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Global Watchdog Calls for More EU Spending

November 25, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said.                           

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth in Years

November 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.               

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Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

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U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

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Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

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Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

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Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 24, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium.                             

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year in OK and Surrounding States

November 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.                                 

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Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.                       

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Report: Plant's Chemicals Not Listed in 911 Call

November 24, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.             

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Unemployment Rates Fall in Two-Thirds of U.S. States

November 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.                              

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Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG, Tops Among Pickups

November 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup                            

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Swiss Company Eliminates 1,800 Jobs

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.                             

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German Business Confidence Up After Long Decline

November 24, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

A closely-watched survey shows German business confidence rose in November, putting an end to six consecutive months of declines.                                   

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Brother Gearmotors to Showcase New Benefits for North American Customers

November 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Brother International Corporation

Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation that offers a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the packaging, food & beverage and unit handling industries, has begun to highlight new benefits for customers in North America.

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Siemens To Supply Equipment for Clean Energy Center in Ohio

November 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Siemens has received an order from Black & Veatch for power generation equipment to be used at the Oregon Clean Energy Center in Oregon, Ohio – scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2017.               

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GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 21, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup.                                         

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MN Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

November 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released.              

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Can Low Oil Prices Be Good for the Environment?

November 21, 2014 1:37 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved.                        

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Company Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Graco, a children’s products manufacturer based out of Atlanta,Georgia, is issuing a stroller recall after six reports of fingertip amputations.                               

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