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Unapproved Device Buys Time For New Lungs

July 2, 2014 7:50 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sacker's struggle highlights a critical void: There is no fully functioning artificial lung to buy time for someone awaiting a transplant, like patients who need a new heart can stay alive with an implanted heart pump or those with failing kidneys can turn to dialysis.

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 7:45 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                          

Chinese Manufacturing Grows For 1st Time In 6 Months

July 2, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Weakness in manufacturing has posed a challenge to Chinese leaders' efforts to nurture growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.                

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Graco Gives In And Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, agreeing to government demands in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                 

Cuban Car Buyers Have Sticker Shock

July 1, 2014 2:11 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana would cost $53,000 in the United Kingdom, while a compact Kia Rio hatchback that starts at $13,600 in the United States was on offer for $42,000 in Cuba.             

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 10:43 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                   

Obama Lauds Former P&G CEO As Right Choice To Fix VA

July 1, 2014 9:28 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama sought to turn the page on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.              

EU Court Upholds Green Energy Subsidies

July 1, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union's top court is confirming countries have the right to limit subsidies for renewable energy to plants based on their territory, as opposed to companies' operations abroad.                

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Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles To Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.         

Mass. Lawmakers Pass Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Bill

July 1, 2014 7:58 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak that authorities blamed on a tainted steroid produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The outbreak resulted in 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.    

Drones Face Significant Hurdles In U.S.

July 1, 2014 7:49 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal effort to provide civilian drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and won't meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, a government watchdog said.              

Can E-Cigarettes Save Smokers Money?

June 30, 2014 2:11 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

It's difficult to say yet if electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular fire-and-tobacco smokes, but they can save smokers hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year.                 

Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.            

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The attorney overseeing GM's compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars.   

Navy Blames Human Error, Malfunction For Drone Crash

June 30, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

The Navy says human error and a malfunctioning problem are to blame for a November drone accident off the coast of Southern California that injured two sailors and caused $30 million in damage to a warship.         

NASA To Launch Global Warming Satellite

June 30, 2014 8:22 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2 for short, will be able to take an ultra-detailed look at most of the Earth's surface to identify places responsible for producing or absorbing the greenhouse gas.             

Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 27, 2014 3:30 pm | News | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks.                

Governor Signs Massachusetts Minimum Wage Hike

June 27, 2014 3:00 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law on Thursday that would raise the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to a U.S.-leading $11 per hour by 2017.                 

Five Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 27, 2014 1:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the current workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

New Center In Tennessee To Help In Case Of Nuclear Disaster

June 27, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Officials in the U.S. nuclear energy industry are holding a ribbon-cutting for a facility that will hold emergency equipment that could be delivered to nuclear plants struck by a disaster or other extreme event.       

More Countries Adding Graphic Warnings To Cigarettes

June 27, 2014 11:10 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research suggests these images have prompted people to quit, but the World Health Organization estimates nearly 6 million people continue to die globally each year from smoking-related causes.          

U.S. Wants To Resume Cyber Talks With China

June 27, 2014 10:24 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Next month, the U.S. will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, officials said.    

California Lawmaker Heads To Texas To Poach Jobs

June 27, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

California and Texas are among a handful of states competing for Tesla Motors' planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.           

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