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Devices To Track Truck Driver Hours Proposed

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial trucks and buses that cross state lines would have to be equipped with electronic devices that record how many hours the vehicles are in operation, according to a government proposal.            

IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                     

FDA Defends Hydrocodone Drug Approval

March 13, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The head of the Food and Drug Administration says the much-debated painkiller Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating pain.                     

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GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.          

Business Inventories Rise, But Sales Plunge

March 13, 2014 10:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses continued to restock their shelves and warehouses in January, but sales plunged during the snowstorm-plagued month.                      

Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                       

U.S. Retail Sales Rebound In February

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.                 

Applications For Jobless Aid Fall To 3-Month Low

March 13, 2014 8:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.               

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Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles, but the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.           

Malaysia Says No Engine Data After Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 8:31 am | by Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search.       

New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

San Francisco Mint To Make 1st Curved Coin

March 13, 2014 8:08 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bowl-shaped currency is the result of a 2012 law — the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act — ordering the U.S. Treasury to manufacture the coin to commemorate the Hall of Fame.           

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     

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Fight Over Minn. Driver Record Data Draws Lawmakers

March 12, 2014 2:20 pm | by Brian Bakst, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they're responding to citizen concern about privacy while a coalition of groups ranging from auto insurers to car dealers to data aggregators contend it will raise consumer prices and slow safety recalls.         

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                  

FDA Halts Operations At Delaware Cheese Plant

March 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations at a Delaware cheese plant after an outbreak of listeria linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others.            

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 8:41 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers agreed to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                  

Obama Expected To Push For More Overtime Pay

March 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                  

FDA Approves Headband To Prevent Migraines

March 12, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.                   

New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 11, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve concerns from dealerships, but according to a blog post put up on the Tesla corporate site today, that relationship has fallen apart, and now, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state directly to customers.

U.S. Wholesaler Sales Fall In January

March 11, 2014 2:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses in January suffered their steepest sales drop in nearly five years, yet they continued to increase their stockpiles.                   

Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                        

California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 11:44 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them.                

Employers Posted More Job Openings In January

March 11, 2014 11:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.                     

Severstal Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit that would bring its allowed emissions more in line with what the facility actually sends into the air.          

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