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Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

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Procter & Gamble To Invest $500M in West Virginia Facility

February 10, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility and expects to create 700 jobs. The more than 1 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.                      

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Investor Seeks $8B GM Stock Buyback, Seat on Board

February 10, 2015 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place by next year.        

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U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

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Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions.                         

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China Finds Huge Natural Gas Field in South China Sea

February 10, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations.      

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Sluggish Ports Cause Problems for Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going.      

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Autopsy Finds Texas Man was Killed by Exploding Air Bag

February 10, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

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SpaceX Calls Off Launch of Space Weather Satellite

February 9, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system.         

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 2:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises to 52

February 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund.                         

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MAPI: Is Cuba Open for Business?

February 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Cuba's Moment, a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, concludes that a strong manufacturing sector is unlikely to develop without aggressive action on a number of fronts, including domestic investment, inward investment, trade, workforce development, and access to capital markets.

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Strong U.S. Job Growth is Powered by an Array of Industries

February 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.                          

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Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Bagel Packages

February 9, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction.                             

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California Formally Opens Large Solar Plant

February 9, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

California is rushing to expand its use of solar power to meet the renewable energy requirements, and one of the nation's largest solar projects will be opened Monday in the Riverside County desert.               

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More Americans are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than when the Great Recession struck in 2007.                

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Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

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Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.The largest recall involves a brake-hose issue that Jaguar Land Rover North America studied and dismissed, only to reopen after an accident.   

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Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

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