Federal accident investigators called Thursday for a probe of the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of tour buses, saying its own look into four crashes that killed 25 people raises "serious questions" about how well the agency is doing its job.
The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,250 to 348,250. The average was elevated by the 16-day partial government shutdown and backlogs in California that occurred because of computer upgrades. Weekly applications have fallen for four straight weeks.
The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising sign of strength ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. Exports rose, businesses stocked up, home construction increased and state and local governments spent at the fastest pace in four years.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering cutting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants as a measure to combat global warming. Opponents of the effort say it will wreak havoc on the economy, but environmentalists supporting the new limits say a burgeoning renewable energy industry would more than make up for any lost jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a New Hampshire textiles company is facing $115,000 in fines for 21 serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Hampton plant. OSHA started investigating Foss Manufacturing Co. in April after a worker's complaint.
The European Union's competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has praised Google's latest proposal as a "significant improvement" from earlier versions and appears to be near a decision to approve it. But Google competitors and some consumer groups are fiercely critical of the plan.
The shutdown will be mostly to blame. But its effect on the data won't be easy to tease out. Economists have all but thrown up their hands trying to forecast Friday's figures or to suggest what they might mean.
As manufacturing workers face an improving job market overall, are they preparing to jump ship? Recent studies of the manufacturing workforce suggest that confidence might actually translate into upheaval in an individual organization, as workers feel more comfortable looking for different opportunities outside of their current companies.
Labor unions are spending more than $1 million on new television ads criticizing House Republicans for refusing to back comprehensive immigration reform. The ads will air in Spanish in target districts with large Latino populations in California, Colorado, Georgia and Florida.
The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for Oct. is 63.1, up from 59.9 in Sept., raising the three-month average for the economy to a robust 61.1. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth. Just over 75 percent of respondents report their expectations are for the economy to remain the same or become more stable.
A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.
Swiss prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that a criminal investigation has been opened against one of the world's largest processors of precious metals over allegations that it laundered gold obtained through war crimes.
Wednesday's approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the EU's 28 member nations for consideration and could lead to a decision on the issue as soon as next month. EU member states have sharply diverging views on the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms — commonly known as GMOs.
Enck said workers are almost three-quarters toward their final goal of removing 2.65 million cubic yards, and have removed 612,000 cubic yards this season, 75 percent over the project's annual goal. Good weather and efficient work by crews under the direction of General Electric Co. has helped speed progress, she said.
If anything of consequence occurs in this era of smartphones and multi-G wireless networks, a horde of "citizen journalists" will doubtless be on hand to capture and broadcast the sights and sounds.
Inslee, surrounded by key lawmakers, and officials from Boeing Co. and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said he wants lawmakers to return to Olympia on Thursday and approve the measures — which would likely include tax breaks for Boeing but possibly higher taxes for drivers — in just one week.
For starters, weak job growth has held down pay. And since the recession struck six years ago, businesses have been relentless in cutting costs. They've also stockpiled cash rather than build new products or lines of business. And they've been earning larger chunks of their profits overseas.
The European Commission's energy chief says the bloc's executive arm will present a proposal on mandatory disaster insurance for nuclear power plants in coming weeks.Guenther Oettinger said Tuesday the proposal should be one of the first items on the European Parliament's agenda following elections in May.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Rapids, Mich., said Tuesday that the workers watched movies, played games and did volunteer work in 2012 while being paid through a $150 million Department of Energy grant to build and operate a battery factory in Holland, Mich.
The European Union's economy is expected to grow 0.5 percent over the second half of the year, leaving it flat for the whole year, and expand 1.4 percent in 2014, according to the Commission's fall forecast. Its last predictions, issued in May, had expected an economic decline of 0.1 percent in 2013.
The UAW's chief lawyer is portraying the city of Detroit as inflexible in the weeks leading to last summer's bankruptcy filing. Unions opposed to Detroit's bankruptcy say there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing in July. If a judge finds that's true, he could throw out the case.
After the Big River Steel mill was announced in January, Nucor Steel asked legislators to vote against providing $125 million in financing, which wound up passing easily. Now Nucor has filed lengthy objections with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.
Among the OECD's euro constituency— 14 of the 17 EU countries that use the euro are members of the OECD — the proportion trusting government fell from 49.1 to 42.8 percent over the same period. In Japan, the situation's even worse, dipping from 27 percent in 2010 to 17 percent last year.