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U.S. Oversight Increased At Millstone Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a...

Unemployment Rates Fall In 31 States

October 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent...

EU Antitrust Watchdog Eyes DuPont, Honeywell

October 21, 2014 1:35 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative...

Organic Standards Hazy For Nonfood Items

October 21, 2014 3:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household...

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WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 10:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during...

Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found...

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State May Ban Tesla Selling Practices

October 20, 2014 9:11 am | by USA Today | News | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers...

AAM: It's Time For Action On China's Exchange Rate

October 16, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Treasury is due to release its semi-annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies on Oct. 15. In its April report, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged China’s continued actions to impede market determination, yet failed to name China as a currency...

Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont attorney general's office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The nine pages of rules lay out everything from definitions of "food" and "genetic...

Chipotle Backs Colorado's GMO Food Labeling Effort

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Burrito giant Chipotle is backing a Colorado ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The Denver-based chain said Tuesday that consumers want to know whether the food they're eating has been genetically modified. Company CEO Steve Ells says in his endorsement that...

EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Adam Riedel | Articles | Comments

A few months ago the EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may... 

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Two Takes On The CA Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied...

No Vote On IL Fracking Rules Until November

October 14, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has...

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...

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...

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...

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