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Fish Farming Finds Its Way To Land-Locked Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press | Comments

The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky...

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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the...

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12...

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U.S. Rig Count Down To 1,893

December 12, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 27 this week to 1,893. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,546 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,782 active...

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AAM: Growing Trade Deficit With China Costs U.S. Jobs

December 12, 2014 2:43 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Comments

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs – the overwhelming majority of them in manufacturing – according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). “I am outraged that 3.2 million U.S. jobs have been lost due to the growing trade deficit with...

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Avian Flu Continues To Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested...

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NAM CEO Speaks Out On NLRB Ruling

December 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule on "ambush elections": "It's clear the Administration has an agressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective...

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Poll Reveals Americans' Stance On Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The results of....

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China's Factory Output Growth Declines

December 12, 2014 12:57 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Growth in China's factory output declined further in November in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. Industrial production rose by 7.2 percent over a year earlier, government data showed Friday. That was down from October's 7.7 percent growth and September's 8 percent...

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Cheaper Gas, Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer...

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Bath Iron Works Awarded $21M Contract For Destroyers

December 12, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree...

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Ferrari Looks To Burnish Brand Value

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | Comments

Ferrari's sleek sports cars and souped-up Formula 1 racing machines have made the prancing horse logo among the world's most powerful brands. Now, as the company prepares for a public listing, it wants to cash in on the cachet. The aim: position Ferrari not just as a car-maker, but as a luxury goods...

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Holiday Shopping Boosts U.S. Retail Sales

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales perked up in November, as cheaper gas and an improving job market fueled a promising start to the holiday shopping season. Retail sales rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.7 percent, the most in eight months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Falling gasoline prices dented gas stations receipts...

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Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Chrysler 300 and...

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Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story Of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 9:42 am | by GE Reports | Comments

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when GE still needed to sell the general public on the value of artificial illumination. So it made sense for the company to devote an episode of the General Electric Fantasy Hour to a show about a little reindeer who saves the day with his bright red nose.  Rudolph the...

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USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand In Report

December 11, 2014 3:14 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the...

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November Budget Deficit Drops To $56.8B

December 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar. The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for November totaled $56.8 billion, a drop of...

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Ban Urges Big Polluters To Present Climate Pledges

December 11, 2014 3:08 pm | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged governments to listen to scientists "shouting from the roof tops" and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. With U.N. talks in Lima bogged down by age-old splits between rich and poor countries, Ban told The Associated...

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MS Regulators OK Small Entergy Rate Increases

December 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | Comments

Entergy Corp. will get a $16.2 million overall rate increase but many customers will see little or no difference in their monthly bills under a new rate plan approved Thursday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Under the plan, which will take effect with February bills, a residential...

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OR GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The Yes on 92 campaign said Thursday there are no other legal options remaining that could lead them to victory. The campaign filed a lawsuit earlier this week...

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