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Treasury Sec: Congress Should Turn Efforts Toward Business Taxes

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, AP | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses, where there is more agreement.

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Gun Maker Gets Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

January 22, 2015 10:38 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, AP | Comments

Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit filed against it by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding. Nine families sued Remington and others in Bridgeport Superior Court in December.

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Montana Spill Renews Worries Over Aging Oil Pipelines

January 22, 2015 10:33 am | by Matthew Brown, AP | Comments

A second large oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about the nation's aging pipeline network. "It's the nature of the beast. Pipelines leak and pipelines break. We're never going to get around that. We have to decide if water is more valuable than oil," stated a local rancher.

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Hyundai Reports Earnings Drop Due to Weak Sales Forecasts

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Youkyng Lee, AP | Comments

For this year, Hyundai forecast sales will grow just 1.8 percent to 5.05 million vehicles, the weakest growth in recent years. The company expects to begin production at a new factory in China next year, but until then its existing factories are operating at full capacity, leaving no room to boost sales significantly.

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Cleanup Underway For Saltwater Spill in North Dakota

January 22, 2015 10:19 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, AP | Comments

Farmers have been asked to keep their livestock away from the three-million gallon spill. Brine, also referred to as saltwater, is an unwanted byproduct of drilling that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.

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Lower Gas Prices Changes the Formula for Electric Cars

January 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP | Comments

"Fuel savings are not top of mind to many consumers right now," says John Krafcik, president of TrueCar.com. Automakers have responded by slashing thousands off the sticker price of electrics. Discounting, combined with new vehicle offerings boosted sales last year, but that was before gas prices plunged.

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Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And 'HoloLens'

January 21, 2015 3:18 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The HoloLens is worn over the eyes like virtual reality headsets. While it's unclear when it might be available for sale, a Microsoft engineer showed how it could be used to view...

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Hillary Clinton to Speak in Canada Amid Debate Over Keystone

January 21, 2015 3:15 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | Comments

Clinton remains the leading Democratic contender to succeed Obama if she runs for president again. The former U.S. secretary of state has so far stayed neutral on Keystone, saying it wouldn't be appropriate for her comment while the State Department is still conducting a formal review of the project.

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Toyota's Lowest-Priced Car Gets Spruced Up

January 21, 2015 3:11 pm | by ANN M. JOB, For The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota's lowest-priced car, the Yaris, is restyled inside and out for 2015, has an improved ride and adds new standard features — all for a starting retail price of less than $16,000. The Yaris, available as three-door and five-door hatchbacks, continues to rank among the top 10 gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars in fuel economy in the country.

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Some Oil Recovered From Broken Pipeline After River Spill

January 21, 2015 3:06 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into the Yellowstone River and contaminated a Montana city's drinking water. An estimated 40,000 gallons is still in the river and will be difficult to extract because of a thick layer of ice.

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Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The proposed standards announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

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Obama: U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberthreats Without New Steps

January 21, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. and its economy will be left vulnerable unless Congress acts to prevent hacking. Obama is calling for cybersecurity legislation in his State of the Union address. He says no foreign nation or...

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EPA Adds Restrictions To Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 21, 2015 9:18 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace. The new measures build on previous restrictions that began in 2006 when the EPA reached a landmark voluntary pact with eight...

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2 Groups Back Away From Plan On NM Power Plant

January 21, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two of the half-dozen organizations that endorsed a utility's plan to shut down half of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico are pulling out. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Renewable Energy Industries Association...

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NAM: President’s Call For Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign For Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight: “Manufacturers powered the American resurgence the President hailed tonight. Manufacturing...

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Baker Hughes To Lay Off 7,000 Workers, Planning For Downturn

January 21, 2015 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000-plus workers Baker Hughes says...

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 20, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days. Last week, Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil drilling services company, announced 9,000...

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Prospective Buyers Emerge For Shuttered Maine Paper Plant

January 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Three companies have expressed interest in reopening a Maine paper plant closed last month. But the head of the firm set to take control of the plant says he won't open discussions unless offers are on the table, and a federal judge today rejected efforts to halt the sale. Verso Paper Corp. last fall announced plans...

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