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OtterBox Names New CEO

November 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Smartphone case maker OtterBox is replacing its CEO following the global expansion of the Fort Collins, Colorado-based company. OtterBox announced the departure of CEO Brian Thomas on Friday as well as the appointment of his replacement, company President and Chief Operating...

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White House Wants Greater Regulation Of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by industry. The Federal Communications Commission...

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Digi-Key Expands Portfolio Of EDA Software Tools

November 10, 2014 1:50 pm | by Digi-Key Corporation | Comments

Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery, today announced an expanded, comprehensive suite of EDA tools.  The new and updated software options enable design engineers to streamline the entire (PCB) design process – from prototype to...

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Showdown Looms As CA Discusses Pesticides

November 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the...

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OH Airport To Add Plants, Reduce Carbon Footprint

November 10, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A southwest Ohio airport plans to plant hundreds of acres of grasses to help reduce its carbon footprint, officials said. About 270 acres of tall prairie grass will be planted near the Dayton International Airport, the Dayton Daily News reported. Officials said the grasses will offset...

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OH County Holds Off On Fracking Due To Low Oil Prices

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials in northeast Ohio say drilling in shale deposits is on hold due to decreasing oil prices.The Star-Beacon in Ashtabula reports that although geographic studies have shown there are large shale deposits throughout Ashtabula county, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is...

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Two Companies To Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs In MI

November 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic FUND approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in INVESTMENTS and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan. "Today's investments offer further evidence of...

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GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Emails released in a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its small cars should be recalled because the switches were defective. The chain of emails between lower-level...

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Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. Friday's strong jobs report showed that the jobless rate — the most closely watched gauge of the economy's health — is down to 5.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 7.2 percent. Five years ago, it was 10...

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Detroit Begins Road To Recovery

November 9, 2014 12:04 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

The largest U.S. city to endure bankruptcy has exited insolvency $7 billion lighter in debt, but the effects of civic neglect linger for many in Detroit who still fall asleep to echoes of gunfire and awake surrounded by blocks and blocks of abandoned houses. A federal judge on Friday approved...

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Schumer Calls For Review Of Car Safety Screening

November 9, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger...

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China's Xi Says Economy Shifting To Lower Growth

November 8, 2014 11:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country's economy is shifting to a "new normal" of slower but more stable growth. Xi also touted the benefits of Chinese development to the world in a speech Saturday to Asian business leaders gathered in Beijing, ahead of an Asia-Pacific...

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Solid Hiring Provides Little Boost To Wages, Yet

November 7, 2014 5:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades. In the same week that voters signaled discontent with the U.S. economy, the government issued a report that showed employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for nine straight months — the...

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Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory For Apple

November 7, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense. Bankruptcy court filings released Friday provide new detail about the dispute between the two companies in a deal that was once hailed as success story in Arizona's effort to...

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AAM Responds To Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | Comments

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October.  The #AAMeter, which tracks President Obama's promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, boosts to +218,000 jobs, after positive revisions to...

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Shell Takes On NM County Over Drilling Ban

November 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The first county in the United States to impose an outright ban on oil and gas development could see its controversial ordinance gutted, if not tossed all together, as a federal judge considers the measure's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge James Browning said...

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Job Gains Top 200K For Ninth Month

November 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Three days after voters registered their sourness about the U.S. economy, the government said Friday that employers added a solid 214,000 jobs in October, extending the steadiest pace of job growth in nearly 20 years. In addition, a combined 31,000 more jobs were added in...

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IN's Main Lake Michigan Port Has Busiest Year In Decade

November 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Officials say increased shipments of grain and steel are leading to the busiest year in more than a decade at Indiana's main Lake Michigan port. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor surpassed its previous five-year average of total annual shipments by the end of...

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Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan. "This case underscores the department's commitment to hold...

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Ford Replaces EU Boss Amid Losses

November 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. carmaker Ford has replaced its European boss amid widening regional losses. Ford announced in a statement Friday that Jim Farley, 52, will take over as head of its European operations, based in Cologne, Germany, replacing Stephen Odell. Odell, 59, will take over Farley's...

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