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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.                   

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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.                

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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.              

U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

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Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed After Asbestos Accident

July 11, 2014 8:02 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.                   

Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

Wholesalers Slow Restocking As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                          

France Pleads For New EU Economic Strategy

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity measures.            

Unemployment Aid Applications Fall To 304K

July 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.                     

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.             

Obama Signs Intelligence Bill

July 9, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation.   

Is Washington Broken?

July 9, 2014 2:38 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there's a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it's beyond fixing.           

FDA Approves First Drug From Anacor Pharma

July 9, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed after federal regulators approved its first drug, the toenail fungus treatment Kerydin, a few weeks ahead of schedule.               

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