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Wyoming Town Evacuated After Gas Explosion

April 24, 2014 | Comments

Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                

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Auto Parts Maker Paying $19.9M Fine In Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

Federal officials allege Showa Corp., based in Japan, had agreed to rig bids and fix prices for some powered steering assemblies sold to Honda Motor Co. and some of its subsidiaries.                    

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MAPI: Manufacturing Has Shaken Winter Blues In Durable Goods Numbers

April 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

“Even after stripping out the volatile transportation component, new orders were up a healthy 2 percent, a considerable improvement from the 0.1 percent gain seen in February. Most likely, the end of a difficult winter eliminated weather-induced bottlenecks and orders resumed their moderate course."

Feds Propose First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

April 24, 2014 10:23 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

The U.S. government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the federal Food and Drug Administration.         

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Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

April 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.           

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Chiquita Wants Court To Toss Terror Payments Case

April 24, 2014 8:49 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | Comments

Produce giant Chiquita Brands International is asking a federal appeals court to toss out lawsuits filed against it in the U.S. by thousands of Colombians whose relatives were killed in a bloody civil war.            

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Alstom Shares Jump Amid Rumors Of GE Buyout

April 24, 2014 8:37 am | Comments

Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.                   

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Tesla Expanding In California

April 24, 2014 8:10 am | Comments

The company has leased a 430,000-square-foot building in Lathrop, a community on Interstate 5 about 75 miles east of San Francisco. Tesla has not said what it plans to do with the space.               

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A Year After Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.            

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GM 1Q Profit Hit By Recalls

April 24, 2014 7:49 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | Comments

GM had a net profit of $125 million, the company's worst quarterly performance since it posted a net loss after leaving bankruptcy protection in 2009.                   

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Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:15 pm | Comments

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says the Arizona-based aerospace industry company is opening a second plant that will begin operations in April 2016. He said Wednesday that 310 jobs will be created.            

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Astronauts Tackle Urgent Repair Job

April 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.               

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PHD, Inc. To Expand Ind. Operations With $4M Investment

April 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by PHD, Inc. | Comments

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., PHD is investing $4.18 million to equip its 76,000 square-foot production facility in Huntington. Multi-axis CNC equipment will be installed in the coming weeks with plans to begin insourcing production of CNC-machined parts.

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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 12:15 pm | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                      

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 12:05 pm | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                  

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Skechers Sprints To Multi-Year Highs After Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014 11:43 am | Comments

Skechers is trading near four-year highs during a banner week in which the winner of the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line wearing its shoes and a day later, it blew away Wall Street's expectations for the first quarter.     

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Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

April 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | Comments

Canada says it will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.                  

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

April 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | Comments

The plan has stirred plenty of opposition, with many wondering if modern electronics will rob some of the mystique that surrounds the venerable ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 23, 1914 — 100 years ago.                 

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Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.           

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 8:47 am | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                        

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