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Rhode Island Tied For Worst Jobless Rate

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months.                           

Nuke Dump Operator Got $1.9M Bonus After Fire

July 21, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.                

NASA Renames Building For Armstrong

July 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony Monday as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, a test pilot and university professor.                    

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GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 12:41 pm | by GE | News | Comments

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C., operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience. The investment builds on the company’s local footprint that was ...

Survey: Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment In 2Q

July 21, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.           

Drought Impacting California's Clean Energy Goals

July 21, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.                     

Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox-maker Allergan says it is cutting about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                      

Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                      

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Federal Court Challenges

July 21, 2014 9:25 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.            

Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                           

McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                

Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

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Boeing Procurement Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

July 21, 2014 7:57 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing.          

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 7:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.               

Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

Chinese Chemical Company Opening Facility In Louisiana

July 18, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major foreign direct investment by a Chinese company in Louisiana.      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

Philly Factory Growth Fastest In 3 Years

July 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments, and hiring all rose.                

'Frankenfood,' Chlorine Chicken Hurt U.S.-EU Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement.       

Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots

July 18, 2014 11:34 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

Blast Reported At Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                    

Australia Repeals 2-Year-Old Carbon Tax

July 18, 2014 9:57 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.               

Edible Marijuana Products Recalled In Colorado

July 18, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

The products were recalled because of the "possible contamination from unsanitary equipment" and "use of equipment not intended for food manufacturing," according to the department's Public Health Inspections Division.             

Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 8:28 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press | News | Comments

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed it into law Thursday.       

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