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U.S., European Industries Urge Stronger Trade, Investment Ties With India

December 16, 2014 2:37 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Comments

Washington, D.C., December 16, 2014 – On behalf of businesses across Europe and in all 50 U.S. states, the heads of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and more than a dozen other organizations today sent a joint letter to Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging action on...

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Feds To Boost Mine Blasting Emissions Rules

December 16, 2014 2:29 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Occasionally not all explosive used in a mine blasting operation ignites. When that...

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Boeing 737 Factory To Use All Clean Energy

December 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Boeing says it plans to switch to all renewable energy at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, announced the switch Tuesday at the Renton factory, near Seattle. Boeing says it will eliminate energy...

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Study Finds Toxic Chemicals In Seasonal Holiday Products

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new research study finds that top retailers of holiday decor continue to sell some seasonal decorations and other products that contain hazardous chemicals. Researchers found that 2/3 of these products have one or more hazardous chemicals that have been linked to serious health threats. The study is an update to previous...

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Apple Wins Class-Action iPod Trial

December 16, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software...

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Chrysler Group LLC Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has changed its name to FCA US LLC, effective immediately. The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., which adopted its name in October when it listed on the New York Stock...

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Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 11:11 am | by Bayer CropScience | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority  — 94 percent — indicated in a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. Consumers trust farmers by far more than scientists, nutritionists, government...

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MC Industrial To Construct Boeing Composite Facility Expansion

December 16, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

St. Louis-based MC Industrial, Inc., an independent McCarthy company, has been chosen to construct Boeing’s new 367,000-square-foot composite center on its St. Louis campus. MC Industrial, along with their design partner, Burns & McDonnell, will manage the design and construction of the manufacturing...

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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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