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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

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Federal Agency Files Record Number Of Complaints Against Mining Companies

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The federal government's mining oversight agency filed 49 complaints over worker discrimination allegations last year, more than in any year since its inception in 1978. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety requirements at U.S. mining and mineral processing operations, files such...

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Humane Certification Of U.S. Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent In 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by American Humane Association | Comments

One of the most dramatic new trends in U.S. agriculture is the move by farmers, ranchers and producers to humane certification. American Humane Association, by far the nation's largest humane certifier, revealed today at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta that the number of...

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German Automakers Lobby For U.S., EU Trade Deal

January 28, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in...

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Jobless Rate Moves In 2014: CO Best, LA Worst

January 27, 2015 6:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Across the country, changes in unemployment rates varied from state to state in 2014, but collectively the numbers pointed to a year of substantial improvement: Jobless rates fell in 46 states, and everyone except...

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White House Plan Would Open Atlantic Coast To Drilling

January 27, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to lease offshore sites for oil and gas drilling, including, for the first time, areas off the Atlantic Coast. The proposal, announced by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, would also include leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast, though the...

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Most States Report Job Gains In December

January 27, 2015 4:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. The latest state and regional estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, by contrast, showed only four states with rising unemployment...

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Judge Says ND Oil Patch Lawsuit Can Move Forward

January 27, 2015 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge says a lawsuit against a major oil company doing business in the North Dakota oil patch can move forward. Judge Ralph Erickson's ruling grants conditional class action status to the suit filed by a former employee of Schlumberger, which provides technology and other support...

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Coal Mining Simulator Coming To Southern IL

January 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two Illinois colleges are planning to build a simulator that will allow coal miners to train how to react in emergencies without having to set foot in a mine. The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Wearable Devices

January 27, 2015 3:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Smart watches, Google glasses, and exercise-tracking wearables were all the rage in 2014. So what is next for wearable technology in 2015? The International CES gadget show at the beginning of the month featured wearable applications that are broadening the wearable landscape. Writing from...

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Mercedes Selects AM General To Make SUVs In The U.S.

January 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class, a seven-seat SUV, at its commercial vehicle plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. The R-Class was briefly...

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VW, Audi, Porsche Issue Recalls For Fuel Leaks

January 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The recalls cover the Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg hybrid from the 2012 model year, the Audi A7 from 2012 and 2013, and the Audi Q7, S4 and S5 from 2011 through 2012. All the vehicles have 3-liter V-6 engines, according to documents posted Tuesday by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

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BP Executive Takes Stand In Gulf Oil Spill Penalty Trial

January 27, 2015 11:49 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

A BP executive has taken the stand as lawyers for the oil giant make their case for a federal Clean Water Act penalty well under the $13.7 billion maximum for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Richard Morrison, a regional president for BP Exploration and Production, was Tuesday's first witness as the three-week trial...

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BMV Outsources License Plate Production, Registrations

January 27, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Indiana prisoners will get out of the license plate-making business under a state plan to outsource the production and distribution of plates and vehicle registrations. WISH-TV reported Monday that the BMV has entered into a $72 million contract with Intellectual Technology Inc. The company and...

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Survey: Car Purchases Expected To Soar In 2015

January 27, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Huntington Bank’s Third Annual Midwest Economic Index reveals 16 percent of consumers definitely will purchase a car in 2015. The response represents a 10 percent increase over definite intent for car purchases in 2014 and is a clear sign of optimism among consumers interviewed in...

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Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Lederman, Calvin Woodward, The Associated Press | Comments

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds. Obama said drones, properly used, have...

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell 3.4% In December

January 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft. Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December following a 2.1 percent decline in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The decline was...

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Defense Contractor To Pay $2M To Settle Claims

January 26, 2015 8:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay the money to end...

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Labor Dispute At Ports Could Hamper Railroads

January 26, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A months-long contract dispute at ports along the West Coast could spill thousands of miles inland, where two rail companies are raising concerns about shipping complications. Some 20,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have stayed on the job since their contract with the Pacific...

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Obama Administration Moves To Restrict Alaska Oil Exploration

January 26, 2015 5:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Obama administration has proposed designating a majority of the sprawling Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska as wilderness, which would restrict exploration for oil in the area. Republicans in Congress, however, have already signaled their fierce opposition to the proposal, the latest episode in a decades-long fight over...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Drones

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

It is tough to have a single conversation about what the future might look like without mentioning widespread commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. However, at least two key obstacles remain in place before drone use can become more widespread: legislation and safety. It looks like 2015 might...

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