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Blast at Washington Plant Costs $69M in Repairs

January 6, 2015 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press

Williams Northwest Pipeline is spending $69 million to repair damage from an explosion that injured five people at a natural gas facility last March in eastern Washington.                       

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts Concept Driverless Car at CES

January 6, 2015 12:28 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press

The carmaker unveiled the sleek concept car that it is calling F 015 Monday night at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics.                                

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U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.7 Percent in November

January 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month.                         

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Hyundai Motor To Spend $74B Over 4 Years on Facilities, R&D

January 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Tuesday it plans to spend 81 trillion won ($73.7 billion) over the next four years on factories, research and a new headquarters.                 

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Republicans Prepare Plan to Block Obama on Climate

January 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama's determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week.                           

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: A Sweeter 3D Printer

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Don't miss IMPO's Photo of the Day of a unique printing experience from the 2015 International CES.                                         

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U.S. To Resume Beef Imports From Ireland for First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago.                   

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Regulators Weigh Proposal to Close Part of New Mexico Plant

January 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest.             

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New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.               

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IMPO's Photo of the Day: General Motors' New Addition to Detroit

January 5, 2015 2:07 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Check out General Motors' newest project designed to give back to Detroit, Michigan in IMPO's photo of the day.                                                           

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FCC To Vote Next Month on Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

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NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press

At NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, engineers have been working to develop an inflatable heat shield to help devise a way to one day land astronauts on Mars.                       

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2 Missouri Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline.                   

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Automakers End 2014 Strong, Pushing Some Brands to Record Heights

January 5, 2015 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Holiday sales, cheap gas prices and low interest rates pushed U.S. auto sales to big gains in December, helping the industry close out a strong year with several brands setting sales records.                 

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Scrutiny on Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press

Non-competition agreements are better known in contracts for senior executives who have business secrets of interest to competitors. However, court records show the restrictions might trap them in their current jobs, allowing their employers to pay them lower salaries, experts said.

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Low Oil Prices Unlikely to Hurt Railroads

January 2, 2015 1:44 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press

The stunning collapse in oil prices over the past several months won't derail the railroads' profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude shipments seen in recent years.                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due to Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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Hyundai, Kia Brace for Weakest Growth in a Decade

January 2, 2015 1:34 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are forecasting their weakest growth in yearly car sales in more than a decade as competition intensifies and the global economy slows.                 

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U.S. Factories Grow at Slowest Pace in 6 Months

January 2, 2015 1:26 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Yet growth was still healthy, a sign manufacturing may help drive the economy's expansion in 2015 as it did last year.   

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Bartlett Company Begins to Manufacture Vinyl Records

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

The company's record pressing plant has started work on a series of projects and once the plant reaches full capacity, it will have nine presses, able to make 7-inch and 12-inch records and producing 5,000 to 7,000 records per day.     

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