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3 Executives Charged in WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.                                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                           

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Nissan, NASA To Work Together on Self-Driving Technology

January 9, 2015 11:24 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.                                       

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Activist Investor Intensifies Fight Over DuPont's Future

January 9, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

A fight for control of DuPont Co. is intensifying after the hedge fund led by activist investor Nelson Peltz announced plans to nominate its own slate of four directors to the industry titan's board.               

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BMW Leads German Luxury Carmakers to Record Sales

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

Germany's luxury carmakers had a record year in 2014 thanks to expanding sales in the United States and China.                                        

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Obama-GOP Alliance on Trade Raises Hopes for Bipartisan Agreements

January 9, 2015 9:44 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press

Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.           

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Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, IMPO

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

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Honda Fined $70M for Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

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California On Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said.   

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Barra: First Year as GM CEO Marked by Disappointment, Progress

January 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Mary Barra says her first year as CEO of General Motors contained both disappointment and progress, as the company recalled a record number of cars and trucks but also improved its handling of safety problems.            

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2 Tennessee Towns Losing Nearly 2,000 Manufacturing Jobs

January 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.                           

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Photo of the Day: SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket

January 8, 2015 10:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

This Saturday SpaceX will try once again try to launch the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule, carrying a load of groceries and other supplies, to be delivered to the International Space Station.

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Toyota President Reveals Plans to Build New Overseas Plant

January 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking to build a new plant abroad, company President Akio Toyoda indicated, as the world's biggest carmaker nears an end to its self-imposed three-year ban on such projects.               

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Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.                             

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Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way to Go'

January 8, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles to Fix Brake Line Rust

January 8, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.                             

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GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook for 2015

January 7, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

This week, GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the prices.                         

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EPA Delays Final Rule on Emissions from New Power Plants

January 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The final ruling on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants, which was supposed to be due on January 8th has been delayed, leaving many frustrated.                         

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