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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. Consumer Sentiment At Highest Point In 8 Years

December 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds.                         

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Keurig Issues Recall Due To Reported Injuries

December 23, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Keurig is recalling some 7 million of single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns.                                           

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Fall In November

December 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory orders for long-lasting manufactured goods slumped in November, largely due to falling demand in the military and defense sectors.                               

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CCL Label DES Expanding Laurens County Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 12:18 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce

A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County, S.C.                   

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U.S. Economy Grew At Fast Rate In Q3

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, on the strength of consumer spending and business investment.                   

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Soybean Processor to Build $90M Refinery in IA

December 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will create an estimated 20 jobs, and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives.                        

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GM Pickup Production in MO Boosts Industry in Region

December 22, 2014 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The related jobs are a big turnaround for the region's automotive industry, after closings of the Ford plant in Hazelwood, and Chrysler plants in Fenton, all in recent years.             

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Drone Industry Launches Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Some drones on the market are capable of reaching altitudes as high as 18,000 feet — the start of "class A" airspace where most passenger and cargo airlines cruise. Operators oftentimes don't realize the risks.       

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Study Finds Toxic Content in Holiday Decorations

December 22, 2014 3:04 pm | by PR Newswire

The research found high levels of chemical hazards in light strings, holiday garland and other decor products. Products were purchased and tested from Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe's, Walmart, Target and Dollar Tree.       

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Expert Laments Lack of Basic Industrial Cybersecurity Measures

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by International Society of Automation

Expert Steve Mustard suggests many risks are caused by a lack of attention towards cybersecurity, reliance on third-parties, and the use of USB drives.                 

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India Still Plagued by Abandoned Asbestos Mines

December 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer

In Roro Village and other settlements below, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. Yet in a country that treats asbestos as a savior that provides cheap building materials for the poor, no one knows the true number and few care to ask.

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PA Manufacturer Fined by OSHA After Multiple Finger Amputations

December 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

OSHA said the Scranton-based chimney supply company failed to safeguard machines and had flaws in a system designed to prevent machines from starting up inadvertently during maintenance.           

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Lone Holdout BMW Finally Joins Takata Recall

December 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles made between January 2004 and August 2006. The company is calling its move a "voluntary improvement campaign" rather than a recall.            

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Alstom SA to Pay $772M in Penalties to Resolve Corruption Case

December 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

"Alstom's corruption scheme was sustained over more than a decade and across several continents," Deputy Attorney James Cole said at a news conference. "It was astonishing in its breadth, its brazenness, and its worldwide consequences."   

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Virginia Companies Find Success in International Exports

December 22, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer

C.F. Sauer is loading its product on barges headed for places like Africa and New Zealand, and its international business is growing with the help of a unique state-run program.            

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Entrepreneur Builds 'Ghost' Ship for Navy, but Do They Want It?

December 22, 2014 1:21 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press

Inventor Gregory Sancoff thinks the Navy needs a fast patrol boat to protect larger and more costly warships when they're most vulnerable. The Ghost's smooth ride makes it an ideal platform for weapon systems — and for transporting Navy SEALs. 

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P&G Divests Camay, Zest as Brand Streamlining Continues

December 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Business Wire

Unilever gobbled up the two soap brands for an undisclosed amount. A transfer of a manufacturing facility in Mexico is also part of the deal.                  

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The Future of Agriculture? Industrial-Scale Indoor Farming

December 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by GE Reports

Advances in LED technology are helping to create an environment where vegetables can be produced at scale, with higher yields and shorter grow cycles, no matter what climate.             

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Government Sells Remaining GM Bailout Stake

December 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Detroit-based Ally Financial, formerly GMAC Inc., said that the Treasury Department is selling its remaining 54.9 million shares. That amounts to about an 11 percent stake in the company.          

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Obama: 2014 A 'Breakthrough Year'

December 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent

Obama ticked off the year's improvements, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance and a historic diplomatic opening with Cuba, as well as his executive action on climate change.     

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