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China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.               

Feds Propose First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

April 24, 2014 10:23 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval...

Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

April 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted...

Durable Goods Orders Up 2.6 Pct. In March

April 24, 2014 8:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods posted a solid gain for the second...

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Astronauts Tackle Urgent Repair Job

April 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.               

Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 12:05 pm | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                  

Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                     

EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.     

GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Lawyers who are suing GM say it shouldn't get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition switch problem when the court was making bankruptcy decisions.              

GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                     

U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.              

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FDA Plan Would Speed Medical Device Approvals

April 22, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.            

E-Cig Industry Waiting For Federal Regulation

April 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.        

Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 8:41 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.           

No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 7:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.       

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ACA Chips At Core Goal Of Reducing Uninsured

April 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions of affordability, eligibility, immigrant access and the response from employers and state legislatures — obstacles that existed before the Affordable Care Act took effect — mean considerable work remains to make a larger dent in the uninsured population.

We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.               

UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                

Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 8:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.       

Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                         

Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.                           

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.                        

Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

NASA's Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 7:43 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.                  

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