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Feds Probe Dodge Charger Complaints

July 25, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

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Obama To Attend UN Climate Summit

July 25, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to addressing climate change.       

Russian Execs Fear Lasting Damage From Plane Crash

July 25, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. 

Obama Aide: Impeachment Threat Taken Seriously

July 25, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.                    

Orders For Durable Goods Up In June

July 25, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.              

NHTSA Probes Hyundai Sonata Air Bag Problem

July 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.                      

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China Expected To Declare Qualcomm A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 8:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.                 

U.S. Executions Marked By Challenges, Drug Shortages

July 25, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

After more than three decades of using the same three-drug combo to put hundreds of inmates to death with few problems, states have scrambled in recent years to find alternative drugs because of a shortage rooted in European opposition to capital punishment.

Layoffs Becoming Rare Across U.S. Job Market

July 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raises the hope that workers' pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half-decade.                 

Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.          

FDA Reviewing What Might Become First Biosimilar Drug

July 25, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug.                   

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House Panel Clears Way For Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 25, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.    

EU Seeking Energy Efficiency To Ease Russia Gas Link

July 25, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

The Commission proposed to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.                                  

Ga. Investigated Complaint Against MFG Chemical Plant

July 25, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show.           

Biden Pushes Infrastructure, Job Training In Ohio

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.                   

Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

July 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. Others have listed out-of-state employees and short-term hires as being among the jobs they created. A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports.   

Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record $74.9 billion in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.             

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 284K

July 24, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.               

China's Factory Index At 18-Month High

July 24, 2014 8:18 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.                

JFK Returns To Old Look On New Coins

July 24, 2014 8:13 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this week portray JFK's famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.         

Report: Female Business Owners Face Gender Gap

July 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.                  

$148M Metal Research Center To Open In Detroit This Fall

July 24, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.           

Texas Firm Recalls Compounded Drugs

July 24, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to risks of contamination.                     

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