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Copper Slide Triggers Mine Closure, Layoffs

January 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

A recent decline in the price of copper — and worrisome projections about the metals market going forward — has led to the closure of one mine in Montana and concern throughout the industry. Spokane Valley, Washington-based Revett Mining Co. this week announced it would suspend operations at the end of the month at Troy Mine, which mines copper and silver northwestern Montana.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 22, 2015 1:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled Mora County's 2013 ban on oil and gas drilling is unconstitutional, prohibiting corporate activities protected by the First Amendment. Browning's order also said the ban violates state law and that it could not be enforced on lands owned by the state.

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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EBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs, Spin-Off, Sell Other Units

January 22, 2015 11:04 am | by Mae Anderson, AP | News | Comments

EBay plans to cut 2,400 jobs, or seven percent of its staff, in the first quarter to simplify its structure and boost profit ahead of a planned separation of its business. The job cuts will fall across its marketplaces, PayPal and enterprise businesses.

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Treasury Sec: Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, AP | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses, where there is more agreement.

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A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so they had the skills and knowledge necessary for his company to make the complex metal components his customers needed. So he launched an employee training program soon after starting his company in 1948.

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Gun Maker Gets Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

January 22, 2015 10:38 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, AP | News | Comments

Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit filed against it by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding. Nine families sued Remington and others in Bridgeport Superior Court in December.

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Montana Spill Renews Worries Over Aging Oil Pipelines

January 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Matthew Brown, AP | News | Comments

A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about the nation's aging pipeline network. "It's the nature of the beast. Pipelines leak and pipelines break. We're never going to get around that. We have to decide if water is more valuable than oil," stated a local rancher.

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Hyundai Reports Earnings Drop Due to Weak Sales Forecasts

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Youkyng Lee, AP | News | Comments

For this year, Hyundai forecast sales will grow just 1.8 percent to 5.05 million vehicles, the weakest growth in recent years. The company expects to begin production at a new factory in China next year, but until then its existing factories are operating at full capacity, leaving no room to boost sales significantly.

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Cleanup Underway For Saltwater Spill in North Dakota

January 22, 2015 10:19 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, AP | News | Comments

Farmers have been asked to keep their livestock away from the three-million gallon spill. Brine, also referred to as saltwater, is an unwanted byproduct of drilling that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.

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Lower Gas Prices Changes the Formula for Electric Cars

January 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP | News | Comments

"Fuel savings are not top of mind to many consumers right now," says John Krafcik, president of TrueCar.com. Automakers have responded by slashing thousands off the sticker price of electrics. Discounting, combined with new vehicle offerings boosted sales last year, but that was before gas prices plunged.

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Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 3:33 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

Given this new era of enforcement, the food industry needs to be weary when investigators come knocking on their door. The tell tale signs of an investigation are FDA investigators asking questions or subpoenas from the FDA, which traditionally only signaled a civil investigation. 

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 3:24 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The modern consumer is certainly a new breed. Researching features and pricing options online, today’s consumer — whether buying a car or toothpaste — is more informed, more discerning and quick to leap from one brand to the next. This certainly places added pressures on manufacturers.

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Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And 'HoloLens'

January 21, 2015 3:18 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view...

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Hillary Clinton to Speak in Canada Amid Debate Over Keystone

January 21, 2015 3:15 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clinton remains the leading Democratic contender to succeed Obama if she runs for president again. The former U.S. secretary of state has so far stayed neutral on Keystone, saying it wouldn't be appropriate for her comment while the State Department is still conducting a formal review of the project.

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Toyota's Lowest-Priced Car Gets Spruced Up

January 21, 2015 3:11 pm | by ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country.

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Some Oil Recovered From Broken Pipeline After River Spill

January 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.

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Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

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Obama: U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberthreats Without New Steps

January 21, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. and its economy will be left vulnerable unless Congress acts to prevent hacking. Obama is calling for cybersecurity legislation in his State of the Union address. He says no foreign nation or...

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