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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.           

Company Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                        

U.S. Presses China On Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 8, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products.                     

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Most Union Members Have Ties To Gov't

July 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

"The basic structure of the labor union movement has changed, reflecting changes in the economy," said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "Manufacturing is a diminishing segment of the economy. Also, a lot of the manufacturing that's being done today is being done nonunion."

U.S. Won't Say If German Spying Claim Is True

July 7, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.                  

Some U.S.-Bound Air Travelers Will Be Required To Turn On Phones

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turning on an electronic device can show a screener that the laptop or cell phone, for instance, is a working device and that the batteries are used for operating that device and are not hidden explosives.          

WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling In U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.         

China Premier: Country's Economy Improving

July 7, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

China's economy improved in the latest quarter but faces "downward pressure," and Beijing will increase the strength of targeted policy measures to shore up growth, the country's premier said Monday.           

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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 8:11 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.  

California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 8:06 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.               

Gov. Bentley To Visit Whiskey Barrel Production Plant

July 7, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey.                     

Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Chinese enterprises and Chinese-born employees of companies abroad have been implicated in a growing number of attempts to steal technology and other commercial secrets.               

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Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

32 States Trail U.S. In Job Recovery

July 2, 2014 2:43 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.                  

Chinese Woman Charged In U.S. Trade Secrets Case

July 2, 2014 2:40 pm | News | Comments

U.S. agents have charged a Chinese woman in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.                        

Suspected Mad Cow Disease Found In Romanian Beef

July 2, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The officials only revealed the case after Russia decided to ban imports of Romanian beef, citing fears of BSE. It wasn't clear how the Russians learned about it.                

Last Cigar Factory In Tampa Fights For Survival

July 2, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. Political events that include the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.

First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets GOP Pushback

July 2, 2014 11:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

Factory Orders Slide In May

July 2, 2014 10:41 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department reports that orders fell 0.5 percent, pulled down by falling demand for military and transportation equipment. That followed increases of 0.8 percent in April, 1.5 percent in March and 1.7 percent in February.             

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

Eurozone Unemployment Remains High

July 2, 2014 8:24 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full year since emerging from recession, the stuttering economy of the 18-country eurozone is still unable to create enough jobs to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate.               

Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.                

Obama Dares Republicans After Lawsuit Threat

July 2, 2014 8:18 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.          

Philippines To Get First New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 2, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

The Philippine president said his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory.              

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