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U.S. Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6% In Nov

December 23, 2014 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months — both encouraging signs for economic growth. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that consumer spending increased 0.6 percent in November, double the...

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Report Advises IA To Wait On Drone Regulation

December 23, 2014 10:21 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | Comments

Iowa should take a wait-and-see approach to regulating unmanned aerial vehicles because of their huge potential for positive uses in business and government, the Iowa Department of Public Safety advises in a new report. The report, requested by lawmakers in May, suggests that existing...

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Drop 0.7% In Nov

December 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. factory orders for long-lasting manufactured goods slumped in November, largely due to falling demand in the military and defence sectors. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods dropped 0.7 per cent last month, the third decline in the past four months. Much...

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Oil Patch Towns Looking To Catch Up With Demands

December 23, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects, despite an expected downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for...

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NY Makes Trashing Electronics Illegal

December 23, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

If Santa brings you a shiny new laptop, game console, or flat-screen TV, don't toss the old one in the trash. Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage. Violators can...

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Federal Regulators: Safety Violations Where Workers Lost Fingers

December 22, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators say a northeast Pennsylvania chimney supply company continued to violate safety regulations after accidents in which some employees lost fingers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it is fining Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. of Scranton $49,000 for 14 safety...

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U.S. Companies Eager To Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles

December 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet...

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FAA, Industry Launch Drone Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. The campaign includes a website which...

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Officials Approve Incentives For IA Vegetable Oil Plant

December 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

State and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska, soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa. An agreement approved Friday by the Woodbury County Board will exempt Ag Processing Inc. from $2.1 million in county...

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GM Pickup Production In MO A Boon For Other Plants

December 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since GM began producing the midsize pickups this...

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CA Puzzles Over Safety Of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 12:01 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to...

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Senator Moran: Obama Can Ease Regulations On Wheat Exports To Cuba

December 22, 2014 11:22 am | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama's announcement this week to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some economic restrictions has been closely followed in Kansas, as the move could open up a major market for winter wheat producers. "This is a Kansas issue because wheat is Cuba's second...

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Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet

December 22, 2014 10:01 am | by Rachel La Corte, Kelli Kennedy, T he Associated Press | Comments

The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business. "I don't think they'll be...

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First Drone In NV Test Program Crashes In Demo

December 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | Comments

An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. "This is still a great day for Nevada," Gov. Brian Sandoval said after the orange aircraft dubbed the...

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Will Anyone Buy This Entrepreneur's Futuristic Ship?

December 22, 2014 9:46 am | by David Sharp, The Associated Press | Comments

Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. The angular vessel looks like a waterborne stealth fighter. It rides atop underwater torpedo-shaped tubes powered by a pair of 2,000-horsepower gas turbine engines. Gyroscopes keep the ride smooth. Sadly, Ghost is all revved up with no place to go. The brainchild of a wealthy...

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Industrial Cybersecurity Expert: Not Enough Is Being Done

December 19, 2014 4:47 pm | by International Society Of Automation | Comments

Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. That’s the viewpoint expressed by Steve Mustard, an industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of the International Society of...

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Year After WV River Spills, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | Comments

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush off cause for concern over the odor in January. It was the...

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Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

December 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. "My presidency is entering the...

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Obama: Keystone Offers Little Benefit To Consumers

December 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure. He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get...

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Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

December 19, 2014 3:32 pm | by David Klepper, The Associated Press | Comments

New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as the state prepares to outlaw the drilling process, according to a Siena College poll released Friday. The survey found that 38 percent oppose fracking and 35 percent support it. Support for fracking was highest among Republicans and in...

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