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Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.              

Wis. Assembly Passes Tax Break For Plane Parts

March 21, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

Aviation companies in Wisconsin would be exempt from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.               

Hawaii Revives And Kills GMO Label Bill

March 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state Legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived.          

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Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                  

Businesses Fight Over Indiana Energy Program

March 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell and Ingersoll Rand, which both have operations in Indiana, warned in a joint statement this week that it would "set the state back years," if Pence signs the legislation.            

GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                  

California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.             

Nearly All Major U.S. Banks Pass 'Stress Tests'

March 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Alex Veiga and Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Results of the Fed's annual "stress tests" showed Thursday that all but one of 30 top banks passed muster with sufficient capital buffers to keep them lending through an economic crisis.            

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.           

New Mexico Nuclear Waste May Go To Texas

March 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Betsy Blaney and Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the government's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas.       

Health Care Law Has Uneven Impact

March 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Its impact on companies varies greatly, depending on factors such as a firm's number of employees and whether it already provides health insurance.                  

Only 11 Percent Of Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs

March 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work.            

Czech Agriculture Minister Says Budvar Is Not For Sale

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurecka says Budvar has remained profitable despite the recent economic downturn, adding the trademark dispute with Anheuser-Busch was another reason to keep it in the state hands.             

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise Slightly

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.             

Hawaii AG Sues Makers Of Plavix

March 20, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Hawaii's attorney general is suing the makers of a widely prescribed blood thinner that he says a significant portion of the state's population has difficulty metabolizing.               

Gov't Investigating Saturn Ion Steering Issue

March 20, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The government is investigating whether General Motors should recall the Saturn Ion compact car for the same steering defect that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt.                

Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 8:12 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors would be allowed to sell cars in Arizona without establishing a dealer network under a bill approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday.              

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 7:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.                

U.S. Current Account Deficit Falls To 14-Year Low

March 19, 2014 3:55 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter. That's the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.           

Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 19, 2014 3:26 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                 

Obama Using Data To Fight Global Warming

March 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.                      

FAA: Boeing's 787 Safe Despite Problems

March 19, 2014 12:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal aviation officials say Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane's many problems since its rollout.                

Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                 

Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                     

EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

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