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Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kennesaw State University

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report.                      

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Boeing: U.S. OKs Sale Of Plane Parts To Iran

April 7, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. said Friday that it received U.S. government approval to export certain spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran.                                    

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How Much Has The Flight 370 Search Cost?

April 7, 2014 9:41 am | by Leon Drouin-Keith, Associated Press

It's not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?                          

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.       

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U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.                       

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.                         

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption, and a flimsy infrastructure.       

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Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

April 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                                   

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Nissan Supplier Creates Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jenny Waddington, Coventry Evening Telegraph

German car company Brose, which has UK headquarters, has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.                           

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GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                            

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The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 12:16 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press

Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.               

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.                      

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                     

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

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MH370: What Do We Know?

April 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press

Not a single piece of wreckage from the lost plane has been found, not even after a new analysis led investigators to change the focus of their search yet again.                         

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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