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Kentucky Whiskey Maker Fetches More Than $28K For 1st Bottle of Bourbon

November 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press

One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.                                     

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MAPI Foundation Economic Forecast: Jobs, Replacement Demand Highlight Growth

November 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The MAPI Foundation predicts strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report.                  

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U.S. Durable Goods Order on the Rise

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even bigger 18.3 percent plunge in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The two months of declines reflected big swings in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Rise to 313K

November 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.                           

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AAM Asks Americans to Pledge to Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Millions of shoppers will rush to stores in the hopes of a great deal on Friday, there is nothing that will change that, however the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to change the effects of such consumerism. They want that money to go back to American workers and companies.

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Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact                     

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As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.                           

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EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

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NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

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FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick,The Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

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Honda Admits Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 10:46 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law.                           

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Utility Workers Rescued From Platform in WI

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.                       

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Global Watchdog Calls for More EU Spending

November 25, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said.                           

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth in Years

November 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade.               

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Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

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U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

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Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

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Fort Drum Powered by Wood in Renewable Energy Push

November 24, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press

The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy.

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Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 24, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium.                             

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year in OK and Surrounding States

November 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.                                 

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