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NASA Program Offers Consultation On R&D

April 4, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal program is giving companies from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a chance to get free, confidential research and development insight directly from NASA experts.              

Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                    

Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 8:27 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.              

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Little Evidence Of Threats To Execution Drug Makers

April 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Bailey Elise McBride and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.          

Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

April 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.         

U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 7:36 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government reached a settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.              

Unilever Paying $4.5M For Water Act Violations

April 3, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Unilever is paying $4.5 million for environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.                       

White House Objects To Samsung Use Of Obama Selfie

April 3, 2014 2:37 pm | News | Comments

The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone.                   

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Wireless Electricity, Digital Paper & Airbag Jackets

April 3, 2014 2:30 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on wireless electricity and Sony’s Digital Paper. We'll also talk about the new auto safety regulation and take a look at airbag jackets.          

Air, Space Artifacts Getting New Display In D.C.

April 3, 2014 11:29 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight.               

Police Detain 18 Over China Plant Protest

April 3, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Police in a southern Chinese city detained 18 people after a protest against a planned chemical plant turned violent over the weekend, local authorities said Thursday.                

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 8:51 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the deficit increased to $42.3 billion, 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion.                      

Applications For Jobless Aid Rise To 326K

April 3, 2014 8:42 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.        

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Report Says EPA Failed To Disclose Risks In Human Tests

April 3, 2014 8:04 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

An internal investigation found that the agency failed to disclose long-term cancer risks and a small chance of death to 81 human test subjects who consented to breathe in diesel exhaust and other pollutants during experiments.     

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 7:52 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.            

Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 7:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that making a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen subject to labor talks concluding to the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a "statement of reality" about the political landscape in Tennessee.  

13 GM Traffic Deaths Linked To 57-Cent Part

April 2, 2014 3:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new chief executive on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Barra tried to assure lawmakers that GM is now more focused on safety and the consumer. Many senators were disappointed and not convinced.                   

IMF Leader Wants Bold Policies To Aid Recovery

April 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday that leading nations need to embrace bold policy steps to accelerate a still-modest and fragile global economic recovery.             

Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 11:54 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The bill would renew benefits for the long-term unemployed, generally those who have been off the job for more than 26 weeks. An estimated 2.7 million workers have been affected since the program expired at the end of last year.    

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 11:22 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                

German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.             

U.S. Factory Orders Rebound In February

April 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.6 percent in February, the most in five months, following declines of 1 percent in January and 2 percent in December.                  

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                 

EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                

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