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TX Company Postpones NE Plant Project

February 6, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

A company that makes piping and casing for oil and gas drilling has postponed plans to build a manufacturing plant in northeast Nebraska, the company president said Wednesday, citing changing conditions in the oil market.          

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No Fast or Slow Lanes For Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.          

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German Factory Orders Post Strong Rise in December

February 5, 2015 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany's Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Europe's largest economy rose a much stronger-than-expected 4.2 percent in December, with demand rising both at home and abroad.                  

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Ford Motor Co. to Add 900 Jobs at Missouri Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.                                      

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Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November.                 

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Tesla a Step Closer to Selling Cars from Arizona Stores

February 5, 2015 4:53 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has moved a step closer to selling vehicles directly to consumers at Arizona stores. The state House Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow carmakers to bypass dealers and sell directly to consumers if the company establishes a service center in the state.

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Europe's ATR in Focus Again After 2nd Taiwan Air Disaster

February 5, 2015 4:44 pm | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

European aircraft maker ATR is in the spotlight again after the dramatic crash Wednesday of a TransAsia Airways turboprop into a river in Taiwan. It's the second time in seven months that a TransAsia ATR has been involved in a fatal accident.   

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U.S. Jobless Applications Rise, but Levels Point to Job Growth

February 5, 2015 2:47 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.                               

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1 Percent to $46.6 Billion

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports.                             

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U.S. Head of FDA Stepping Down; Chief Scientist to Take Over

February 5, 2015 2:31 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press

Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective. After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg announced her resignation Thursday in an email to staff.     

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WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 2:15 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution.               

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U.S. Productivity Falls at 1.8% Rate in Fourth Quarter

February 5, 2015 10:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. worker productivity went into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increased.                                        

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West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be 5 Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:40 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract.                           

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Taiwan Plane Crash Survivor Says Engine 'Did Not Feel Right'

February 5, 2015 10:35 am | by Ralph Jennings, The Associated Press

The exact reason for the Taiwan plane crash is still unknown, but most believe the answer lies with the engine. One survivor explained that "the engine did not feel right," and prior to the crash, the pilot told the control tower that the engine was experiening 'flameout.' 

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White House Budget Would Boost Labor Regulators

February 5, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion funding increase for the Labor Department — including millions to bolster the department's regulatory oversight agencies.               

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North Dakota Oil Industry Avoids Layoffs

February 5, 2015 9:59 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Sliding oil prices have meant mass layoffs in the Texas oilfields. It appears that in second-place North Dakota, however, the burgeoning shale oil and natural gas sector will be spared mass job cuts in the short term.          

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Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 9:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March.                             

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Report: Navistar Contract Agreement Would Salvage Pension Plan

February 5, 2015 9:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The tentative agreement between truck and engine manufacturer Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers union reportedly will continue the company's pension plan.                       

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JM Smucker Buying Big Heart Pet Brands

February 4, 2015 2:54 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press

J. M. Smucker Co. said Tuesday that it is buying pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands in a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, giving it a presence in the fast-growing $21 billion pet food industry.                

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Death Reported at Altoids and Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The Chattanooga Wrigley Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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