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Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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Inside Hammond's Candy-Cane Factory

December 12, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch how Hammond's Candies has been handmaking candy canes for the last 93 years.                                                

NASA Suspects Bad Valve For Space Station Trouble

December 12, 2013 1:08 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect a bad valve.                 

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Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

December 12, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.   

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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge To 368,000

December 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.  The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.        

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Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Elevator Company Cited In 49ers Stadium Death

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.  Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

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Is Washington Holding Job Growth Back?

December 12, 2013 9:37 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says extending unemployment insurance, passing a budget, immigration reform and infrastructure investments will 'build on this progress' in the job market.                 

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A Factory From The Future

December 12, 2013 9:26 am | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis - where the world's first 3D printed car was born.                               

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Plant Tour: GE Appliances

December 12, 2013 9:17 am | by GE Appliances | Videos | Comments

Experience a virtual tour of GE dishwasher manufacturing in Louisville, KY where over 1,000 people are employed in wire rack fabrication, injection molding, stamping, and assembly facilities.                 

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Can Apple Get Back To $700?

December 12, 2013 9:05 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple is in the green for 2013 and shares are nearing $600 thanks to a reported China Mobile deal.  But to get above its all-time high, Apple must innovate.                          

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Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer charged with obstruction of justice following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                    

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Forecast: Moderate Growth From A Deep Recession

December 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation | News | Comments

Manufacturing production is expected to fare better than the overall economy, with anticipated growth of 3.1 percent in 2014 and 4.1 percent in 2015. The 2014 forecast is a slight decrease from the 3.2 percent predicted in the September forecast; the 2015 projection is unchanged.

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FDA Targets Antibiotics In Meat

December 11, 2013 1:39 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.  The agency announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production.

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Survey: 80 Pct. Don't See Supply Chain As Strategy Enabler

December 11, 2013 1:30 pm | by Hitachi Consulting | News | Comments

Spanning nine European countries, Hitachi Consulting’s survey aimed to identify the extent to which supply chain management activities and priorities are aligned with a strategic transformation agenda. The survey found that over half of the respondents do not regard their business’s supply chain as a fundamental source of business value.

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Deal Will Keep Ohio Tank Plant Running

December 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.  The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week.

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Budvar Claims Win Over AB InBev In Portugal

December 11, 2013 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country.                   

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90 Seconds With GM's Next CEO

December 11, 2013 12:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Mary Barra, speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference, discusses why she went into the auto industry and her 'no more crappy cars' mandate to employees after GM's bankruptcy.                  

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