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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

Economists Lower U.S. Growth Forecasts

July 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. business economists have sharply cut their growth forecasts for the April-June quarter and 2014, though they remain optimistic that the economy will rebound from a dismal first quarter.            

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                          

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.              

U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed After Asbestos Accident

July 11, 2014 8:02 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.                   

Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

Wholesalers Slow Restocking As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                          

France Pleads For New EU Economic Strategy

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity measures.            

Unemployment Aid Applications Fall To 304K

July 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.                     

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Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 9, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.             

Obama Signs Intelligence Bill

July 9, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation.   

Is Washington Broken?

July 9, 2014 2:38 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there's a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it's beyond fixing.           

FDA Approves First Drug From Anacor Pharma

July 9, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed after federal regulators approved its first drug, the toenail fungus treatment Kerydin, a few weeks ahead of schedule.               

Miss. Regulators Want Input On Carbon Dioxide Rule

July 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Public Service Commission is seeking input from others, including utilities, in its efforts to fight proposed federal rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from Mississippi's power plants.          

China: It's Up To U.S. To Drive Global Economy

July 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lou pointed out that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate from January to March — largely because of a brutal winter — and said China hopes the U.S. "can take measures to ensure the momentum of growth."           

NASA, Boeing Sign Space Launch System Contract

July 9, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space.                

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

EU Fines Drug Makers $580M

July 9, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of $580 million on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.            

Delphi Exec Called By Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                 

Site Of Grand Canyon Plane Crash Designated Historic

July 9, 2014 7:57 am | by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two commercial airplanes collided over the canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the deadliest aviation disaster of the time. The crash helped spawn major changes to improve air traffic control and radar systems and to create a federal agency to regulate it.

Birthplace Of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 7:46 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment, much like its insolvent big brother an hour's drive south.

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