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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.           

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Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 9:48 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

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Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                             

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Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.            

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Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots

July 18, 2014 2:30 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a new report released Thursday, President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers point to an aging population as the biggest single factor contributing to the lowest participation rate in 36 years.               

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Blast Reported at Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                           

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Australia Repeals 2-Year-Old Carbon Tax

July 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.         

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Philly Factory Growth Fastest in 3 Years

July 18, 2014 2:21 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments and hiring all rose.                            

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The Refrigerated Extractor Dryer

July 18, 2014 12:36 pm | by La-Man Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

La-Man Corporation offers a series of Refrigerated Air Dryers to provide reduced dewpoint temperatures and air line filtration for a wide variety of compressed air applications.

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Shaft Grounding Solution

July 18, 2014 12:23 pm | by Inpro/Seal | Product Releases | Comments

The Inpro/Seal Smart CDR provides users with instant feedback on the performance of their CDR (Current Diverter Ring) in delivering shaft currents away from bearings to ground.      

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Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions

July 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Deublin Company | Product Releases | Comments

Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and rotating equipment including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches.

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Giant, Portable Mobile Crane

July 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Air Technical Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Air Technical Industries, Inc. has developed the Port-O-Giant Mobile Crane with special features to provide increased lift height and available features for outdoor use or hazardous applications. 

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Land Rover's LR4 Updated for Fuel Efficiency

July 18, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera.                  

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Disaster Strikes Twice for Malaysia Airlines

July 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephen Wright and Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.          

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Second-In-Command at EPA Resigns

July 18, 2014 9:45 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.                                

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Edible Marijuana Products Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular Colorado brand of marijuana-infused brownies and other sweets was recalled Thursday amid concerns of contamination from unsanitary equipment.                             

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Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press | News | Comments

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10.                                     

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Factory Worker Makes Most of British Open Opportunity

July 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

On a typical Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John Singleton would be making paints and varnishes in a resin factory. Maybe driving around in a forklift truck. Not this Thursday morning.                      

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Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save the Middle Class?

July 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.                

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