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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.                            

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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.               

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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.            

Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

Bi-Partisan Manufacturing Jobs Bill Passes Through Committee

April 9, 2014 4:43 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The bill, co-written by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), aims to establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) with the goal of creating thousands of high-paying and high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs.      

Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 9, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.               

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Wholesale Stockpiles Up 0.5 Percent In February

April 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.           

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.             

Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 8:32 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                 

Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats all but dared Republicans on Tuesday to resist the legislation, which would make it harder for companies to pay women less than men for the same work and easier for aggrieved workers to sue employers.          

N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                 

Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                   

Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.                         

FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."                      

EU Opens Case Over Russia's Pork Import Ban

April 8, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

The European Union is opening a case against Russia before the World Trade Organization to protest a pork import ban which it calls disproportionate and illegal.                 

UN Climate Panel Chair Asking For 'Enlightenment'

April 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pachauri urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming.        

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