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Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

Lawsuit: Georgia Factory Is Polluting Altamaha River

April 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                   

Herbalife Denies Criminal Probe Report

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The company said in a statement that it has no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DOJ or the FBI. It also said that it has not received any request for information from either agency.           

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.        

Business Increased Stockpiles 0.4 Percent In February

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in February following a similar 0.4 percent increase in January. Sales rose 0.8 percent in February, bouncing back after a 1.1 percent sales decline in January.          

Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The British drug company faces corruption probes in China and Iraq. It said in a statement it is cooperating with investigators and that one employee had been disciplined in 2011 for inappropriate actions.              

No Radiation Found In Water Near Nuke Dump

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.           

Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 8:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                  

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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 8:37 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.           

Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.           

Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.           

Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said.             

Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 11, 2014 4:02 pm | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                

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Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

After making a hubbub about testing delivery by aerial drones in December, the company said its Prime Air team is testing fifth- and sixth-generation aerial vehicles and in the design phase on generations seven and eight.         

GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                      

FEMA OKs W.Va. Chem Spill Request

April 11, 2014 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin related to the January chemical spill in Charleston, but refused to consider the event a "major disaster."            

Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 10:42 am | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.         

Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 8:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March.                     

Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 8:08 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.           

Ulta Creating Up To 537 Jobs At Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Beauty products retailer Ulta Inc. will locate a distribution center in Greenwood, Ind. and create up to 537 jobs by 2018.                       

Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 10, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said.           

Judge Sets Hearing In Boeing Sale Lawsuit

April 10, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Kansas has set a hearing in the lawsuit against Boeing brought by two unions over pensions and retiree medical benefits.                   

GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 11:17 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                  

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