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Obama Inflames Divisive Debate On 'Net Neutrality'

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and...

USDA Approves GMO Potato

November 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. developed the potato, and it was approved by the...

Foundation Of U.S. Nuclear System Showing Cracks

November 10, 2014 2:19 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the military forces equipped with nuclear weapons but also in the civilian bureaucracy that controls them, justifies their cost, plans their future and...

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White House Wants Greater Regulation Of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by industry. The Federal Communications Commission...

Obama: Stronger Ties With China Will Bring Jobs

November 10, 2014 1:57 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

President Obama delivered a speech at an economic summit in Beijing on Monday, saying he wants the United States and China to strengthen ties that could lead to more jobs. He said the U.S. welcomes the rise of a prosperous and stable China...

Showdown Looms As CA Discusses Pesticides

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the...

Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. Friday's strong jobs report showed that the jobless rate — the most closely watched gauge of the economy's health — is down to 5.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 7.2 percent. Five years ago, it was 10...

Schumer Calls For Review Of Car Safety Screening

November 9, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger...

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Job Gains Top 200K For Ninth Month

November 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the steadiest pace of job growth in nearly 20 years. In addition, a combined 31,000 more jobs were added in...

Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan. "This case underscores the department's commitment to hold...

Manufacturers Urge Obama To Intercede In Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers, farmers, and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse...

NC Panel Discusses Revisions To Fracking Rules

November 6, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Carolina panel developing rules on hydraulic fracturing agreed Thursday that regulators should have the explicit ability to halt work if there are violations at a drilling operation. Three members of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission who presided over public hearings on...

NRA Blocks Ban On Serving Dog, Cat Meat In PA

November 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association, people remain free to dine on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" explains how Pennsylvania butchers selling dog and cat meat brought upon a House bill designed to outlaw the human consumption of common household pets...

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IN Panel Projecting Stronger Economy For 2015

November 6, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana University economists projected Thursday that the number of people working in the state will return to its pre-recession peak next year. The panel from the Kelley School of Business released its annual economic forecast, saying Indiana is expected to see slightly less economic growth than...

GOP Eager To Move On Keystone XL

November 6, 2014 12:02 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that's been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama's health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations. Democrats suffered...

100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 11:43 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state. For two hours, the demonstrators peacefully...

HeathCare.gov Gets Cybersecurity Upgrade

November 6, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law. Andy Slavitt, overseeing the complex technology, says the facility that hosts HealthCare.gov is now certified to meet the...

Productivity, Labor Costs Rise In 3Q

November 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity increased at a 2.0 percent annual rate during the third quarter of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 4.4 percent and hours worked increased 2.3 percent. (All quarterly percent changes...

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 278K

November 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market should continue to improve. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined...

Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 2:06 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a...

NAM: Now Is The Time To Govern

November 5, 2014 2:02 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the results of the 2014 midterm election: "Manufacturers were engaged in this election more than ever before. Whether supporting pro-manufacturing candidates through the NAM’s Political Action...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

$13B In State, Local Conservation Measures Pass

November 5, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Election Day was not just about the Republican landslide: Voters in states and counties across the nation supported about $13 billion in conservation funding. That amount was a record for money approved at the ballot box on Tuesday, according to the Trust for Public Land, which has been tracking such environmental...

Maui Votes To Ban GMOs

November 5, 2014 11:13 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maui County voters opted Tuesday to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops after a hard-fought campaign featuring $8 million in advertising from some of the world's largest corn-seed producers. The ban passed by a narrow margin, with 50 percent in favor and 48 percent...

NSA Director: U.S. Intelligence Depends On Silicon Valley

November 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence depends on Silicon Valley innovation for technologies that strengthen the Internet and staff to provide national cybersecurity, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers told Stanford University professors and students Monday. While the federal government is never going to match...

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