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Appeals Court Allows Meat Labels

March 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                       

Feds, N.Y. Do 2nd Oil Train Inspection Blitz

March 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.         

Unemployment Rates Fall In 29 U.S. States

March 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.           

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Feds Close Investigation Into Tesla Battery Fires

March 28, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company agreed to install more shields beneath the cars.             

Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 8:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Once this year's harsh weather has faded, the U.S. economy could be poised for a breakout year — its strongest annual growth in nearly a decade.                  

Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 4-Month Low

March 27, 2014 12:02 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.             

U.S. First Lady Prods Beijing

March 27, 2014 11:15 am | by Nancy Benac, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mrs. Obama's words cautiously veered from soft subjects such as the value of education and people-to-people exchanges into more pointed messages about the importance of Internet freedom, open expression and respect for minorities.     

U.S. 4Q Economic Growth Revised Higher

March 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The fourth-quarter growth rate was a bit stronger than the 2.4 percent estimate made last month, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.                    

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Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.             

25 Companies To Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 8:51 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.            

Miss. Senate Gives Final Approval To 3 Anti-Union Bills

March 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments' abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.         

GOP: Administration Stonewalling On Wind Farm Bird Deaths

March 27, 2014 8:05 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charge.         

Two Trade Pacts Could Jumpstart U.S. Exports

March 26, 2014 2:20 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 other countries in or bordering the Pacific Ocean would create $124 billion in U.S. exports each year, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a think-tank.          

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Biden Says Raising Minimum Wage 'Good For Business'

March 26, 2014 2:14 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Biden says when the minimum wage or the tipped minimum wage is increased, "all that money comes back into the economy."                                                

What Is The Mystery Project That Could Get Millions From Florida?

March 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Gary Fineout - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents from Space Florida, the state's aerospace economic development arm, show that the company that would receive the money is promising to spend up to $500 million on real estate, equipment and furnishing between now and 2020.     

Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its curbs on exports of rare earths, the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.        

Orders For U.S. Manufactured Goods Up 2.2 Percent

March 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists expect manufacturing output to strengthen in coming months reflecting better weather after a series of winter storms which disrupted production at some factories.                        

China 'Gravely Concerned' About Claims Of U.S. Spying

March 26, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.      

Lockheed Making Parts For New Mini-Shuttle At New Orleans Plant

March 26, 2014 9:20 am | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is working in New Orleans on parts for the Dream Chaser, a mini-shuttle designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. "It's great to see the lights back on," Jim Crocker, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Co., said Tuesday.

Deal Allows Tesla To Sell Cars In Ohio

March 26, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland. It prohibits the company from opening any other stores.                    

Hijacked Cuban Planes Caught In Limbo

March 25, 2014 2:14 pm | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

The story of what happened to the planes in the ensuing years reads like another chapter in the history of stymied, contentious U.S.-Cuba relations, with the new owners unable to get the planes anywhere.           

Effort To Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.              

Obama: NSA Proposal Satisfied Public Concerns

March 25, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says a proposal to have U.S. telephone companies hold onto call record data satisfies public concerns about government being in control of the data.               

Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.              

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