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Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.         

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise on Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                                  

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Duke Announces Plans to Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                      

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First High Cut Resistant Touchscreen Glove

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | by Wells Lamont Industrial | News | Comments

Wells Lamont Industrial, a U.S. manufacturer of hand and arm protection, introduces its Touchscreen Cut Resistant Glove.                                     

Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case | Articles | Comments

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

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2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 10:18 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

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Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

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October Budget Deficit Rises to $121.7B

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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GM: 13 Families Notified in Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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Price of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil took another sharp tumble as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

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Cold Front Helps Wake up Wheat and Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheat prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. Plains states and after a government report showed domestic supplies slipped.                             

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Baker Hughes Talks About Possible Merger With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it is in talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                                    

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This Car Has a Jet Engine

November 13, 2014 1:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The 1963 Chrysler Turbine car has a jet engine under its hood. In its heyday, it represented the future of automobiles. We blast off in this retro dream car.                           

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Honda Widens Air Bag Recall

November 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year.                    

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Monsanto To Pay Pacific Northwest Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                             

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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

November 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.     

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U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

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Senate Democrats End Block on Keystone XL Vote

November 13, 2014 1:14 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

After being blocked for six years by Senate Democrats, the House votes today on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Democratic leaders thought giving Sen. Mary Landrieu something she has been demanding for years might boost her chances of winning a runoff back home.

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