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NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part In Space

November 26, 2014 | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

The first 3D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch Wilmore...

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The Mind-Blowing Scale Of Holiday Hiring

November 26, 2014 1:20 pm | by Adecco | Comments

The scale of holiday hiring in the U.S. is truly mind-blowing. Find out more about the 300,000 seasonal hires made just by the five biggest retailers--Macy's, Target, Kohl's, J.C. Penny, and Wal-Mart--the amount of spending on holiday shopping, and the effects on the economy...


3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:36 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | Comments

Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low. All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores. Why? Five years into the economic...


White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits On Ice

November 26, 2014 12:19 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | Comments

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class. Speculation on Capitol Hill...


Japanese Firm To Build Light-Rail Cars In LA

November 26, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Japanese firm says it will go ahead with plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County, a month after threatening to pull out when talks with organized labor groups stalled. The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that Kinkisharyo...


Woman Cleared In Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn...


EU Proposes $380B Economy Investment Plan

November 26, 2014 11:52 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union's executive is proposing a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc's flagging economy, a scheme whose success will depend on leveraging 21 billion euros in guarantees and seed money to attract private...


U.S. Consumer Spending Up 0.2% In Oct

November 26, 2014 11:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that consumer spending rose 0.2 percent last month, while September was revised from a decline to a flat..


NAM: New Ozone Regulation Jeopardizes Manufacturing Comeback

November 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of an expanded ozone standard: “Manufacturers in the United States are working hard for a manufacturing...


Bucksport Mill Closure Pushed Back To End Of Year

November 26, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The closure of a Bucksport paper mill that is expected to put more than 500 people out of work is being pushed back from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, keeping employees on payroll for another month. Verso Paper Corp.'s Bucksport mill was initially set to shutter on Dec. 1. Company spokesman Bill...

AAM Asks Americans To Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 10:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Thanksgivings is almost upon on. Families are getting ready to sit down for turkey dinners, the T.V’s are cued to football and the Macy’s Day Parade, and some are even preparing for Black Friday shopping. And with Black Friday bearing down, The Alliance for American Manufacturing is...


Obama Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 10:07 am | by Erica Werner, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks. Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to...


Germany To Require 30% Women In Top Boardrooms

November 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats...


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Jump To 313K

November 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That's the highest level since the...


Obama Administration Sets Stricter Smog Standard

November 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the...


U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Up 0.4%

November 26, 2014 9:08 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in October, but a key category that tracks business investment plans declined sharply for a second straight month. Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even...


Food Manufacturer Expands In Chicago Suburbs

November 26, 2014 4:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A California-based fresh food manufacturer is expanding in the Chicago suburbs. Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced in a news release on Tuesday that Fuji Food Products Inc. is opening a $2.5 million food processing and distribution facility in South Elgin that is expected to create 110 jobs. ...


Oregon Food Label Measure Headed For Recount

November 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | Comments

Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin...


Strike Paralyzes Antwerp Port

November 25, 2014 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Trade unions have opened a month of intermittent strike action by paralyzing the port of Antwerp and slowing train traffic through much of Belgium. Monday's protest action targeted measures by the nation's business-friendly government to cut into employees' income, extend working time and...


MAPI Foundation Economic Forecast: Jobs, Replacement Demand Highlight Growth

November 25, 2014 5:12 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

Strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report. The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, released its quarterly economic...


Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power, and technology at the humble spoon. Of course these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's Disease to eat without...



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