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Revere Control Systems Opens New Office

December 5, 2014 4:14 pm | by Revere Control Systems

Revere Control Systems, a Birmingham-based automation EPC firm, has announced the opening of an office in Texarkana, TX, marking the fourth satellite office opened within the last three years.                 

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U.S. Oil Reserves Surpass 36B Barrels for First Time Since 1975

December 5, 2014 2:52 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2013, increasing by 9 percent from the 2012 level to 36.5 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013 report released yesterday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 5, 2014 2:44 pm | by Organic Trade Association

With a grant for $784,902 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Market Access Program (MAP) to promote U.S. organic products abroad in 2015, OTA is gearing up a far-reaching strategy for next year that will include more organic promotional and education programs in Japan and around the globe.

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Judgment Entered Against Closed Nebraska Plant

December 5, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

A Gage County District Judge has ordered a default judgment against a now-closed Beatrice manufacturing plant. Judge Paul Korslund ruled that Store Kraft Manufacturing owes Buhr's Trucking Inc., of Adams, nearly $100,000 plus interest.     

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Lamborghini Asterion: One Sexy Hybrid

December 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney

This isn't a wimpy hybrid. This is a 900+ horsepower behemoth that has all the style you'd expect from a luxury Lamborghini.                                    

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia.                                     

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Japan: Recall System Overhaul Needed for Global Auto Woes

December 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode.             

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GM Closes Opel Plant in Bochum After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary.                     

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British Drugmaker Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 10:18 am | by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.                     

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $43.4 Billion

December 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years.                                   

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U.S. Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.          

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Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development in the U.S. West

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Mead Gruver & Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse, according to government data.   

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igus Wins 2014 'Leadership in Engineering' Award

December 4, 2014 5:07 pm | by igus Inc.

igus Inc., a manufacturer of motion plastics, has been named the winner of the annual Leadership in Engineering Award in the mechanical engineering category.                           

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EU Makes Move to Let Participating States Block GM Crops

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.         

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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.                 

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Google Buys 12 Acres in Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side.                          

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Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.                 

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Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

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U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule for Employers

December 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press

The Labor Department issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.                            

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Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

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