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New York To Ban Fracking; A Victory for Environmentalists

December 18, 2014 | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | Comments

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.                

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Falls to 289K

December 18, 2014 1:28 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.                                    

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Expanding in MO

December 18, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.   

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Manufacturing Growth Slows in Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest level in 21 years in November.             

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Ford Expands Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 18, 2014 1:06 pm

Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.                                       

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3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Reuters

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Ben Gruber reports.                         

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SpaceX Delays Space Station Delivery Until Jan.

December 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week's planned shipment until January.                                           

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MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MAPI Foundation

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.         

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Nevada Regulators Look Again at Tribal Solar Plant

December 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Nevada utility regulators are considering a revised plan for a solar power generating facility that had been proposed for the Moapa River Paiute Indian Reservation as part of an NV Energy effort to retire coal-fired plants.       

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Lockheed Martin To Settle Suit

December 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense company of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees.                     

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Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Joan Lowry, The Associated Press

The Senate confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags.         

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Russia's Sinking Economy Becoming a Global Threat

December 17, 2014 1:48 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Russia's suddenly escalating financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders and endangering parts of the global economy.                                    

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U.S. Consumer Prices Decrease in Nov.

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.                                       

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Boeing 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy

December 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press

Boeing said it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.                         

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State Approves $12.5M in Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility.                               

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How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by GE Reports

GE Aviation has spent the last two decades developing smarter, lighter and more efficient electrical and computer systems for military and passenger planes. The business unit just won a major order to supply electrical power technology and avionics systems to Boeing’s family of new 777X wide-body aircraft, which is currently in development.

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MC Industrial To Construct Boeing Composite Facility Expansion

December 16, 2014 2:11 pm

St. Louis-based MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, has been chosen to construct Boeing’s new 367,000-square-foot composite center on its St. Louis campus.                      

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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming.           

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Portucel, S.A. Invests $110M in New Greenwood Facility

December 16, 2014 10:43 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce

An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County, S.C. to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A.’s investment of $110 million is expected to create 70 new jobs.               

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Survey: Chinese Manufacturing Decreased in December

December 16, 2014 10:22 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing contracted in December for the first time in seven months in another sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is quickening, according to a survey of factories released Tuesday.             

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Powdered Alcohol? Not so Fast, Lawmakers Say

December 16, 2014 10:08 am | by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press

 Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go.                       

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