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Manufacturers’ Center For Legal Action Files Brief In Microsoft E-Mail Warrant Case

December 16, 2014 10:56 am | by Jamie Hennigan and Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Today, the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed an amicus brief in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals arguing to overturn a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the government can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act to gain access to e-mail accounts controlled and maintained by...

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MAPI Latin America Manufacturing Outlook: Mexico the Leader

December 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

Mexican factories continue to remain the manufacturing growth leader in Latin America as Brazil and Argentina face declines that sour the outlook in the region, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and...

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 15, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker on Monday announced that it has hired Paul Ballew, who most recently led global data operations at the Dun and Bradstreet analytics...

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Google Researching Use Of Color In Business

December 15, 2014 4:49 pm | by Stacey Plaisance, The Associated Press | Comments

Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already...

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Study Shows Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

December 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. Study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at...

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251 death claims and...

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Fed Likely To Note Gains But Signal No Rate Hike

December 15, 2014 1:35 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.In a statement it will issue after a policy meeting ends Wednesday, the Fed may no longer say it plans to keep a key interest...

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Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For You

December 15, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $58, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at...

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UAW President: Companies Can Raise Pay While Staying Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. He says...

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Water Leak Found At PA Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation" but the...

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Alcoa Buying Tital To Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alcoa, which is based in New York with key operations in Pittsburgh, has been shifting from mining and smelting aluminum to making products that...

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Another forecast of weak global demand, another nosedive for oil. A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession. Friday's trigger was a lowered....

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14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants

December 15, 2014 10:33 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | Comments

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced...

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Deal Salvaged At UN Climate Talks In Peru

December 15, 2014 10:30 am | by Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Comments

Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits they plan. More than 30 hours behind schedule, delegates from more than 190 countries agreed on what information should...

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Richland Nuclear Power Plant Turns 30 Years Old

December 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The only nuclear power plant in the Northwest, the Columbia Generating Station at Richland, Washington turned 30 years old over the weekend. It's owned by the Energy Northwest utility consortium and it supplies a share of the electricity used by 92 Northwest utilities through the Bonneville Power...

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Manufacturing In NY Contracts In December

December 15, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to negative-3.6 in December from 10.2 the previous month. Any figure...

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Fish Farming Finds Its Way To Land-Locked Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press | Comments

The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky...

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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the...

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear. The Federal Reserve says factory production rose 1.1 percent last month, up from a 0.4 percent improvement in October. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12...

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U.S. Rig Count Down To 1,893

December 12, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 27 this week to 1,893. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,546 rigs were exploring for oil and 346 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,782 active...

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