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Senate Votes No on Keystone, But McConnell Vows Replay

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

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WI Agency Proposes Fee for Electric Cars

November 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

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Public Hearing Set for Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land.                               

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Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.           

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 9:44 am | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales.                   

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Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

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VW Recalls 442K Cars to Fix Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

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GOP Vows to Pass Keystone Later if Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.              

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Rockwell Automation, AT&T Partnership To Make Smarter Machines

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation and AT&T are collaborating to improve remote asset utilization and connected machine management. The companies plan to deliver cellular solutions that help enable customers to securely collect, manage and take action on data from industrial equipment located in plants and remote sites around the globe.

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Google Buys Dutch Wind Energy for Data Center

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.                       

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Toyota To Start Sales of Fuel Cell Car

November 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Ken Moritsugu,The Associated Press

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.                     

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'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying. Among major economies, only the United States and Britain are growing at decent rates, and how long that lasts depends on how much trouble their trading partners are in.       

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Group Sues Kingsport Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 1:37 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas.                                         

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Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories.                    

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Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

November 18, 2014 10:25 am | by Mike Cameron

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives.                                   

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NYC Adds $140M for Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 18, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't.                   

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Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.                                      

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U.S. Producer Prices on the Rise

November 18, 2014 9:48 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                             

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