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Factory Activity Improves at a Slower Rate in Philadelphia Region

February 19, 2015 1:58 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. New orders have slipped, although shipments and hiring have improved. 

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Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar to Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 19, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. 

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Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

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Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

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Owner Behind Beef Recall Pleads Guilty to Processing Cancerous Cattle

February 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the centre of a massive recall has pleaded guilty to processing cattle with cancer for consumption.

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Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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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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