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Signatures Submitted To Fight CA Bag Ban

December 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business groups trying to overturn a new California law that bans single-use plastic bags said Monday that they've collected more than enough signatures to put their referendum on the November 2016 ballot. If the referendum qualifies, the nation's first statewide ban on...

2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014. More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after...

Key Decisions On Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said...

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NJ Officials Pleading For Mercedes To Stay

December 29, 2014 9:54 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz hasn't even publicly said it's considering moving its U.S. headquarters out of New Jersey, but some state officials are so concerned about the possibility they're campaigning publicly to try to keep the company and...

Farmers Brace For Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from...   

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 Seattle Times reports that the minimum wage in the state will hit $9.47 an hour then. The minimum wage in neighboring Oregon will rise to $9.25, the second-highest in 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 patch, as elected leaders in Montana and North Dakota move to steer more money into the region during the states' upcoming legislative...  

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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 sprouting job growth and economic development across the state, particularly in rural areas. Growing the state's two largest private economic drivers is...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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