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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...

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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...

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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...

Obama Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by Erica Werner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to...

Germany To Require 30% Women In Top Boardrooms

November 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats...

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Obama Administration Sets Stricter Smog Standard

November 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the...

Oregon Food Label Measure Headed For Recount

November 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin...

VT Auditor Questions State's Role In Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact. But the Department of Liquor Control is responding that alcohol sales come with public health and safety risks that warrant...

MT Supreme Court Takes Up Coal Tax Dispute

November 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana tax authorities were expected to argue Tuesday before the state Supreme Court that a Wyoming mining company owes $3.4 million for selling coal to affiliated companies at less-than-market prices. State officials say Cloud Peak Energy company undervalued the coal it sold to two affiliates...

New FDA Rules Put Calorie Counts On Menus

November 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced...

Stocks Open Higher Following Strong U.S. Growth

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in...

FAA Chief: Disaster Response Depends On Funding

November 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide — but said widespread upgrades will require money from...

NAM Joins Letter Calling To Improve Environment For U.S. Businesses In India

November 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

In a letter sent today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined 15 U.S. business organizations in urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to use tomorrow’s U.S.–India Trade Policy Forum meeting in New Delhi to address longstanding bilateral trade irritants and new barriers imposed by...

EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight...

EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

November 24, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws. The Daily Times reports that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power...

Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government. Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the...

EPA Delays Decision On Ethanol In Gas

November 21, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both...

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