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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.

U.S. Lags Behind As Commercial Drones Take Off Globally

March 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FAA bars commercial use of drones no matter how seemingly benign. The lone exception is an oil company that has been granted permission to fly drones over the Arctic Ocean, and it took an act of Congress to win that concession.      

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California Wants 3 Toxic Chemicals Out Of Products

March 17, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances is not banning the substances, but its manufacturers have until roughly the end of 2016 to find safer alternatives.                           

Obama Overtime Plan Already Stirring Controversy

March 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                    

NYC Explosion A Reminder Of Aging, Costly Infrastructure

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Just upgrading the nation's water and wastewater systems is projected to cost between $3 trillion and $5 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.        

Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:36 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser — and now a consultant to the oil industry — said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.     

Senators Strike Bipartisan Jobless Benefits Deal

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bipartisan Senate negotiators said Thursday that they'd struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue, agreeing to a five-month extension paid for by boosting some federal revenues.                   

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Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:17 am | by Audrey Mcavoy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 13, 2014 10:38 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.            

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Budget Deficit Hits $193.5B In February

March 13, 2014 3:13 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government is running a deficit that is 23.6 percent lower than in the same period a year ago through the first five months of this budget year.                  

Live TV Special From Space Set For Friday

March 13, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

One of the many challenges of mounting a TV special like this: Its remote "studio" is 250 miles above the Earth's surface and hurtling through space at 17,500 miles per hour.               

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.                     

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.               

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.       

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