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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 57

February 23, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

5 Things to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall Investigation

February 23, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

Here are five things you absolutely need to know about the Takata air bag recalls. 

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Lockheed Martin To Pay $62M to Settle 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

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

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out.

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Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Police say a worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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Honda Cuts Production at Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. 

Wisconsin Lawmakers to Vote on Right-to-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. 

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Feds: Speed Not a Factor in Oil Train Crash

February 20, 2015 10:51 am | by John Raby, The Associated Press

Speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in an oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a federal transportation official said.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 20, 2015 10:33 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Manufacturers stand to benefit from lower energy costs, including producers of transportation equipment, chemicals, plastics, paper and metals.

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U.S. To Fine Air Bag Maker Takata $14,000 per Day

February 20, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 20, 2015 10:06 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

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Factory Activity Improves at a Slower Rate in Philadelphia Region

February 19, 2015 1:58 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Manufacturers in the Philadelphia area expanded at a slower rate in February compared with the previous month. New orders have slipped, although shipments and hiring have improved. 

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Study: EPA Labels Don't Reflect Total Savings for Hybrid, Electric Cars

February 19, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's labels for vehicle fuel efficiency do not show a complete picture of the ownership costs for hybrid and electric cars and are likely ineffective in affecting consumer choices, according to a recently released study.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar to Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 19, 2015 1:13 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. 

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Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

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Governor Joins Call for Superfund Listing for Aluminum Plant

February 19, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Gov. Steve Bullock has joined the call to have the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant placed on the federal Superfund National Priorities List, a step toward gaining federal funding to clean up the 120-acre site.

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Owner Behind Beef Recall Pleads Guilty to Processing Cancerous Cattle

February 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

A co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse at the centre of a massive recall has pleaded guilty to processing cattle with cancer for consumption.

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Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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