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Only 11 Percent Of Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs

March 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A new study documents the bleak plight of Americans who have been unemployed for more than six months: Just 11 percent of them, on average, will ever regain steady full-time work.            

Czech Agriculture Minister Says Budvar Is Not For Sale

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurecka says Budvar has remained profitable despite the recent economic downturn, adding the trademark dispute with Anheuser-Busch was another reason to keep it in the state hands.             

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise Slightly

March 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market.             

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Hawaii AG Sues Makers Of Plavix

March 20, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Hawaii's attorney general is suing the makers of a widely prescribed blood thinner that he says a significant portion of the state's population has difficulty metabolizing.               

Gov't Investigating Saturn Ion Steering Issue

March 20, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The government is investigating whether General Motors should recall the Saturn Ion compact car for the same steering defect that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt.                

Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 8:12 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors would be allowed to sell cars in Arizona without establishing a dealer network under a bill approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday.              

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 7:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.                

U.S. Current Account Deficit Falls To 14-Year Low

March 19, 2014 3:55 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the imbalance fell to $81.1 billion in the fourth quarter, down from $96.4 billion in the July-September quarter. That's the smallest gap since the third quarter of 1999.           

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Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 19, 2014 3:26 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                 

Obama Using Data To Fight Global Warming

March 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.                      

FAA: Boeing's 787 Safe Despite Problems

March 19, 2014 12:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal aviation officials say Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane's many problems since its rollout.                

Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                 

Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                     

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EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

U.S., Toyota Reach $1B Settlement

March 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Eric Tucker and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota and filed a criminal charge alleging the automaker defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues.             

Calif. Slaughterhouse Recalls Another Product

March 18, 2014 2:59 pm | News | Comments

The Monterey County Health Department said in a statement on Monday that it was recalling Krave Jerky's garlic chili pepper beef jerky processed at Rancho Feeding Corporation in Petaluma, Calif.           

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.              

Federal Grand Jury To Investigate Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

The session at the federal courthouse in Raleigh comes as environmental groups amp up pressure on regulators and lawmakers to force Duke to clean up the leaky, unlined ash pits polluting North Carolina's waterways.        

N.J. Mulls Ban On Fracking Waste

March 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state Senate committee advanced a bill on Monday that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of any wastewater, solids, sludge or other byproducts resulting from hydraulic fracturing.        

U.S. Consumer Prices Tick Up 0.1 Percent

March 18, 2014 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame.                   

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

India To Appeal Decision In Scrapped Helicopter Case

March 18, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

India canceled the contract with Italian-owned Finmeccanica's helicopter arm AgustaWestland in January amid allegations that the company paid bribes to win the $750 million deal for 12 luxury helicopters to ferry VIPs.             

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 U.S. States In January

March 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent. That's far below the national rate of 6.6 percent that month.            

Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

If it isn't fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof, it isn't Tennessee whiskey. Now state lawmakers are considering dialing back some of those requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey.

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