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Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 12, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would ...   

Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Tech

August 12, 2014 1:21 pm | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at ...       

Plea Hearing Set In Navy Contractor Bribery Case

August 12, 2014 3:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contractor for the Navy's Military Sealift Command is expected to plead guilty to accepting bribes. Federal prosecutors say Stafford resident Scott Miserendino and a former Military Sealift Command civil servant accepted more than ...

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Maryland Man Convicted Of Exporting To Iran

August 11, 2014 6:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran. Prosecutors said Monday that a federal grand jury convicted 34-year-old Ali Saboonchi of Parkville after a two-week trial. Saboonchi conspired ...

Survivor: Engine Out Before Iranian Airplane Crash

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Amir Vahdat, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash in the Islamic Republic comes as its airlines fly aging aircraft and have trouble getting replacement parts, even though an interim deal on its contested nuclear program has ...          

U.S. Agency Moves Slowly On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by ...     

FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild. Under the Food and Drug Administration proposal ...        

Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

High Interest In Minnesota Medical Pot Production

August 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Kyle Potter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Want to grow a few plants for Minnesota' new medical marijuana program? It's not so simple. The state is looking to register just two manufacturers to cultivate the drug for severely ill patients. They'll need to ...      

Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.                   

Wholesale Inventories Rise In June

August 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                   

W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                             

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                           

Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

FDA Lifts Hold On Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 8:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                     

British-U.S. Investigative Couple On Trial In China

August 8, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A Briton and an American charged with illegally trading in the personal details of Chinese nationals testified Friday that they bought such information to help companies combat fraud.               

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 8:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified.          

Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.                           

Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                        

FDA: Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

August 8, 2014 7:57 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.                     

Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.              

Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                    

WTO Upholds 'Rare Earth' Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products. In March ...

German Firm Cuts Outlook After Russia Deal Nixed

August 7, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German defense and auto parts company Rheinmetall has cut its earnings forecast after the government revoked permission for it to deliver a field exercise simulator to the Russian military. The company says it's exploring legal options to ...

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