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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 8:29 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.           

Sikorsky To Pay $3.5M Over Army Cost Claims

April 1, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said Monday.         

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents.      

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 7:44 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.             

Gov't To Require Rearview Cameras In New Vehicles

March 31, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing a final safety rule that requires rearview technology in many new vehicles. The move is an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.           

Fairness Of Minimum Wage Is Debated

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is no objective answer. It depends on the political slant of lawmakers or the views of economists being asked.                         

Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                      

Supreme Court May Limit Software Patents

March 31, 2014 12:16 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appears willing to make it tougher to approve patents for computer software in a case that is being closely watched by technology companies.                 

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Costs Of Climate Change Tough To Tally

March 31, 2014 8:19 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Advisers to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say that the world economy may suffer losses of between 0.2 percent and 2 percent of income if temperatures rise by 2 degrees from recent levels.         

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 8:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.             

White House Plan Aims To Cut Methane Emissions

March 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say methane leaks can be controlled by fixes such as better gaskets, maintenance and monitoring. Such fixes are also thought to be cost-effective, since the industry ends up with more product to sell.            

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Defective Chinese Dolls; Toilet Tech

March 28, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Wal-Mart's recall of 174,000 doll from China to reinventing the toilet.                   

Russian Craft Docks With Space Station

March 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Arriving fashionably late, a Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked with the International Space Station Thursday evening 250 miles over Brazil.                 

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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.           

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.                    

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.         

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