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California Formally Opens Large Solar Plant

February 9, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

California is rushing to expand its use of solar power to meet the renewable energy requirements, and one of the nation's largest solar projects will be opened Monday in the Riverside County desert.               

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More Americans are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than when the Great Recession struck in 2007.                

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Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

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Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.The largest recall involves a brake-hose issue that Jaguar Land Rover North America studied and dismissed, only to reopen after an accident.   

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Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

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U.S. Gains Strong 257K Jobs, Pay Jumps

February 6, 2015 3:34 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.                       

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McCain Seeks To Open U.S. Domestic Routes To Foreign Ships

February 6, 2015 3:32 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States.         

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TX Company Postpones NE Plant Project

February 6, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

A company that makes piping and casing for oil and gas drilling has postponed plans to build a manufacturing plant in northeast Nebraska, the company president said Wednesday, citing changing conditions in the oil market.          

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No Fast or Slow Lanes For Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.          

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German Factory Orders Post Strong Rise in December

February 5, 2015 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany's Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Europe's largest economy rose a much stronger-than-expected 4.2 percent in December, with demand rising both at home and abroad.                  

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Ford Motor Co. to Add 900 Jobs at Missouri Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.                                      

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Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November.                 

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Tesla a Step Closer to Selling Cars from Arizona Stores

February 5, 2015 4:53 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has moved a step closer to selling vehicles directly to consumers at Arizona stores. The state House Commerce Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow carmakers to bypass dealers and sell directly to consumers if the company establishes a service center in the state.

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Europe's ATR in Focus Again After 2nd Taiwan Air Disaster

February 5, 2015 4:44 pm | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

European aircraft maker ATR is in the spotlight again after the dramatic crash Wednesday of a TransAsia Airways turboprop into a river in Taiwan. It's the second time in seven months that a TransAsia ATR has been involved in a fatal accident.   

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U.S. Jobless Applications Rise, but Levels Point to Job Growth

February 5, 2015 2:47 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.                               

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1 Percent to $46.6 Billion

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports.                             

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U.S. Head of FDA Stepping Down; Chief Scientist to Take Over

February 5, 2015 2:31 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press

Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective. After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg announced her resignation Thursday in an email to staff.     

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WA Lawmakers Pushing Electric Car Ownership

February 5, 2015 2:15 pm | by Derrick Nunnally, The Associated Press

Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution.               

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U.S. Productivity Falls at 1.8% Rate in Fourth Quarter

February 5, 2015 10:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. worker productivity went into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increased.                                        

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West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be 5 Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:40 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract.                           

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