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Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government. Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the...

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Toyota Recalls Nearly 423K Lexuses For Fuel Leak

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Toyota says that the cars' fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against...

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EPA Delays Decision On Ethanol In Gas

November 21, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in fuel for the first time, acknowledging that a biofuel law that both...

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Unemployment Rates Fall In Two-Thirds Of U.S. States

November 21, 2014 12:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Rates were unchanged in 11 states. Steady...

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Economists Predict Continued MI Job Growth

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Michigan's economy will continue to improve over the next two years after five years of steady job growth, University of Michigan economists said Friday in an annual forecast. In their November outlook, George Fulton, Joan Crary and Donald Grimes predicted that the state will add a total of more...

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Can Low Oil Prices Be Good For The Environment?

November 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren't so bad for the environment after all. The global price of oil has plummeted 31 percent in just five months, a steep...

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MN Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

November 21, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released Thursday. Marking a steady trend in the state, seasonally adjusted employment figures show that 3.9 percent...

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NM Lawmakers Grill Spaceport Boss

November 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers demanded more details Thursday about how the New Mexico Spaceport Authority plans to succeed now that the nearly quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America stands empty and commercial fights by anchor tenant Virgin Galactic have been delayed indefinitely. Members of a legislative finance...

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GE Appoints Four New Officers

November 21, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE announced today the appointment of four new Company officers. GE has 196 officers globally who lead large revenue-generating businesses or are in critical technology or functional roles, helping to drive growth. Harel Kodesh, 56, has been named...

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Japan Orders Air Bag Maker To Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to...

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NAM CEO: Congress Must Take Action On Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 9:22 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement following President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration: “Today’s announcement further underscores that congressional action is critically needed on immigration...

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Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 6:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding Takata air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,...

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged In Oct

November 20, 2014 4:00 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay. The steady reading for inflation last month followed a tiny 0.1 percent increase in September and a 0.2 percent drop in August, the Labor Department said...

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Honda: Apology, Admission In Air Bag Hearing

November 20, 2014 3:44 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the...

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Nominee For Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist...

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Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 20, 2014 1:59 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of Quality Hiroshi Shimizu said recalls should be limited to...

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NAM: Coalition Representing U.S. Economy Calls For Extension Of Temporary Tax Provisions

November 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

More than 500 organizations representing millions of individuals, businesses of all sizes and community development and nonprofit organizations delivered a letter to Congress today urging policymakers to work together during the lame-duck session to extend seamlessly, enhance...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 291K

November 20, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a...

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts 0.9% October Gain

November 20, 2014 11:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in October at the fastest pace in three months. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.9 percent last month following a 0.7 percent rise in September, which had been initially reported...

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EPA Approves 2 Permits For TX Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas. The EPA on Wednesday announced the permits for M&G Resins USA for a facility in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi...

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