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WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest In U.S.

December 26, 2014 | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1. The Seattle Times reports that the minimum wage in the state will hit $9.47 an hour then. The minimum wage in neighboring Oregon will rise to $9.25, the second-highest in the...

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Japan's Top 3 Carmakers Cut Domestic Production In Nov

December 24, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's top three carmakers Wednesday reported weaker domestic production for November, as the lingering impact of the consumption tax hike in April dented sales and their strategy to build more vehicles overseas led to reduced exports in the month. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest...

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Airbag Maker Takata Shuffles Top Managers To Improve Response To Recall Crisis

December 24, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of airbags at the centre of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, apologized and said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis. Takata's president... 

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The Story Behind Edison's Electric Christmas Tree Light

December 24, 2014 10:13 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Lighting the modern Christmas tree is an event infused with tradition as well as electricity. But it wasn’t always so. Going back centuries, people used wax candles to illuminate their pines, spruces and firs, with many a family keeping...

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Murray Energy Expanding Coal Prep Plant

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Murray Energy is expanding its coal preparation plant in Benwood, West Virginia. Construction of a new coal processing facility is underway at the Ohio County Coal Co. prep plant. Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register... 

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 7 Week Low

December 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving. The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits...

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$11M In New Equipment Planned For Auto Plant

December 24, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An auto parts company is planning to spend nearly $11 million on new equipment for a southern Indiana factory. The Seymour City Council this week approved a 10-year phase-in of property taxes for the investment by Valeo at its automobile lighting factory... 

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Feds To Study Nuke-Waste Burial In NV

December 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada and the federal Energy Department announced Tuesday they've formalized a panel to study contentious issues including whether radioactive material from a World War II-era plant in Tennessee will be buried at a former nuclear weapons proving ground north of...

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Is There A New Life For Cuba's Classic Cars?

December 24, 2014 9:38 am | by E. Eduardo Castillo, Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes failed in his beautiful Frankenstein of a taxi cab, Tio couldn't work for 15 days as...

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Natural Gas Down 29% In One Month

December 23, 2014 4:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Natural gas, the nation's most prevalent heating fuel, is getting cheaper just as winter is arriving because of mild temperatures and plentiful supplies. The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even...

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Coming Soon To U.S.: Cuba Libre With Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 2:37 pm | by Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy...

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Google Sues MS Attorney General

December 23, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has denied Google Inc.'s motion to block enforcement of a subpoena issued by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood that seeks information from Google about parts of its operations, including information about advertising for imported prescription...

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Drones Become Popular Holiday Gifts

December 23, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has...

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Manufacturing Outlook For 2015: Q&A With Matthew B. Elliott

December 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? Driven in part by a favorable financing environment in the U.S. for the manufacturing industry, we are expecting a continued increase in manufacturing companies reshoring their...

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U.S. Consumer Sentiment At Highest Point In 8 Years

December 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A survey finds U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices. The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment has jumped to 93.6 from 88.8 in November. That's the highest level...

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FDA Going After Sellers Of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. The FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine this summer after the death of an Ohio teen. Some major retailers have stopped selling it...

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Saudi Arabia Will Not Cut Oil Production

December 23, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister, Ali al-Naimi, tells John Defterios in an exclusive interview with CNN Money that his country is not conspiring to target U.S. and Russian oil producers by not cutting production...      

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MAPI Analysis On Durable Goods Drop

December 23, 2014 12:06 pm | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI | News | Comments

The Census Bureau reports today that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3% growth in October and 0.7% decline in September. Defense order fell 11% in November which, if excluded, meant that nondefense durable goods orders declined 0.1%. The industry detail shows a...

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U.S. Economy Grew At Fast Rate In Q3

December 23, 2014 11:43 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, on the strength of consumer spending and business investment. The resurgence in growth last quarter provided the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is steadily strengthening...

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Safety Officials Close Mercedes Fuel Leak Probe

December 23, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety officials have ended their nearly three-year investigation into more than 280,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars, after they found that a fuel leak that causes a gasoline odor in the vehicles poses no risk to drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that it found tiny...

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U.S. Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.6% In Nov

December 23, 2014 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months — both encouraging signs for economic growth. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that consumer spending increased 0.6 percent in November, double the...

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