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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From a Third of Restaurants

January 15, 2015 10:27 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.                                   

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Kansas, Mexico

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States.                               

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Manufacturing in New York Rebounded in Jan. as Hiring Rose

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring.                             

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GM Sets Company Record, but is Still Behind VW

January 14, 2015 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. set a company record last year for global sales. But it was outsold by German automaker Volkswagen.                                     

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 3:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

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$39M Lawsuit Stemming from Failed Sweetener Plant Settled

January 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

Attorneys say an investment firm has settled a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking investors out of $39 million in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in Missouri.                   

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Port Officials Accuse Workers of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

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Michigan Supreme Court Hears Major Right-to-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:03 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers.

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Photo of the Day: Guns Manufactured on the Steps of Texas Capitol

January 14, 2015 10:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See the photo of one gun advocacy group's unique form of demonstration in IMPO's Photo of the Day.                                         

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Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 14, 2015 10:03 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Associated Press

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study.                              

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Help Wanted: U.S. Job Openings Climb to 14 Year High

January 14, 2015 9:57 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services. 

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Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Driven Profits by 2020

January 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He predicted that sales milestone will be reached in 2020, when its lower-cost car — the Model 3 — is in full production.

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Feds Project Lower Crude Prices, Increased Production in 2015

January 14, 2015 9:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016.                                   

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Energy Hub Seeks to Improve Production of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

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3 Questions for New U.S. Auto Safety Chief

January 13, 2015 12:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. Here are his answers to three questions on how he plans to handle his new position. 

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DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas for Years

January 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.               

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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition to Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.             

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Local Motors Brings a 3D Printed Car to Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year.                         

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What Do Obama and Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 10:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See what the nation's chief executive President Obama, and some major auto executives have to say about lower gas prices and how they will effect the consumer and the auto industry as a whole.

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EPA Proposes Limits on Chemical Used in Consumer Products

January 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at levels above 0.1 percent by weight. The EPA would then evaluate the use of the chemicals and potentially limit or prohibit the proposed activity.

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