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NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

December 18th, 2014 9:00 pm by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. NASA plans to use future models to help get astronauts to Mars.

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Two states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

Two states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

December 18th, 2014 7:51 pm by Associated Press

"This contraband has been heavily trafficked into our state," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said at a news conference in Lincoln. "While Colorado reaps millions from the sale of pot, Nebraska taxpayers have to bear the cost."

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Stocks surge; Oracle leads technology sector higher

Stocks surge; Oracle leads technology sector higher

December 18th, 2014 5:30 pm by Associated Press

"What we're seeing is a move back to fundamentals," said Karyn Cavanaugh, a senior market strategist at Voya Investment Management. "Earnings continue to be good...the U.S. economy is continuing to do well."

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GM halts sales to Russian dealers as ruble plummets

GM halts sales to Russian dealers as ruble plummets

December 18th, 2014 2:13 pm by By Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press

Bloomberg reported early Thursday that Audi and Jaguar Land Rover also stopped selling vehicles in Russia this week.

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U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

December 17th, 2014 1:04 pm by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer

President Barack Obama's announcement to re-establish diplomatic ties with the Caribbean nation does give hope to airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies — all which have been quietly eyeing a removal of the Cuba travel ban.

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Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

December 17th, 2014 12:27 pm by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.

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FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

December 17th, 2014 9:22 am by By Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times

"This is Super Bowl season for FedEx," said FedEx spokeswoman Shea Leordeanu. "We like to say that this time of year, Santa's elves wear purple."

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Ruble volatile as Russians rush to stores

Ruble volatile as Russians rush to stores

December 17th, 2014 8:10 am by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

The ruble has suffered catastrophic losses this week as traders fretted over the impact of low oil prices on the Russian economy as well as the impact of Western sanctions imposed over Russia's involvement in Ukraine's crisis.

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Eastman first U.S.-based company to join Together for Sustainability

Eastman first U.S.-based company to join Together for Sustainability

December 16th, 2014 10:23 pm by Staff report

Together for Sustainability is a procurement-led initiative established by European-based multinational companies to drive improvements in sustainable procurement through standard processes, including shared audits and assessments.

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No tiff over TIFs: Washington, JC business leaders say others' tax incentives won't lure away developers

No tiff over TIFs: Washington, JC business leaders say others' tax incentives won't lure away developers

December 16th, 2014 10:13 pm by NATHAN BAKER, NET News Service

Both the Bristol Tennessee City Council and the Sullivan County Commission considered proposals this month to create a tax increment financing, or TIF, district to help the prospective developers of a planned apartment complex.

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