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Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some in U.S.

June 8, 2015 12:11 pm | by Josh Boak, Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

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Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Michael Blood, Brian Melley, The Associated Press

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

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Union to Terminate Contract with Copper Producer

June 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An Arizona copper producer could be closer to a work stoppage after union members indicated plans to terminate their current contract.

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The Supreme Court to Review Workplace Rights

June 8, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.

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LIFT, NIMS and Ivy Tech Combine Efforts to Address the Industrial Tech. Maintenance Skills Gap

June 8, 2015 10:07 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech) are partnering to enhance and expand training to fill the largest number of open manufacturing jobs in states along the auto corridor.

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EPA: No Widespread Effects on Drinking Water from Fracking

June 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although hydraulic fracturing can affect nearby drinking water sources, a report from the Environmental Protection Agency said that those problems were not "widespread" in the U.S. despite years of increasing fracking activity.

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Safety Agency Admits Flaws, Starts Reforms After GM Case

June 5, 2015 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government's auto safety agency admits that it didn't understand technology and wasn't skeptical enough to root out the General Motors ignition switch problem for more than a decade.

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ADM Acquires Nut Processing Operation

June 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Archer Daniels Midland this week announced the acquisition of nut and seed processing facilities from California Gold Almonds.

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Closing Arguments Set In Ex-BP Executive Rainey's Trial

June 5, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

Testimony is over and closing arguments were set for Friday in the federal trial of a former BP executive charged with lying to investigators about oil spill calculations he made following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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Legislation Would Allow Governors To Intervene In Port Labor Disputes

June 5, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two Republican senators on Friday proposed legislation that would enable governors to intervene in labor disputes at the nation's ports.

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Slow Booze? Not Likely. Making Whiskey At Whip Crack Speed

June 5, 2015 9:48 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press

Everyone knows the secret to great whiskey is long, slow aging in oak barrels tucked away in cellars and warehouses for a decades-long nap.

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Fiat Chrysler Says It Missed Deadlines In 5 Recalls

June 5, 2015 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Fiat Chrysler has admitted that it missed legal deadlines to notify customers in five safety recalls, a pattern that could bring a fine from U.S. safety regulators.

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U.S. To Allow Dutch Egg Imports In Wake Of Bird Flu

June 5, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Netherlands will soon become the only European country allowed to export eggs into the U.S. as an avian influenza outbreak hammers the domestic egg industry.

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Pipeline That Spilled Oil On California Coast Badly Corroded

June 5, 2015 9:35 am | by Michael R. Blood, Brian Melley, Associated Press

The findings indicate that over 80 percent of the metal pipe wall had worn away.

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Report: Job Websites Could Help Resolve Labor Gaps

June 5, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis from the McKinsey Global Institute suggests job websites and other online platforms could add trillions to the global economy while addressing labor shortages in crucial industries.

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Missouri Governor Vetoes Right-to-Work

June 4, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have made the state the 26th with a "right-to-work" law on its books.

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WTO: India Unfairly Blocking U.S. Poultry, Egg Imports

June 4, 2015 2:53 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that India is unfairly blocking imports of U.S. poultry and eggs. 

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PepsiCo Looking To Launch 'Craft' Fountain Sodas

June 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press

PepsiCo is looking to launch a line of "craft" fountain sodas made with sugar in hopes of appealing to people who may shun big soda brands.

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U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Drop

June 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that job cuts remain low as employers are confident enough in the business outlook to hold onto their staffs.

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Obama Has Yet To Sell House Democrats On His Trade Agenda

June 4, 2015 11:11 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press

Obama says U.S. producers must gain better access to world markets.

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