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American Energy Innovation Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance | Energy & Commerce Committee

American Energy Innovation Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance | Energy & Commerce Committee | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
“Our focus is this: we want to have economic growth in the innovation era” — Chairman Upton HAPPENING NOW: The Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade are holding a joint hearing on “A Competitive Edge for American Manufacturing: Abundant American Energy.” The hearing is exploring how new technologies and innovation are unlocking domestic energy resources and helping to revive American manufacturing and bring high-paying jobs back to America. Just hours before the hearing, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) addressed hundreds of manufacturers from across the country gathered for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 2013 Manufacturing Summit. Upton highlighted how America’s changing energy landscape is helping to create more manufacturing jobs at home and making American businesses more competitive. “We now have a whole different theme on energy and that is because we have these abundant resources,” said Upton. “We can actually now talk about exports and talk about reducing the cost of operating your business, and in fact, we can be more competitive with the rest of the world as we work to create the good jobs that we want to have here.” While the U.S. is attracting jobs and new investment, other countries are struggling to keep up as a result of their higher energy costs. TIME magazine featured a cover story in April titled, “How ‘Made in the USA’ is Making a Comeback,” which noted that, “U.S. factories increasingly have access to cheap energy thanks to oil and gas from the shale boom. For companies outside the U.S., it’s the opposite: high global oil prices translate into costlier fuel for ships and planes — which means some labor savings from low-cost plants in China evaporate when the goods are shipped thousands of miles.” Increasingly, these companies are looking to locate their manufacturing in the United States to remain competitive. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal, Alok Industries, which runs textile mills, is planning to open its first mill in the United States “in an effort to save money on energy costs.”
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Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Powerhouse Woman

Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Powerhouse Woman | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
My bet is that 2015 is going to be a year when we see powerhouse women rise, not just to add to the dialogue, but to take action and effect change on issues that matter to women everywhere. Here's why....
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The Sleeve - Billiard Engineering

The Sleeve - Billiard Engineering | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Hello Kickstarter!  We’re passionate about playing pool and like most of you, we can’t stand the pool stick grabbing the skin of the bridge hand. It disrupts concentration and causes inconsistencies between strokes.  This sticky stick problem has been around since cue sports were originally invented in the 15th century.  We have uniquely solved this centuries old problem!  Your bridge hand never touches the cue stick.

The Sleeve is Billiard Engineering’s patent pending new product that solves the sticky stick problem regardless of the cause (hand perspiration, natural oils in the skin, skin & cue contamination, condensation on that beer glass, etc.). The Sleeve utilizes advanced polymer plastics and an expanding design that accommodates the pool cue taper.  It fits over the stick and consists of 5 identical laterally placed plastic components (slats) with a silicone band at each end.  The Sleeve smoothly expands and contracts as it slides up and down the shaft.

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Cuba's scrappy vintage cars may be better for scrap heap than collectors

Cuba's scrappy vintage cars may be better for scrap heap than collectors | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Benjamin Preston: While Cuba is known for the beauty of its vintage cars, they are more of a testament to the ingenuity of island mechanics than anything. US collectors won’t be enthused
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American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Is Nearly Broke and Homeless

American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Is Nearly Broke and Homeless | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Dov Charney, creepy and gross founder of American Apparel, was ousted from the company (again) last week and, well, things aren't going to great for him.
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Teen describes crash that killed friend: ‘He told me he was...

Teen describes crash that killed friend: ‘He told me he was... | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Update: A friend who was with 15-year-old Khiar Raymond when Raymond was killed by a hit-and-run driver late Saturday said his friend told him he thought he was going to survive the crash.
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The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks

The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A Gameboy with a sardine can inside. A printer stuffed with a piñata. ‘Return fraud’ is costing retailers billions—and the ingenious swindles are sometimes breathtaking.
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NY cracks down on toy gun sellers

Giants of American retail such as Walmart and Amazon have announced they will comply with New York Attorney General’s order to stop selling realistically looking toy guns, unless their barrels are clearly marked with clearly visible orange markings.
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​North Korea offers US joint investigation of Sony cyberattack

​North Korea offers US joint investigation of Sony cyberattack | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the United States into the hack attack against Sony Pictures, according to the state news agency, KCNA.
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5 Tips For Designing A Forever Kitchen

5 Tips For Designing A Forever Kitchen | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Kitchens are the heart of the home. It’s where you prepare meals, help your kids with homework and entertain guests. It’s the room in the house where everyone gathers, where memories are made, and, with solid investment, can single-handedly increase the value of your home and help you build more of a nest egg. Even if you’re considering selling your home, all eyes of prospective buyers will inevitably be on the kitchen

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NSA and EFF to square off in court over internet surveillance

NSA and EFF to square off in court over internet surveillance | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A digital rights group in the United States plans to argue in federal court this week that the National Security Agency’s internet surveillance operations violate the US Constitution’s ban against unlawful searches and seizures.
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Year in Review: Uber and Lyft wage regulatory battles in South Florida - South Florida Business Journal

Year in Review: Uber and Lyft wage regulatory battles in South Florida - South Florida Business Journal | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The ridesharing services saw a year of pushback from law enforcement in the tri-county area.
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U.S. and Cuba Move to Thaw Relations After Prisoner Exchange

U.S. and Cuba Move to Thaw Relations After Prisoner Exchange | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Alan Gross' release brings an immediate cooling of tensions.
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Sony Pictures should release The Interview online. Immediately.

With Seth Rogen and James Franco canceling promotional appearances and theaters choosing to not screen the film at all, it's clear that The Interview is in trouble. However, there's one move Sony Pictures can make to salvage the film's chances...
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When Will Americans Embrace Snooker?

When Will Americans Embrace Snooker? | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The billiards-like game from the UK is gaining a following worldwide, but it's unclear whether stateside enthusiasts can make Americans take interest.
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Released Cuban spy was secretly allowed to impregnate wife

Released Cuban spy was secretly allowed to impregnate wife | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
One of the Cuban spies freed last week as part of the U.S.-Cuban deal was secretly allowed to impregnate his wife back home.
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Obama makes ‘1st move’ toward ‘sanctions’ on Israel

Obama makes ‘1st move’ toward ‘sanctions’ on Israel | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
TEL AVIV – While the White House has dismissed as “unfounded” reports the Obama administration is contemplating sanctions on Israel, the Palestinian Authority told WND it is already receiving signals the U.S.
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MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters | WIRED

MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters | WIRED | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
"Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you're female?” “Why should your gender matter if you’re talking about research?” Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich."
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North Korea Cyberwarfare: What We Know About The DPRK's 1,800 Hackers After The Sony Attack

North Korea Cyberwarfare: What We Know About The DPRK's 1,800 Hackers After The Sony Attack | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The hackers are often handpicked from North Korean universities and begin training at around 17 years of age. They're highly paid.
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Juno Therapeutics IPO Hot As Cancer Curers In Demand

Juno Therapeutics IPO Hot As Cancer Curers In Demand | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Juno Therapeutics soared in its debut after its IPO raised $265 million to aid development of cancer-curing therapies, joining Bellicum Pharma and Kite Pharama.
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The creator of Minecraft just outbid Beyoncé and Jay Z on this $70 million megamansion

Back in September, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson became ludicrously wealthy after Microsoft bought the game for $2.5 billion. And as of this week, he's now the owner of a $70 million...
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IRS warns of possible shutdown

The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday.
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Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, no plans to use it for now

Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, no plans to use it for now | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will allow the White House to levy further economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, though the Administration has said it has no immediate plans to introduce them.
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Cop caught with 4 pounds of marijuana at home won’t be charged

Cop caught with 4 pounds of marijuana at home won’t be charged | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A California police officer already being investigated by the District Attorney’s office was discovered with four pounds of marijuana in his home, but he won’t be charged with possession. His future on the force, however, is uncertain.
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5 high-yield, high-tech stocks for 2015

5 high-yield, high-tech stocks for 2015 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Here are five tech companies that pay high dividends and have strong balance sheets.
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Shopping frenzy, social media fuss and jokes in Russia as ruble collapses

Shopping frenzy, social media fuss and jokes in Russia as ruble collapses | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Luxury cars, jewellery, fridges and TVs are selling like hot cakes. Russians are rushing to buy retail after 'Black Tuesday’ - the day the Ruble lost 20% of its value. And you can watch it on social media.
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