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FDA Warns Against Caffeine Powder After Death

July 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Ann Sanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.                     

FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.         

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.               

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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.              

Unemployment Down In 22 States In June

July 18, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.                 

'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.

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.               

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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.       

Feds Offer Advice After Deadly 2010 Blast

July 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Cumberland metal recycling plant lacked a safety system to collect combustible dust during a 2010 explosion that killed three people and injured another, according to federal investigators.             

Federal Grant To Help Oshkosh Workers

July 18, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is providing nearly half a million dollars in assistance for the workers who were laid off by the defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. in recent months.                        

700 Protest Factory Closure In Myanmar

July 18, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.                  

Second-In-Command At EPA Resigns

July 18, 2014 7:48 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.                    

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Holes In Tank Likely Factor In W.Va. Chemical Leak

July 17, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.               

UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

July 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.          

Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 11:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                

Japanese Nuclear Plant Deemed Safe

July 17, 2014 10:57 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.          

Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.   

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 302K

July 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.                    

Ghosn: Japan's Goal For Female Bosses Goal Too Ambitious

July 17, 2014 8:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.                

Health Officials Say Food Label Changes Aren't Enough

July 17, 2014 8:15 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.                  

Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.            

Pickup In China's Growth Reassuring But No Game Changer

July 17, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

A pickup in China's growth has fortified confidence the world's second-biggest economy is stabilizing as the past decade's explosive growth decelerates to the 7 percent range.                  

Obama Says Climate Change A Direct Threat To Cities

July 17, 2014 7:48 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.         

Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey indicates the economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending.                    

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