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Photo of the Day: The City Ranked Number 1 in Economic Performance

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See a photo of the city that finished first in JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution list of the 300 top performing economies.                                

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EPA Adds Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.                               

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Siemens Receives Order for Wind Project in Kansas

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

Siemens has announced that it will supply 21 wind turbines to NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, for the 48-megawatt, Kansas-based Alexander wind project, located in Rush, Kansas.           

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Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 9:14 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                       

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 9:08 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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Report: Wages Up Slightly in Fourth Quarter

January 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Weekly earnings in the final three months of 2014 increased 1.7 percent compared to the same timeframe in the previous year, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.                  

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Survey: CEOs Say U.S. More Attractive to Investors Than China

January 21, 2015 2:32 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press

Amid growing concerns over the global economy, the United States has overtaken China as the No. 1 investment destination among chief executives around the world, a survey found.                     

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Ford Mustang Goes Global With First Shipment to China

January 21, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

The Ford Mustang is on its way to China. Ford says its first shipload of around 100 Mustangs has left Portland, Oregon, and is headed to China. Shipments to Europe will begin later this year.                 

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Obama Calls for Additional Regulation, Investment in State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a slew of new requirements for workers while investing in education and infrastructure during his State of the Union address, declaring, "Middle-class economics works."          

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Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.                                    

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NAM: President’s Call for Pro-Trade Policies Promising Sign for Manufacturers

January 21, 2015 10:34 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers have long made the case for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and applaud the President’s call for swift action on TPA, which will enable manufacturers of all sizes to better access an $11 trillion global market.       

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 10:24 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days.                    

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

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Global Economy Squeezed by Worsening Slowdown in China

January 21, 2015 9:39 am | by Kelvin Chan, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.                                     

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Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Manufacturer

January 21, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha businessman accused of paying someone to set fire to his manufacturing plant near Fort Calhoun in eastern Nebraska.                           

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BP Fights Against Billions in Federal Penalties

January 20, 2015 2:18 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Federal lawyers have begun making their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                             

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence in Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies.                 

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Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set to Close

January 20, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

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Photo of the Day: A SpaceX Crash Landing

January 20, 2015 11:01 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Check out a photo of SpaceX's unsuccessful landing in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                               

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13 Year Old Builds Braille Printer With Legos, Starts Company

January 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Terence Chea, The Associated Press

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.        

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