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Jamaica Signs Deal To Search For Offshore Oil, Gas

November 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Jamaica's petroleum firm has signed an agreement with a British oil company, clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in offshore blocks south of the island. The "production sharing agreement" was signed with London-headquartered Tullow Oil, which has a 100...

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Honda To Inaugurate Motorcycle Plant In Vietnam

November 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by JCN Newswire | Comments

Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd., a Honda motorcycle and automobile sales and production joint venture in Vietnam, today held an inauguration ceremony of the third motorcycle production plant in Ha Nam Province. Vice Prime Minister of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Hoang Trung Hai and...

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Penske Once Again A Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer

November 11, 2014 1:51 pm | by PRNewswire | Comments

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. "Penske proudly hires and employs veterans and...

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EU Ready To Land First Probe On Streaking Comet

November 11, 2014 1:42 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever — the European Space...

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New Pot Shops On The Block Not Always Popular

November 11, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | Comments

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses. From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial...

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German Industrial Union Seeks 5.5% Raise

November 11, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy. The IG Metall union's leadership made the recommendation Tuesday ahead of negotiations in... 

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Pros & Cons Of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone? Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC...

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Hellmann's Owner Sues Over Company's Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise. The food company Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators...

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Obama Inflames Divisive Debate On 'Net Neutrality'

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and...

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EU Nations Could Get Power To Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc. Tuesday's vote on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, must still be converted into...

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GE Capital: Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up To Meet Surging Orders

November 11, 2014 10:23 am | by Syndigate Media Inc | Comments

The aerospace supply industry is still in the early days of a long-term boom in orders, say industry participants at a recent suppliers summit hosted by GE Capital at GE Aviation's headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. The large majority of participants, who were split about evenly in...

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Google Signs 60-year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration, and robotics. The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years...

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Ford Starts Production Of Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 1:04 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 Tuesday at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company's headquarters. It...

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Former Mamtek CEO Gets 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 10, 2014 7:03 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground. Bruce Cole, 67, of Beverly Hills, California,...

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Judge Refuses To Fire Gulf Oil Spill Claims Chief

November 10, 2014 5:41 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should be...

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2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2%

November 10, 2014 2:52 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 77.3% from August and up 61.4% when compared with the total...

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Are Apple Devices At Risk?

November 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software, called "Masque Attack," that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app. The app can be designed to look like an update...

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USDA Approves GMO Potato

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. developed the potato, and it was approved by the...

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China Trade Growth Decelerates

November 10, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's trade growth decelerated in October but still was relatively robust as Chinese leaders try to reverse a deepening economic slowdown. Exports rose 11.6 percent to $206.9 billion, down from September's 18-month high of 15.3 percent growth, trade data showed Saturday. Imports rose 4.6 percent...

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Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks

November 10, 2014 2:19 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | Comments

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and...

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