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Killing Keystone XL, Obama Says Pipeline Not In U.S. Interests

November 6, 2015 1:35 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

Announcing his decision at the White House, Obama said he agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry, whose department formally rejected the proposal for a 1,179-mile pipeline crossing the nation's heartland.


Feds: Manufacturing Jobs Stagnant In October

November 6, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although the latest monthly jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department showed strong hiring in October, the growth didn't filter down to the manufacturing sector.


Report: ConAgra's Omaha Layoffs Begin In Earnest

November 6, 2015 12:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The food giant, which counts Healthy Choice, Marie Callender's and Chef Boyardee among its brands, announced plans to move its main office from Omaha to Chicago last month.


Secretive Faraday Future Announces Plans For Electric Car Factory

November 6, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Faraday has quickly amassed a workforce that includes former employees of both Tesla and conventional automakers during its secretive 18-month existence.


Apple, Supplier Reach Settlement On Sapphire Partnership

November 6, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​A company contracted to provide advanced smartphone screens to Apple will sell some of its equipment at auction later this month as part of a settlement with the tech giant.


UAW Deal With GM Likely To Pass As Ohio Workers Vote Yes

November 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

If approved, the four-year contract would cover 52,600 GM factory workers.


Guinness To Remove Fish Bladders From Brewing Process

November 5, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​One of the world's iconic beers is about to tweak its recipe, but it's unlikely that anyone but strict vegetarians will notice much.


Details Released For Controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Deal

November 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers

The United States reached an agreement Oct. 5 on the Trans Pacific Partnership with 11 other Asia-Pacific countries.


Fiat Chrysler's U.S. 3Q Profit Falls 89 Percent On Recall Costs

November 5, 2015 2:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Fiat Chrysler US posted just over $1 billion in one-time pretax charges, including an $848 million adjustment for recalls and $159 million for vehicles damaged in a Chinese port explosion last August.


Report: Manufacturing Mergers Down In Third Quarter

November 5, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​Mergers and acquisitions in the industrial manufacturing sector declined in the third quarter, according to the latest analysis from PwC US.


Report: U.S. Manufacturing Trade Deficit Sets Record

November 5, 2015 2:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The overall U.S. trade deficit declined from $48 billion in August to nearly $41 million in September, but the drop was largely due to sharply lower oil imports.


More States Wade Into Legal Fight On Greenhouse Gases

November 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

A coalition of 18 states filed motions Wednesday seeking to defend the Clean Power Plan, responding to lawsuits filed last month against the Environmental Protection Agency.


State Dept. Rejects TransCanada Request For Keystone Delay

November 5, 2015 10:27 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

TransCanada said it respects the U.S. decision and will continue its efforts to demonstrate that the long-delayed pipeline — a flashpoint in the global debate over climate change — is in the U.S. national interest.


Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs

November 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The plant closings announced this week are expected to take effect over the next 12 to 24 months.


Report: Online B2B Purchases Nearing Tipping Point

November 5, 2015 7:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A survey found that the percentage of B2B buyers who purchased goods online jumped to 68 percent last year from 57 percent in 2013. Nearly half of buyers also expected to increase online purchasing this year.


AB InBev, SABMiller Delay Mega Merger To Keep Talking

November 4, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

The companies say they have "made good progress" since the last extension was announced Oct. 28.


Alcoa To Cut 1,500 Jobs In Wake Of Global Commodity Glut

November 4, 2015 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

There is a worldwide glut in commodities as economies in China and elsewhere slow. Aluminum prices since January have plunged and Alcoa's sales have followed.


VW Opposes Union For Maintenance Workers At Tennessee Plant

November 4, 2015 2:12 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The workers, classified by Volkswagen as "skilled trades" employees, make up about 160 out of 1,400 hourly positions at the Chattanooga assembly plant.


Honda Drops Takata Following Massive Airbag Fine

November 4, 2015 1:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Honda announcement arrived on the same day that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a $70 million fine to Takata over the defect.


New Report Offers Respite From Bleak Manufacturing Indicators

November 4, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Association of Credit Management's latest Credit Managers’ Index report showed improvement in the nation's manufacturing and service sectors last month.



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