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Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press

Despite some of the DOE program's highly publicized failures, the department now projects a profit of between $5 billion and $6 billion over the next 20 to 25 years.                         

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DNR Plans to Monitor Air Near Ameren Plants

December 30, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to install air monitors near two power plants that officials say are the largest sources of sulfur dioxide emissions in the state.                  

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LA Needs More Electricity for Industry

December 30, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

The state's largest utility needs to come up with more power before the end of 2016, and then find even more by the end of 2019 to meet the demands of Louisiana's ongoing industrial boom.                  

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Tombigbee EPA Change Hits Some Hard

December 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

A new deposit policy for industrial and commercial users served by the Tombigbee Electric Power Association has caught many of them off-guard, as businesses will now face paying deposits several times over what they had paid in the past.   

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WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest in U.S.

December 29, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.                                                 

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Chrysler Recalls 67K Pickup Trucks

December 29, 2014 1:39 pm | by Te Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could prevent the cars from starting, or cause them to move when the ignition key is turned.                 

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Why the U.S. Will Power the World Economy in 2015

December 29, 2014 1:33 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health and ready to drive global growth in 2015.             

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China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others.       

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Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

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MO Becomes First State to See Average Gas Price Below $2

December 29, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA.       

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MI's Population Creeping Up as Autos Recover

December 29, 2014 9:35 am | by David N. Goodman, The Associated Press

After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says.                                 

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Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.         

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2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world.

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Berryville Company To Help Upgrade Iconic Handgun

December 29, 2014 9:20 am | by John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Custom gun-maker Wilson Combat is teaming up with Beretta USA to produce an upgraded version of an iconic military handgun.                                     

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Prosecutors Not to Indict Executives in Fukushima Disaster

December 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Japanese prosecutors are expected not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Auto Industry Acts Globally Except on Recalls

December 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down.

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More 'Help Wanted' Signs up at Small Businesses

December 26, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners.                                 

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Flying High: Airstream Can't Keep up With Demand

December 26, 2014 1:35 pm | by Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press

Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" Airstream travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.

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Natural Gas Down 29 Percent in One Month

December 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even for a fuel notorious for volatile price swings.           

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Honda Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags

December 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Honda is recalling 1,252 Crosstour vehicles due to a faulty side air bag made by troubled air bag supplier Takata.                                       

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