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Layoffs Becoming Rare Across U.S. Job Market

July 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raises the hope that workers' pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half-decade.                 

Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.          

FDA Reviewing What Might Become First Biosimilar Drug

July 25, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug.                   

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House Panel Clears Way For Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 25, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.    

EU Seeking Energy Efficiency To Ease Russia Gas Link

July 25, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

The Commission proposed to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.                                  

Ga. Investigated Complaint Against MFG Chemical Plant

July 25, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show.           

Biden Pushes Infrastructure, Job Training In Ohio

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.                   

Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

July 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. Others have listed out-of-state employees and short-term hires as being among the jobs they created. A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports.   

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Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record $74.9 billion in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.             

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 284K

July 24, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.               

China's Factory Index At 18-Month High

July 24, 2014 8:18 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.                

JFK Returns To Old Look On New Coins

July 24, 2014 8:13 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this week portray JFK's famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.         

Report: Female Business Owners Face Gender Gap

July 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.                  

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$148M Metal Research Center To Open In Detroit This Fall

July 24, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.           

Texas Firm Recalls Compounded Drugs

July 24, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to risks of contamination.                     

Head Of Troubled Anthrax Lab Has Resigned

July 24, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Dozens of CDC workers were potentially exposed to anthrax. No one got sick, but an internal investigation found serious safety lapses, including use of an unapproved sterilization technique and use of a potent type of anthrax in an experiment that did not require a live form of the germ.     

Reid: Taxpayers Shouldn't Bankroll Companies That Outsource Jobs

July 24, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

"We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America," said Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.             

NASA Doesn't Have The Money For Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.                   

Gov. Walker Got $68K From Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 23, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

A recent campaign finance report shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has received money from at least 11 corporations that outsource jobs to other countries.                 

IMF Cuts Forecast For U.S. Economic Growth

July 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund has shaved its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, mostly because of a sharp contraction in the first quarter.                 

China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

Inspection Finds Issues At GSK Vaccine Plant

July 23, 2014 10:10 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recent Health Canada inspection of the country's only flu vaccine production plant identified 10 issues that need to be addressed, a report from the regulatory agency reveals.               

Gun Law Forces Beretta Out Of Maryland

July 23, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. said company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.              

Miner Asks Congress For Help On Black Lung

July 23, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.                     

Courts Split On Health Law Clash

July 23, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.         

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