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White House Considering Oil Train Safety Upgrades

February 18, 2015 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry's voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. Here is a look at what's rolling on U.S. rails. 

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4,300 Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled

February 18, 2015 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen.

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Producer Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Month

February 18, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Labor Department's Producer Price Index decreased by 0.8 percent in January, the third consecutive monthly decline and the largest drop since the statistic debuted more than five years ago.

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Manufacturing Production Up Slightly in January

February 18, 2015 10:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Factory output by U.S. manufacturers increased by 0.2 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

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Report: High Chemical Levels Found in Fracking Runoff

February 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Water discharged from fracking sites in California contained levels of benzene and chromium-6 well in excess of federal standards, according to a recent report by an Arizona environmental group.

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Oil Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions

February 18, 2015 9:56 am | by John Raby, Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

The derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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Boston Scientific Will Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

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Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

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Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Don't expect to see them too soon, but they could be coming to your local grocery store — two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced.

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Newton Families: Send Suit Against Gun Maker to State Court

February 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gun maker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Little Impact at Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 1:53 pm

A refinery strike would seem like an understandable reason for increased gas prices. Yet three weeks into a walkout at 11 refineries around the country, the impact on the prices of gasoline, diesel and other fuels is barely discernable. Here's why. 

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VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group at Tennessee Plant

February 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union.

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Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working on Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. 

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 56

February 17, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56.

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Japanese Automakers Adjust to Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $4.1M

February 17, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

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New York Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in February

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

 Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

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U.S. Appeals to Japanese Business to Help Push for Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements.

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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky

February 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

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