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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 87

April 20, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 87 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

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5 Years After BP Spill: What's Changed in Offshore Drilling

April 20, 2015 10:21 am | by Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press

Here's a look at what else has changed and what hasn't in the world of offshore drilling in the five years since BP's April 20, 2010, Macondo catastrophe. 

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers a tremendous opportunity to bring jobs to Berkeley County. 

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Recent reports suggest that the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015. 

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Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.  

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.   

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Emirates To Buy $9.2 Billion Worth of Rolls Royce Engines

April 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials. 

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Jaguar Takes On Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Jaguar is breaking into an arena that could greatly affect the industrial sector — virtual reality. 

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 12:48 pm | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. 

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