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Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting Up Veto

February 12, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate...

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Company Identifies Chemical That Caused CA Explosion

February 12, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A California water treatment company has announced a chemical it was using for the first time led to an explosion that sent dozens to nearby hospitals in November. Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near...

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Delegation: EPA Reaffirms Approval Of ND Haze Plan

February 12, 2015 9:55 am | by Blake Nicholson, Associated Press | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its approval of North Dakota's plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants, rejecting an appeal by environmental groups who favor a federal plan. The EPA in 2012 agreed with the state Health Department's position that the...

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Peru Anti-Oil Exploration Protest Leaves 1 Dead, 22 Wounded

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Franklin Briceno, The Associated Press | Comments

Angry protesters pelted a police headquarters with rocks on Wednesday after security forces fired on locals protesting oil and natural gas exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. At least one person was killed by gunfire and 22 wounded, hospital officials said. Protesters were repelled Tuesday night after entering...

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Should Energy Companies Be Liable For Earthquake Damage?

February 12, 2015 9:31 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The possible connection between disposal of fracking wastewater and earthquakes is the focal point of a lawsuit in Oklahoma. Jennifer Lin Cooper and her attorney Scott Poynter claim the November 2011 earthquakes in Prague, Oklahoma caused significant property damage. They allege that New...

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Greater R&D Tax Credit Opportunities For Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 4:52 pm | by Chris Bard and Chai Hoang, BDO USA | Comments

The Research and Development (R&D) tax credit has been extended retroactively for expenses paid or incurred during 2014, creating many new opportunities for manufacturers. The most recent IRS data shows that manufacturing companies claimed nearly $6 billion in federal R&D credits...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: South China Sea Site Of New Discovery

February 11, 2015 3:59 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week is an image of the beautiful South China Sea. In this week’s breaking news, China discovered a natural gas field in the area. The AP article on the discovery describes the South China Sea as “One of the world’s busiest shipping routes and...

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations. The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that Keystone Construction & Maintenance...

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Report: Third Industrial Revolution Led By Device Manufacturers

February 11, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

This week, IDC and Flexera Software released a new survey report that provides unique insights into how the third industrial revolution, currently sweeping the global economy, is being fueled by device manufacturers. According to the new...

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly In December

February 11, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month. Manufacturing job openings, however, were down compared to November...

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Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of...

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Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Transport Minister Claire Perry says the project was "still in the early days" but said the new technology can...

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Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

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U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses. The U.S. Trade Representative announced the dispute would...

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Congress Set To Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top...

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A Look At The Upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines

February 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

Dietary advice can be confusing. Is it OK to eat meat and eggs? Is fat in or out? What about grains? How much salt? An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay...

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Contamination Still High Near ND Spill, Dropping Downstream

February 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

High contamination levels persist along a North Dakota creek more than a month after a massive wastewater spill was found in the state's oil patch, but levels have dropped considerably in larger rivers downstream, according to documents released by the state Tuesday. Results of a preliminary...

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Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls On Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found. According to the annual report by Chicago-based Kids in Danger, although...

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Rise Of The Machines: Study Sees Robots Cutting Labor Costs In Factories 24%

February 10, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cheaper, better robots are expected cut labour costs at Canadian factories by 24 per cent over the next decade as more companies replace human workers at a faster pace, according to a report issued Tuesday. Globally, labour savings are expected to be reduced by some 16 per cent by 2025, the report by the Boston Consulting Group...

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Samsung: Smart TV Could Be Picking Up Everything You Say

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Samsung’s privacy policy for their smart TV includes some disturbing fine print—that the TV’s voice command technology could be collecting anything it hears you say, and passing that information on to the third party responsible for transcribing voice commands. The policy warns customers to refrain from discussing private or...

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