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Space Station Launch Set For Monday Despite Computer Problems

April 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA spent much of the weekend debating whether to proceed with the launch of the Dragon cargo ship, already a month late. A critical backup computer failed outside the space station Friday.            

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.          

World Trade Expected To Improve Next Year

April 14, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization predicts global commerce will grow 5.3 percent next year, an improvement that would bring it back in line with its 1993-2013 historic average.               

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Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Fiery Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 8:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.             

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.                  

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.           

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

Congressional Report Pushes For E-Cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 7:56 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report.                 

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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.                

Feds Say Pipe Tear Caused 2009 Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Annie Knox, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.     

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.                   

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."            

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Panel Shows Who's Responsible For CO2 Emissions

April 11, 2014 11:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.     

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.                     

NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                  

U.S. Budget Deficit Falls To $37B

April 10, 2014 3:41 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's budget deficit shrank to just $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year, the latest sign of improvement in the nation's finances.               

Palmetto State Armory To Expand S.C. Plant, Hire 300

April 10, 2014 2:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

South Carolina-based gun manufacturer Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has announced plans to expand its facility in Lexington, S.C., with a $4.2 million investment.                            

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.           

Air Force Launches Spy Satellite

April 10, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security.               

Moran Loses Bid To Boost Lawmakers' Pay

April 10, 2014 12:11 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moran says Congress is at risk of becoming a bastion for the wealthy and that high rents in Washington, D.C., are a burden for lawmakers of lesser means, especially younger members with children.          

Artificial Cooling A Tricky Topic For Climate Panel

April 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.           

Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 300K

April 10, 2014 8:43 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000.               

GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.           

Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 8:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.            

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