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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for...

Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders. A Canadian company recently withdrew its $450 million proposal to build a...

GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money In Oregon

October 13, 2014 7:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money. With ballots going out to voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents,...

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California Power Regulator Exits Amid Criticism

October 13, 2014 9:42 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's chief utility regulator, under fire over accusations of secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey made...

Oil Dealers Suing Over Gas Expansion Plan

October 10, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut oil dealers are suing over Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's drive to expand the use of natural gas, demanding environmental reviews. The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which represents about 600 oil companies, said they were fling lawsuit in Hartford Superior...

Obama Makes Economic Pitch, Public May Not Agree

October 9, 2014 5:31 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn and Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the public or the president is going to get the message. In a midterm campaign strategy fraught with risk, the White House is betting that Obama's...

East Coast Possible Focus For Offshore Oil

October 9, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fossil fuel and wind power companies are focusing on America's East Coast as a coming energy hub and industry representatives said Thursday they want politicians to ease up regulatory restraints in return for the promise of jobs and tax revenues. Oil companies looking...

Oshkosh To Cut About 370 Jobs

October 9, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday that it plans to lay off about 370 workers from its unit that makes military vehicles. The company said it is cutting the jobs because it is making less military vehicles due to a drop in defense spending by the U.S. government. Oshkosh said...

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

According to author Mike Collins, America’s trade deficit is the single biggest obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs, and to keeping manufacturing jobs in this country. He also agrees with Warren Buffett who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic...

Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Carbon Emission Rules

October 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers are considering how the state could meet new rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Under a federal plan, Georgia would ultimately have to trim its carbon emissions more than 40 percent from 2012 levels. Georgia's Environmental...

Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

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Navy Uniforms Bring Textile Welding To U.S.

October 8, 2014 6:43 am | by Jennifer Mcdermott - Associated Press | News | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger, and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring...

Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 12:43 am | by Richard Lardner - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work. Tilton is the founder of the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, which owns MD...

Defense Contractor Forks Over $13.7M In Settlement

October 7, 2014 7:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a Virginia-based defense contractor has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations it knowingly overbilled the government for work performed by people without proper job qualifications. According to the....

Apple, Google Fight Government Over Encryption

October 7, 2014 5:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

While the newest Apple and Google smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices. Bloomberg’s Jordan Robertson reports on...

Meeting Held To Harmonize U.S., Canada Regulation

October 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.Industry groups and government regulators from both countries will meet Wednesday in...

Syria Declares 4 More Chemical Weapons Facilities

October 7, 2014 3:51 pm | by Cara Anna - Associated Press | News | Comments

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn't been fully open about...

Union Members Plan Rally At EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.The union march and rally is scheduled for Tuesday outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters...

Amazon's Tax Practices Under Investigation

October 7, 2014 2:14 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's competition authority on Tuesday opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate to stash away most of its profits made ...   

Chrysler CEO Talks Future Of Jeep With OH Governor

October 6, 2014 4:51 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when...

Cutler Proposes Plans To Save Bucksport Mill

October 6, 2014 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling on the owner of a closing Bucksport paper mill to preserve the mill so it can be sold to a new operator. Cutler sent a letter to Verso Paper Corp. President David Paterson on Monday also asking Paterson to "operate and maintain" the mill's...

U Maine Receives $700K For Particleboard Research, Plant

October 6, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maine are receiving $700,000 in grants to develop environmentally friendly particleboard panels. The money is from P3Nano, a public-private partnership started by the federal Endowment for Forestry and Communities...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

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