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Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said...

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'Red Warning Lights' Flashing For Global Economy

November 17, 2014 1:56 pm | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying.Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession...

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Why Airfare Keeps Rising Despite Lower Oil Prices

November 17, 2014 1:44 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Planes are full. Passengers clamor for amenities. Investors want a payout. New planes are on order. Those are all reasons the airlines likely won't be passing their recent savings on fuel along to fliers in the form of lower fares. In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted...

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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 17, 2014 12:44 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel said in a statement Friday from Frankfurt, Germany, that called on Volkswagen to...

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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

November 17, 2014 12:36 pm | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces it will highlight its line of Woodhead Super-Safeway and Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) at the Rockwell Automation Show, November 19-20 in Anaheim, CA. Molex will display the devices, which can be used in many different commercial and...

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GE's $500M Brazil Research Center Focuses On Subsea Oil, Gas Exploration

November 17, 2014 12:31 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE opened its Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro today. The $500 million research hub will focus on developing advanced technologies for offshore oil and gas exploration and production. The center, GE’s first in Latin America, will employ 400 researchers by the end of the...

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GM Extends Claims Deadline

November 17, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims. Kenneth Feinberg announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015. The company came under fire last week because...

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Cause Of Deadly Leak At TX Plant Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. Company spokesman Aaron Woods said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in...

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U.S. Factory Production Rises 0.2%, Slowdown In Auto Limits Growth

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 per cent in October. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and...

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NY Manufacturing Grows At Faster Pace

November 17, 2014 9:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers in New York grew at a faster pace in November and their expectations for future growth rose to the highest level in nearly three years. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 10.2 in November from 6.2 the previous month. It reached a...

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China, Austrailia Sign Free-Trade Deal

November 17, 2014 4:06 am | by Rod Mcguirk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal on Monday that would give Australia's service industry unsurpassed access to the Chinese market and Australian agriculture advantages over competitors from the United States, Canada and the European Union, officials said. Chinese President...

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What Japan's Recession Means For Country, World

November 17, 2014 1:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a surprise, Japan said its economy, the world's 3rd-biggest following the U.S. and China, contracted 1.6 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter as consumer and corporate spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase in April. Here are some implications for the...

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Auto Industry Builds New-Look River Region Economy

November 16, 2014 10:06 am | by Brad Harper, The Montgomery Advertiser | News | Comments

Long reliant on state jobs and military money, Montgomery shifted gears in 2002 when Hyundai announced it would open its first America production plant here. Since then, the River Region has built its present and future on the sturdy back of an ever-growing manufacturing network. The $1.7...

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Federal Ban Sought For Animal Testing On Cosmetics

November 15, 2014 4:07 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on...

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Ford Expands Air Bag Recall After Malaysian Death

November 14, 2014 8:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe. Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after the crash in Malaysia...

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Judge: KY Must Approve Sale Of Alcohol Distributor

November 14, 2014 6:10 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to approve the sale of a small distributor to Anheuser-Busch in a decision that could lead to legislative fight when the General Assembly returns in January. Franklin circuit court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ordered the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage...

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BlackBerry Expanding Its Mobile-Security Arsenal

November 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.                         

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Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:18 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.          

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Duke Announces Plans To Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                     

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SAP To Pay Oracle $359M To End Legal Battle

November 14, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.                       

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