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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen ($109 billion) last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports.                     

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Arson

January 26, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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California Cities Among Top Unemployment Rates; Upper Midwestern Cities Among the Lowest

January 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Percentage of Union Workers Down Slightly in 2014

January 23, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The percentage of workers belonging to unions in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year, according to new federal estimates.                                  

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Local Fracking Ban

January 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A federal judge this week struck down a New Mexico county's fracking ban in one of a growing number of regulatory fights over the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil from deep rock underground.            

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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Landfill Could Be One of Last to Tap Methane for Power

January 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press

When most Californians think about the source of renewable energy flowing into their homes, they picture wind turbines and solar panels — not garbage.                             

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Another Group Pulls Support From PNM's Power Plant

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.                         

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Drop

January 23, 2015 10:19 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.                       

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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U.S. Steel To Lay Off More Than 350 at Indiana Tin Mill

January 22, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.                                   

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Industry Group Issues Record Number of Metalworking Credentials

January 22, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry.                     

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EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads.                                   

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015.                                     

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Photo of the Day: The City Ranked Number 1 in Economic Performance

January 22, 2015 10:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

See a photo of the city that finished first in JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution list of the 300 top performing economies.                                

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EPA Adds Restrictions to Toxic PFOA Chemicals

January 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.                               

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Siemens Receives Order for Wind Project in Kansas

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

Siemens has announced that it will supply 21 wind turbines to NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, for the 48-megawatt, Kansas-based Alexander wind project, located in Rush, Kansas.           

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Past, Future Effects of Oil Argued in BP Penalty Trial

January 22, 2015 9:14 am | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Justice Department attorneys are back in federal court presenting their case for making BP pay billions of dollars in civil penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.                       

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 9:08 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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