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Solar Plane Pioneers Lay Out Round-the-World Flight Plan

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Adam Shreck, The Associated Press | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype...

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All Systems Ready For Navy's Communications Satellite Launch

January 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Product Design & Development | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tonight. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

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From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Henry Jackson, The Associated Press | Comments

Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected...

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AK Faces Lean Budget Times As Oil Prices Plunge

January 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press | Comments

After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. When lawmakers left Juneau last April, the price of North Slope crude, Alaska's economic...

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BP Back In Court, This Time For Clean Water Act Penalties

January 20, 2015 9:48 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The company responsible for the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history is currently facing the Clean Water Act's largest civil penalty. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, causing the deaths of eleven workers and the destruction of the surrounding environment...

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Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

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U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

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Russia Rocket Maker: Deal With Orbital Sciences Worth $1 B

January 16, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Russian rocket manufacturer says its contract with U.S. Orbital Sciences is worth about $1 billion. Russia's state-controlled Energiya said in Friday's statement that the deal with its subsidiary, Energomash, envisages the delivery of 60 RD-181 engines, the first pair of which is to be shipped in...

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GE To Provide Natural Gas Turbines For Allen Plant

January 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis. GE said Thursday that the natural gas-powered generators will...

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Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth In 2014

January 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest monthly numbers from the Federal Reserve. But the manufacturing sector faces challenges from both a turbulent global economy and capacity limitations at home. December estimates from the Fed show...

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New Rules Could Open Cuba To Wide Range Of American Trade

January 16, 2015 1:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products. Analysts warn, however, that companies looking to expand into Cuba should proceed with caution after more than five decades...

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Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

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Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds...

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'Leap Second' Could Pose Web Problems This Summer

January 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Prominent websites and apps could once again face problems this summer when officials tack an additional second onto Tuesday, June 30. That date, however, also could be the last time the issue of the "leap second" pops up, depending on the outcome of a vote by an international...

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Illinois Community College To Offer Degree In Fracking

January 16, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is  aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Illinois signed off on long-awaited rules to govern the high-volume oil and gas drilling process within its borders...

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U.S. Factories Churn Out More Steel, Computers, Lifting Production For 4th Straight Month

January 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and steel, offsetting a small decline in autos. The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.3 per cent last month, the fourth straight gain. The increase comes after total output finally passed...

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Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

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200 Protest Proposed Power Plant In Oxford, CT

January 16, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 200 people rallied in Oxford against a proposed power plant as state regulators inspected the site before a public meeting on the project. The Republican-American reports that protesters held signs on Thursday urging rejection of the CPV Towantic Energy Center. Connecticut Siting Council...

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Obama Renews Push For Paid Leave For Working Parents

January 15, 2015 3:02 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave. "How can we support working families so they have the tools to succeed in this new economy?" Obama said at a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick...

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Federal Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth

January 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. The Fed said business...

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