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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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Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Global Oil Impact: Who's Hurting, Happy, Hopeful

December 19, 2014 2:33 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.                                                     

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Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 19, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern Michigan.                                           

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Workplace Safety Agency Cites Nebraska Plant

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

Federal regulators have cited a Kearney manufacturing plant for workplace safety violations they say led to an employee suffering acute kidney failure.                             

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Returns After Test Flight

December 19, 2014 9:58 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success.               

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Hellman's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Skidmore Seel & Tali Arbel, The Associated Press

Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."                                             

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Chrysler To Recall About 257K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.                                   

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EPA Expected to Treat Coal Waste like Garbage

December 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

Environmentalists and industry experts expect the first federal standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash more like household garbage than a hazardous material.               

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall 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.                               

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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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