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Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

NY City Council Eyes New Zoning To Boost Manufacturing

November 19, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City lawmakers are envisioning new zoning districts to encourage growth of manufacturing, technology and design companies, according to a report released Wednesday. It calls for adjusting zoning rules to help make sure there's space for such companies to start, stay and grow in the city....

Keystone: Senate Votes No, McConnell Vows Replay

November 19, 2014 9:47 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in...

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US: Government Aircraft Regulations Apply To Drones

November 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial...

GOP Vows To Pass Keystone Later If Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 12:05 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will become the majority...

CO Panel Makes No Progress On Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado task force wrapped up a final task force meeting on Monday with no consensus on what marijuana-infused foods and drinks should look like. The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be...

NYC Adds $140M For Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 17, 2014 4:37 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced...

VT Fights Industry's Bid To Block GMO Law

November 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington...

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McDonald's Refuses To Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported...

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit In 2014

November 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit. At about $62 billion for the budget year ending Sept....

Federal Ban Sought For Animal Testing On Cosmetics

November 15, 2014 4:07 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Virginia Democrat Don Beyer is expected to take the lead on...

NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 12, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Labor told Gov. Pat McCrory this...

House To Vote On Keystone, Landrieu Seeks Action

November 12, 2014 4:56 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Call it a high-stakes political poker game, with the Louisiana Senate seat the big prize. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, on Wednesday called for vote on approving the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL...

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Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual...

Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for two spills of uranium solution from pipelines at a new Wyoming mine. Over 20,000 gallons spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine in Powder River Basin between Casper and Gillette. In-situ uranium mining...

Obama's Bid For New China Ties Can't Quell Tension

November 11, 2014 5:28 pm | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

When Xi Jinping took the reins of a booming China two years ago, President Barack Obama saw an opportunity to remake America's relationship with the Asian power. But even after Obama's unusually robust efforts to forge personal ties with Xi, the two leaders are meeting in Beijing...

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...

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...

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...

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