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Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats mocked the legal action as a purely political exercise that is doomed to failure but aimed at appeasing conservatives who want to see Obama impeached.                     

Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows a 0.2 percent decrease in May.          

Factory Output Rises For 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.                       

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Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

Delaware Expanding Research Tax Credit

July 16, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Small business owners in Delaware are eligible for an expanded tax credit with the signing of a new law by Gov. Jack Markell.                        

Feds, Widows Settle Mine File Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents.       

NY Investing $135M In Nanotech Initiative With GE

July 16, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

New York state is teaming with General Electric and other companies on a $500 million initiative to spur research and development in miniature electronic components.                

Yellen: Economy Needs Fed Support

July 15, 2014 1:25 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.         

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Sausage Makers Fined $460M For Price-Fixing

July 15, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has imposed fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices.                       

F-35 Jet Gets Limited OK After Fire

July 15, 2014 9:09 am | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.           

Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.          

Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.           

WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                            

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Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

Patients Want FDA Ban On Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.          

NHTSA Investigating Fatal Truck Tank Explosion

July 14, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will probe a fatal truck explosion that happened last spring when a forklift pierced the vehicle's natural gas fuel tank.                   

White House Says 2014 Deficit To Drop To $583B

July 14, 2014 7:48 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said.                           

Obama Taps Controversial Nominee For NLRB

July 14, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans.                    

China Accused Of 'Gluttonous, Naked Aggression'

July 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Any military in the world that uses its power to bully, intimidate and destabilize the economy of the world, is not in the United States' best interests, nor of our allies nor our friends," Rep. Rogers said.          

Amazon Seeking FAA Permission To Fly Drones

July 11, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.                

CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

Economists Lower U.S. Growth Forecasts

July 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.            

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                          

Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.              

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