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Report: Lagging Oil Prices Could Hurt Chemical Industry In Coming Years

August 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A continued glut of oil could keep crude prices below their trend levels for more than 10 years. 

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 85,816 Chrysler 200 Sedans

August 17, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

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U.S. Steel Idling Alabama Mill; About 1,100 Jobs Affected

August 17, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

In a statement from U.S. Steel, CEO Mario Longhi said the shutdown was needed to improve the efficiency and cost structure of the company's rolled-steel segment.

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Captain Morgan Parent Sues Supplement Maker Over Logo

August 17, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Diageo North America alleged that Captain Amsterdam's grinning, mustachioed mascot too closely resembles its trademark rum label and caused "irreparable injury" to the brand.

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New York The Latest State To Ban Powdered Alcohol

August 17, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The product -- known as palcohol -- is packaged in small pouches and designed to be added to water, juice or soda.

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Apple Said To Show Interest In Automotive Testing Facility

August 17, 2015 11:14 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Adding fuel to rumors that Apple is working on designs for a car, local officials say engineers for the giant tech company recently made inquiries about a former navy base that's been converted into a testing ground for self-driving cars and other cutting-edge vehicles.

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Critics Of Carbon Regulations Using Mine Spill To Skewer EPA

August 17, 2015 11:07 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater as they inspected the idled Gold King mine on Aug. 5, just two days after Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan during an event at the White House.

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Chamber Head: Coal Plant Closing Should Have Been Expected

August 17, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

Entergy Arkansas announced Aug. 7 that it is proposing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it phase out coal use at the plant by 50 percent in 2027 and 100 percent by 2028 in response to a 1999 Regional Haze Rule passed by Congress that was intended to improve visibility at national wildlife areas.

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China Blast Zone Blocked Over Contamination Fear; 112 Dead

August 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Paul Traynor, Associated Press

New small explosions continued to rock the locked-down disaster zone over the weekend.

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Seafood Company Pleads Guilty After Mislabeling Imported Shrimp

August 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Alphin Brothers Inc., based in Dunn, pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records under the terms of a plea agreement finalized last week.

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Manufacturing In New York Shrinks By Most Since 2009

August 17, 2015 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturers have been struggling with a variety of headwinds, including weak overseas economies in Europe and China, that have cut into exports. 

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Study: Wasted Meat Accounts For More Emissions Than Vegetable Waste

August 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A June study from Johns Hopkins University valued the amount of food wasted by Americans at $161.6 billion annually.

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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cobalts For Defective Air Bag Wiring

August 14, 2015 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The recall is unrelated to last year's recall of millions of Cobalts for defective ignition switches, which could stall the vehicle and turn off the air bags.

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Wyoming Brings Out The Big Guns For Coal Hearing

August 14, 2015 3:38 pm | by Ben Neary, Associated Press

Gov. Matt Mead and all three members of the state's congressional testified that the federal government itself is crippling the coal industry through environmental regulations.

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U.S. Producer Prices Up Just 0.2 Percent In July

August 14, 2015 3:22 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.

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OSHA Cites Case Farms For 55 Safety Violations

August 14, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied 55 total citations against Case Farms following a February inspection of an Ohio plant. The penalties would total $861,500.

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Fisker To Start Making Cars Again

August 14, 2015 11:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Company namesake and co-founder Henrik Fisker — who resigned in 2013 — said up to 20 of his original designers are working for the revamped company, although he said he isn't sure what, if any, role he would have.

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Firefighter Rescued From Blast Zone In China's Tianjin Port

August 14, 2015 11:26 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

A rapid succession of explosions late Wednesday — one equal to 21 tons of TNT — killed at least 56 people, injured more than 720 and left several firefighters missing.

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Volkswagen Recalls 420K Vehicles For Air Bag Issue

August 14, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is still developing a fix for the problem. 

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U.S. Factory Output Climbed In July, Lifted By Auto Production

August 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The gains suggest that manufacturers are adjusting to the obstacles of a stronger dollar, tepid economic growth abroad and lower oil prices, which have led energy firms to slash their orders for equipment and pipelines.

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