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US Manufacturing Slows as Output And Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 4:08 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

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Wolf Administration to Show How It'll Challenge Gas Industry

March 2, 2015 11:23 am | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.

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Gas Prices Lead to 'Positive Near-Term Economic Outlook'

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The MAPI Foundation's latest quarterly economic forecast predicted the cost per barrel of imported crude oil to average less than $50 this year, down dramatically compared to the $80 per barrel forecast in the group's November report.

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'60 Minutes' Exposes Toxic Chemical in Lumber Liquidators' Flooring; Company's Stocks Take a Hit

March 2, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen.

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2 Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail in New Orleans; No Spill

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two New Orleans Public Belt Railway cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of crude went off the tracks.

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Lawsuit Alleges Exxon Denied More Claims Than Paid

March 2, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two batches of bad fuel produced at ExxonMobil in mid-March 2014 caused some Baton Rouge area drivers to experience problems with their intake and valve systems.

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Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

March 1, 2015 10:52 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

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South Korea Renews License of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups.

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Comments

The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

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Vermont Yankee Official Expects Enough Money to Clean Site

February 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | Comments

An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digitial Reporter | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety in Oregon Television Interview

February 27, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 26, 2015 5:18 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

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