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Clinton: Protect Obama's Environmental Actions At All Costs

December 2, 2014 | by Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said steps President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected at all costs. Clinton spoke Monday at a dinner of the League of Conservation Voters in New York as she weighs another presidential...

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Expanding In MO

December 18, 2014 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States. Plans for the expansion were announced...

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U.S. Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill To Confront Rising Risks Of Cyberattack

December 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by Automation Federation | Comments

The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014. The bipartisan bill—which now goes to President Obama to be signed into law—is designed to...

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.6% In Nov

December 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month, matching the revised October gain. The October reading had originally...

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New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Nate Maguire | Comments

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance.The EPA estimates 2.1 billion fish, crabs and...

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Manufacturing Growth Slows In Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest levels in 21 years in November. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity...

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan. The automaker announced Thursday that it's investing $126 million in the expansion of its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor Township and consolidating vehicle development operations...

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Amazon Launches One Hour Shipping In Manhattan

December 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to select areas of Manhattan on Thursday. It provides delivery of household products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys...

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

December 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure. The Kearney Hub reports that Eaton Corp. faces a $7,000 fine for the July incident. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection says the...

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Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

December 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker, Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to...

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Decline To 289K

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since...

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NY To Ban Fracking, Hand Victory To Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom...

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Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:22 am | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | Comments

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't...

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WA Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

December 18, 2014 10:07 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | Comments

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The proposal was part of a broader package that the Democrat said would help the state meet a 2008 mandate to drastically reduce...

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Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing...

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Kraft CEO Announces Retirement, Successor Named

December 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successor. Vernon has served as CEO since the company's spinoff from Mondelez International in October 2012. While Vernon plans to retire from the...

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MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...

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ND Fines Company $687K For Disposal Violations

December 17, 2014 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota regulators have assessed a $687,000 fine against a Utah company for allegedly violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission that includes Gov. Jack Dalrymple approved the sanction on Wednesday against Redemption Energy LLC. Officials say the company...

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NY Will Move To Prohibit Fracking

December 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would...

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Comments

Typically when we think of big data, we think of large corporations that have the tools and resources to make sense of all their data. However, mid-market companies are beginning to explore how to leverage big data effectively, too. Like larger corporations, mid-market companies can experience many...

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Apple Stops Sales In Russia

December 17, 2014 3:56 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple has halted online sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in Russia amid financial turmoil triggered by the steep decline in the country's currency. The ruble plunged by as much as 20 percent Tuesday, even after Russia's central bank increased interest rates sharply in an attempt to shore up the...

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