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Eurozone Weighs Future Of Greek Bailout

December 8, 2014 10:21 am | by David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eurozone finance ministers and Greek officials haggled Monday over whether Athens needs to take more austerity measures before it emerges from its expiring bailout deal. European Union loans are due to stop at year end as Greece recovers from its economic crisis and debt...

SC Co-Op Members Oppose Tighter CO2 Standards

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lot of people served by South Carolina's largest electric cooperative don't like proposed tighter government standards on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that more than 51,000 comments opposing the new standards were...

UN Chief Hoping For Draft Of Global Climate Deal

December 4, 2014 4:40 pm | by Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Ban said he is encouraged by new targets for fossil...

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Christie Says Oil Pipeline Should Have Been Approved

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the controversial Keystone XL pipeline should have been approved a long time ago and the regulatory process has gone overboard. Christie made the remarks in Calgary, Alberta while on his second foreign trip in recent months, which has given him the chance...

Gov Mead Blasts EPA Power Plant Rules

December 4, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.The EPA this summer proposed restrictions on existing power plants intended to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent...

EU Makes Move To Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament and member states agreed on Thursday that national governments...

Obama Tells CEOs He Wants To Work On Wage Growth

December 3, 2014 5:05 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market. In a question and answer session...

U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule For Employers

December 3, 2014 4:56 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Wednesday issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule would carry out terms of a workplace anti-discrimination law signed by President Barack Obama...

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Fed Survey Finds Economy Expanding At End Of Year

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment. The Fed's latest review of business conditions around the country found many areas of strength. The report for the first time this...

New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 3, 2014 1:39 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions, a smog-causing pollutant that is often linked to asthma, respiratory illness, and heart disease. The regulations proposed by the Obama administration would lower the amount...

Inslee Backs EPA Plan To Cut Emissions

December 3, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee says he strongly backs an Obama administration proposal to reduce emissions from the nation's power plants. In comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Democratic governor says the plan is an important step in cutting carbon...

Obama To Discuss Economic Ideas With CEOs

December 3, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office. Obama on Wednesday will attend the quarterly meeting of the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs. Obama plans to give...

NJ Governor Pig Crate Decision Could Hurt Pork Producers

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has until Monday to decide whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages — a piece of legislation seen by many as a gauge of his presidential ambitions. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates, which are metal...

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Europe Agrees To Fund Ariane 6 Orbital Launcher

December 2, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European governments have agreed to fund the development of Ariane 6, a next-generation rocket that will be used to launch satellites into orbit. The decision taken Tuesday at a ministerial meeting in Luxembourg comes as the European Space Agency faces increasing competition from...

Clinton: Protect Obama's Environmental Actions At All Costs

December 2, 2014 11:08 am | by Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press | News | 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...

Chicago City Council To Vote On $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019. The council is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning. A council committee advanced the plan Monday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the special meeting amid fears...

China's Carbon Goal A Tough Sell In Coal Country

December 2, 2014 1:06 am | by Jack Chang , The Associated Press | News | Comments

The black slabs of coal came in by the truckload through this dusty valley in northern China, slated to power cement and steel plants, heat the houses of poor farmers and even grill skewers of lamb and beef. Just a few dozen miles from the capital of Beijing, in Hebei province, coal use has long...

U.S. Adds To List Of Items From Child, Forced Labor

December 1, 2014 6:40 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Monday expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labor, ranging from garments from Bangladesh and electronics from Malaysia to cotton and sugar cane from India. The full list now includes 136 goods fro...

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 6:34 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theatres and...

OH Regulators Say Power Plant Goals Unachievable

December 1, 2014 6:22 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday that new federal goals for reducing mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants are unachievable, costly and based on flawed assumptions. The Ohio Environmental...

U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the...

U.S. Tightens Smog Limits In Bid To Protect Health

November 26, 2014 6:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public...

White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits On Ice

November 26, 2014 12:19 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class. Speculation on Capitol Hill...

EU Proposes $380B Economy Investment Plan

November 26, 2014 11:52 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's executive is proposing a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy, a scheme whose success will depend on leveraging 21 billion euros in guarantees and seed money to attract private...

NAM: New Ozone Regulation Jeopardizes Manufacturing Comeback

November 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of an expanded ozone standard: “Manufacturers in the United States are working hard for a manufacturing...

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