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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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Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.                     

Feds: Trucker In Morgan Crash Was Speeding

June 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.                

Smithsonian Creates 3D Portrait Of Obama

June 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital imaging specialists recently created a 3D printed bust and life mask of Obama, which will become part of his presidential depictions in the National Portrait Gallery collection.                

Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 10:27 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

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Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.         

Fewer Americans Apply For Jobless Aid

June 19, 2014 9:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.                    

E-Cigarette Makers Under Fire In Senate

June 19, 2014 8:42 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.      

GM Employee Warned Of Stalling In Impalas In 2005

June 19, 2014 8:26 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In an e-mail to 11 GM colleagues on Aug. 30, 2005, GM employee Laura Andres wrote: "I think this is a serious safety problem ... I'm thinking big recall."                  

Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.         

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Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 8:18 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.          

Japan Logs 23rd Month Of Trade Deficit

June 19, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Japan logged its 23rd successive month of trade deficits in May, as exports and imports both declined despite signs of recovering demand in the U.S. and Europe.                

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 8:02 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 7:54 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists expected a battle over their call for a ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.    

Fed Sharply Cuts U.S. Economic Growth Forecast

June 19, 2014 7:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for U.S. growth this year, reflecting a shrinking economy last quarter caused mostly by harsh weather.                 

Protecting Your Ideas

June 18, 2014 3:21 pm | by Michael Sherban | Blogs | Comments

While the process may seem daunting, it is not, and a company should not be dissuaded from protecting the ideas that it has spent precious time and resources developing.                 

Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off and cause air bags not to deploy in a crash.       

Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 12:29 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

Lockheed Martin Lands $35.7M Army Deal

June 18, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

The Pentagon says most of the work will be done at Lockheed Martin's Electronics Park campus in the Syracuse suburb of Salina. Additional work on the contract will be done at Lockheed Martin plants in Oldsmar, Florida, and Moorestown, New Jersey. 

Sustainable Energy Hub For Asia Launched

June 18, 2014 10:03 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy demand is soaring in the region on the back of economic and population growth, and the ADB said that by 2035 developing countries in the region will account for 56 percent of global energy use, up from 34 percent in 2010.            

Va. Resumes Chicken Exports To China

June 18, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

China blocked Virginia chicken exports in 2007 after a case of pathogenic avian influenza was reported on a single farm in Virginia.                     

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