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Grim U.S. Economic Picture Is Brightening

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Solid hiring, growth in manufacturing and surging auto sales have lifted the economy at a steady if still-unspectacular pace.                                

NTSB: Pilot 'Mismanagment' In Asiana Flight

June 24, 2014 1:01 pm | by Joan Lowy and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Transportation Safety Board also said that the complexity of the Boeing 777's autothrottle, as well as materials provided by the aircraft maker that failed to make clear when controls don't automatically maintain speed, contributed to the accident.

Senate Backers Of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.            

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Japan Aims To Restore Cutting Edge

June 24, 2014 10:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan includes dozens of proposed changes to labor regulations, government pension fund investments, corporate governance and tax policies that Abe says are needed to spur corporate investment and innovation.             

Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 8:17 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The government agency provides direct loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to help foreign buyers purchase American-made products.                    

Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.         

Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 8:03 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Despite having a year and a half to prepare the warning photos that are to cover 40 percent of all cigarette packs, most tobacco companies failed to meet Tuesday's deadline, according to the National Commission for Child Protection.    

Australia PM Introduces Bill To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 7:55 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.            

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FDA: Heart Pacer-Zapper Benefits Women More

June 24, 2014 7:52 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Women with heart failure are less likely to get a special kind of pacemaker than men, but more likely to benefit from the device, a government analysis suggests.                

Mass. Group Withdraws Minimum Wage Ballot Question

June 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group that supports a higher state minimum wage has ended its bid for a November ballot question, saying it was no longer necessary now that lawmakers had approved a bill that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage among states by 2017.

U.S. Mayors Pass Climate Change Ideas

June 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously approved a resolution Monday that calls on cities to use natural solutions to fight the effects of climate change.                         

Supreme Court Raps EPA, But Upholds Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 11:33 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming.                     

FDA Extends Comment Period On E-Cig Rules

June 23, 2014 11:00 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

In addition to mandating warning labels that say nicotine is an addictive chemical, the rules would require e-cigarette makers to disclose their products' ingredients.                     

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UN Assembly Links Environment, Economics

June 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Straziuso, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly is underway in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than 150 high-level delegations are addressing environmental sustainability challenges.                   

Jamaica To Encourage Bamboo Industry

June 23, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories.                      

Food Safety Is A New Frontier For Legal Pot

June 23, 2014 8:04 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

With federal help in regulating production nonexistent because the drug is illegal under federal law, state and local governments have had to assemble a patchwork of health and safety regulations for foods with cannabis.                   

Mayors Use Nature To Fight Climate Change

June 23, 2014 7:58 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayors from GOP-dominated states are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.       

GM Could Face Another Fine For Impala Recall

June 20, 2014 9:01 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

An old e-mail from a General Motors employee warning of a "serious safety problem" could help trigger another government fine against the automaker.                    

Senate Panel Approves Lawmaker Pay Freeze

June 20, 2014 8:52 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Senate panel voted Thursday to follow the House and deny lawmakers the cost-of-living pay raise they would otherwise automatically receive next January.                   

Supreme Court Tosses Software Patent

June 20, 2014 8:50 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out an Australian company's patent for business software in a decision that clarifies standards for awarding patents, but not as much as some firms had hoped.          

Spacewalkers Complete Antenna Installation

June 20, 2014 8:47 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev panted and sighed as they dealt with balky clamps and latches. Mission Control outside Moscow urged them to take frequent breaks.              

Woman Sues, Saying Chia Powder Caused Salmonella

June 20, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

A Colorado woman has filed suit against Navitas Naturals of California, saying she contracted salmonella from the company's chia powder.                   

Rock That Whizzed By Earth May Be Grabbed By NASA

June 19, 2014 3:44 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit.                          

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

Minimum Wage Debate Pits Cities Against States

June 19, 2014 2:05 pm | by David Klepper and Blake Davis, Associated Press | News | Comments

In many states, the efforts are opposed by state officials concerned that local minimum wages could create a confusing patchwork of wage rules. Opponents also say higher wages could force businesses to cut jobs or raise prices.       

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