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MI's Population Creeping Up As Autos Recover

December 26, 2014 11:35 am | by David N. Goodman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says. The U.S. Census reported this month that Michigan's population rose a razor-thin 0.1 percent to 9.91 million in...

WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest In U.S.

December 26, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1. The...

Lawmakers Promise To Help Strapped Oil-Patch Towns

December 26, 2014 11:21 am | by Matthew Brown, James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Relief could be on the horizon for strapped public services in the Northern Plains' booming oil...

VA Agriculture Grants Sprout Jobs, Development

December 26, 2014 11:15 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Virginia grant program started in 2012 to support the agriculture and forestry industries is...

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Feds To Study Nuke-Waste Burial In NV

December 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada and the federal Energy Department announced Tuesday they've formalized a panel to study contentious issues including whether radioactive material from a World War II-era plant in Tennessee will be buried at a former nuclear weapons proving ground north of...

Coming Soon To U.S.: Cuba Libre With Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 2:37 pm | by Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy...

Google Sues MS Attorney General

December 23, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has denied Google Inc.'s motion to block enforcement of a subpoena issued by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that seeks information from Google about parts of its operations, including information about advertising for imported prescription...

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FDA Going After Sellers Of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it...

Report Advises IA To Wait On Drone Regulation

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

NY Makes Trashing Electronics Illegal

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

FAA, Industry Launch Drone Safety Campaign

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

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

December 22, 2014 11:22 am | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | 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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The Two Sides Of NY's Ban On Fracking

December 22, 2014 10:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will formally ban the practice. The AP is reporting that Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is...

Cuban Cigar Boom? Not Yet

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

First Drone In NV Test Program Crashes In Demo

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

Will Anyone Buy This Entrepreneur's Futuristic Ship?

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

Obama Declares 2014 'A Breakthrough Year For America'

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

Siena Poll Indicates NY Split On Fracking

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

EPA Expected To Treat Coal Waste Like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a...

The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 18, 2014 4:58 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. First, let’s review the project and the two major sides in the debate. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm...

New EPA Regulations Impact Pump Industry

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

Workplace Safety Agency Cites NE Plant

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

Sony Cyberattack May Be Costliest Ever

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

NY To Ban Fracking, Hand Victory To Environmentalists

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

WA Governor Proposes Carbon Pollution Cap

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

ND Fines Company $687K For Disposal Violations

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

NY Will Move To Prohibit Fracking

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

Sony Under Attack From Hackers And Ex-Employees

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Threats of violence against movie theaters. Cancelled showings of "The Interview." Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages. The fallout from the hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves...

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