Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists' predictions of breakout growth in 2014. The global economy is showing signs of slowing — again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.
The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion. It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government functioning until Congress further raises the borrowing limit.
Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Biden and a war on labor to craft beer delivered by drones. Also, eating too much sugar can lead to fatal heart problems, and labor regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labor unions.
The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.
One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers never have been required to simulate a "T-bone" scenario — until now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph.
State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and other officials scheduled a news conference about a proposed measure that would require any mobile devices sold in or shipped to California to have built-in anti-theft devices.
U.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team's official yogurt — depriving them of a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the biggest competition of their lives. Some 5,000 cups of Greek yogurt from Team USA sponsor Chobani isn't getting to Sochi because of a customs dispute with Russia.
The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000. Job gains have averaged only 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three months.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who last year declared that the German automaker would become a "laughingstock" if it opened its doors to the UAW, has announced he won't weigh in until after the three-day vote beginning Wednesday.
Republicans have blocked legislation from advancing in the Senate to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed. It's the second time this year that Democrats have sought to move the bill along, and they say they will try again.
Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects. The Labor Department said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 250 to 334,000.
The food industry and farm groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.
The rules announced Thursday are designed to make sure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before they are distributed. They would also require formula companies to include specific nutrients, including proteins, fats and vitamins.
Productivity grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December period, down slightly from a 3.6 percent growth rate in the third quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Labor costs fell at a 1.6 percent rate in the fourth quarter after an even bigger 2 percent rate of decline in the third quarter.
Analysts said the larger-than-expected trade deficit for December would likely reduce estimates of growth in the October-December quarter. The government had initially estimated fourth-quarter growth at a 3.2 percent annual rate.
Bombardier Inc. is in line to get a $1.6-billion contract to supply trains and a depot for London's transportation system. Under the deal, Bombardier's rail division will supply 65 trains and a maintenance depot for Crossrail.
Vice President says a concerted war on labor threatens to drastically weaken the bargaining power of American unions. Biden spoke to an annual conference of the United Auto Workers. He says the Chamber of Commerce and right-to-work committees are leading parts of the American business to wage a concerted war on collective bargaining.
Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.
Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.
The measure would use the money to eliminate waiting lists for high-demand fields such as manufacturing and computer technology at technical colleges, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs, and support programs that help people with disabilities find work.
Federal trustees who will assess General Electric's liability for harm done to the Hudson River's natural resources accused the company Monday of being misleading in a report that found no need to voluntarily expand dredging.
The National Labor Relations Board proposed rules Wednesday that would allow unions to hold workplace elections more quickly. That could make it easier for unions to organize and help them reverse decades of steep membership declines.
While exports of the fuel to lucrative Asian markets have surged in recent years, the rules for leasing government-owned coal have remained largely unchanged since 1990. That's stirred concerns that companies could be shortchanging taxpayers by buying coal cheaply from the government based on U.S. market prices and then selling it at a premium overseas.
The company said in a regulatory filing that David Bonderman won't seek election at the company's annual meeting. Krebs plans to retire. Both were appointed to the board by the U.S. government in July of 2009, shortly after GM left bankruptcy protection.