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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs in March

April 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

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U.S. Auto Sales Likely to be Flat in March, but Outlook Strong

April 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

U.S. auto sales were expected to slow a bit in March, but analysts remain optimistic about the market.

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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections. 

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77

March 31, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal is About to Get Busy

March 31, 2015 12:53 pm | by GE Reports

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously on IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tech industry representatives and business leaders last week encouraged Congress to use caution when attempting to address privacy concerns in the Internet of Things. 

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part of Minnesota Plant, 680 Layoffs Expected

March 31, 2015 10:21 am | by Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press

U.S. Steel plans to idle part of its Minntac plant in Mountain Iron, Minnesota resulting in layoffs for about 680 workers.

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Jury Awards $38.5 Million-Plus in Fatal Shooting at Plant

March 31, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm.

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Philips Sells Stake in LED Components, Automotive Lighting

March 31, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Elon Musk Announces Mystery New Product Line

March 31, 2015 9:33 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Elon Musk took to twitter once again to release a cryptic teaser regarding impending new Telsa products — and this time it isn’t a car. 

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth for Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014. But newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook for U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Volvo Announces Plans to Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a "global car manufacturer."

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Toyota Cuts Price of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper. Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs that it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. 

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Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match the Right Parts With the Right Tools

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. But, Streit's is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by year's end and move to a 21st century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University. 

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