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Coca-Cola Cutting Up To 1.8K Jobs

January 8, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs. The Atlanta-based company says it began notifying workers in the U.S. and some international locations Thursday. The company said job types are across all parts of its business and include about 500 at its...

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Shrinking Foreign Oil Bill Sends U.S. Trade Deficit Lower

January 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in almost a year, thanks to the country's swiftly shrinking thirst for foreign oil. The deficit — imports minus exports — narrowed to $39 billion during the month, down 7.7 percent from a revised October deficit of $42.2 billion, the Commerce Department reported...

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GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook For 2015

January 8, 2015 9:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

With all the talk of falling oil prices and its effect on the global economy, companies and consumers are keeping a close eye on the fluctuating gas prices. This week, GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the...

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Lawmakers Raise Questions Over Incentives For VW

January 8, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Some Republican lawmakers from a southeastern Tennessee county that's home to a Volkswagen plant are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the United Auto Workers union's role at the facility. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam last summer struck...

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EPA Delays Final Rule On Emissions From New Power Plants

January 8, 2015 9:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th, has been delayed, leaving many frustrated. Republicans are claiming it is a political move on the part of the Obama administration.The proposed rule was announced in September 2013, published...

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Tobacco Companies Criticize Federal Judge For Misleading Public

January 7, 2015 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger...

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Drones Must Learn To Navigate Populated Areas

January 7, 2015 2:10 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | Comments

For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities — without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians. Technology has advanced to the point where hobbyists can fly the unmanned aircraft with their iPhones. But nobody has yet developed a successful system for...

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Small Businesses Have Even More Credit-Card Reader Options

January 7, 2015 1:43 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Comments

Small business owners looking to ditch traditional credit card readers have more options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are just two of the latest companies to offer mobile credit card readers to small companies, joining the likes of Square, PayPal and Intuit. Mobile credit...

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U.S. Gas Prices End 2014 At Lowest Levels Since 2009

January 7, 2015 1:28 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | Comments

Across the country, retail prices for regular grade gasoline reached the lowest levels in four years primarily as a result of falling crude prices in the second half of 2014. As of December 12, the weekly retail price for regular gasoline in each city for which EIA collects data was below $3.00 per gallon (gal) for the first time since...

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Survey: U.S. Companies Stepped Up Hiring In December

January 7, 2015 12:32 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 241,000 jobs in December, up from 227,000 in...

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Strong Dollar Means Cheap Gas, Imports For U.S.

January 7, 2015 12:19 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

As the global economy has weakened, a forcefully stronger U.S. dollar has emerged. The fallout from the greenback's appreciation is reverberating around the world. A more valuable dollar translates into cheaper oil and the imports lining U.S. store shelves. That represents both a boon for American consumers and a...

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NAM: Coalition Files Lawsuit To Stop NLRB Agenda

January 7, 2015 11:41 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

On January 5, a coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule, which it issued on December 12. The rule changes longstanding labor policy by shortening the time frame...

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Monsanto Earnings Fall 34% On Lower Corn Seed Sales

January 7, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Monsanto said Wednesday that its earnings fell 34 percent in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers cut back on planting corn, reducing demand for the company's biotech-enhanced seeds. U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those food...

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Blast At WA Natural Gas Facility Costs $69M In Repairs

January 7, 2015 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Williams Northwest Pipeline is spending $69 million to repair damage from an explosion that injured five people at a natural gas facility last March in eastern Washington. A pressure vessel ruptured, throwing a piece of shrapnel into a liquid natural-gas storage tank at the processing...

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Mercedes Announces Decision To Move U.S. Headquarters To GA

January 7, 2015 8:27 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press | Comments

German luxury automobile maker Mercedes-Benz said Tuesday that it's moving its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta, in part to be closer to its manufacturing facility in Alabama. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the company accepted an incentive package...

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FTC Chief Says Gadget Industry Must Prioritize Privacy

January 7, 2015 8:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the Federal Trade Commission is pressing the tech industry to protect consumer privacy. Powerful networks of data sensors and...

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Drone Market Resembles Silicon Valley's Early Days

January 7, 2015 1:40 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | Comments

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for search-and-rescue...

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Californians On Way To State's New Energy Goals

January 6, 2015 7:41 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | Comments

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. Pushing programs such as high-speed rail, for...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week

January 6, 2015 4:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The snapshot for this week is an image of White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaking during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The photo shows Earnest announcing President Obama's plans to veto the Keystone pipeline...

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Boeing Reports Record Orders, Deliveries To Airlines In 2014

January 6, 2015 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Boeing Co. set records for aircraft orders and deliveries in 2014, as airlines spent heavily to upgrade their fleets with new, more fuel-efficient planes. Boeing said Tuesday that it took net orders for 1,432 planes with a total listed value of $232.7 billion. Airlines routinely get steep...

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