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FACT CHECK: Both Sides in Keystone XL Debate Bend Facts

January 29, 2015 | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline say the project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure, while critics argue that it could be devastating to the environment. It is hard to tell who is right, but when forming an opinion everyone is entitled to the facts, so here are a few important fact checks on claims used by both sides of the argument. 

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 15-Year Low

January 29, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday the number of applications for unemployment aid fell by 43,000 last week. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that would mean 265,000 Americans filing initial claims last week — the lowest amount since April of 2000.

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Dean Foods Announces Closing of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Dean Foods says it will close its 100 year old dairy plant in Sheboygan in an effort to consolidate operations.                                       

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Ford Beats Estimates Despite Declines in Earnings, Revenue

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Ford's net income tumbled in the fourth quarter as the company took an expected charge to deal with its struggling Venezuelan operations.                                 

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers and have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals.                         

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General Motors Must Decide What Happens to Oshawa Plant, Union Says

January 29, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations.           

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Medford's Last Milk Processing Plant Closing

January 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing; the Seattle-based Darigold says it would cost too much to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations.                 

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With Lower Oil Prices, Sasol Delays Plan for Louisiana Plant

January 28, 2015 2:26 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Amid falling oil prices, a South Africa-based energy company is delaying final plans for a $14 billion gas-to-liquid plant in Louisiana.                                 

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German Automakers Lobby for U.S., EU Trade Deal

January 28, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.                                 

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Pabst Owner Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago. But now its current owner and CEO, Eugene Kashper, is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made and sampled.        

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White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast to Drilling

January 28, 2015 10:23 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to lease offshore sites for oil and gas drilling, including, for the first time, areas off the Atlantic Coast.                         

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Proponents'

January 28, 2015 10:18 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.                           

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Most States Report Job Gains in December

January 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December.                             

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VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls for Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen, which owns all three brands, says vibration during driving, and production issues can cause small leaks in rare cases. VW and Audi said they were not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem in the U.S.       

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Steelworkers Union Prepared for Oil Refinery Strike as Contract Talks Stall

January 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

With its contract set to expire in less than a week, the United Steelworkers union said it has prepared for a possible work stoppage at refineries in light of stalled talks with oil industry negotiators.             

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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel for Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations.                               

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Mercedes Chooses AM General to Make SUVs in the U.S.

January 27, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker.                           

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SpaceX Drops Lawsuit Against U.S. Air Force

January 27, 2015 11:08 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Last year SpaceX filed charges against the U.S. Air Force on the grounds that the Air Force had unfairly given a major contract to Boeing and Lockheed Martin, two companies with a long history of military-industrial contracts. However, SpaceX has dropped the charges on the grounds that some crucial compromises were reached.

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Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 27, 2015 10:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Federal agriculture officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with a strain of avian influenza.                         

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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4 Percent in December

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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