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NC Among Southern States Aiming to Lure Big Car Plants, Jobs

March 9, 2015 3:19 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press

Southern politicians are heating up their recruiting in hopes of landing a big auto manufacturing plant and the potential of thousands of high-paying jobs.

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Alcoa to Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday.

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Obama to Announce Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. 

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Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning. 

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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.

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Chrysler Recalls Minivans, SUVs to Fix Ignition Switches

March 9, 2015 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

About 703,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and minivans will have to go back to the shop to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly.

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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown with Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Daimler To Build South Carolina plant, Creating 1,300 jobs

March 6, 2015 3:31 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in South Carolina, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company announced Friday.

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Natural Gas Prices Prompt Dow Expansion Plans

March 6, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices. 

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost at Sea for 170 Years

March 6, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

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U.S. Adds a Robust 295K jobs; Jobless Rate Falls to 5.5 pct.

March 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

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Nissan Recalls More Altimas for Hood Latch Problem

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Nissan is recalling 640,000 more cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are being driven.

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Southern States Battle for Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Photo of the Day: Another Target of Stricter EPA Regulations

March 6, 2015 9:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The 'Photo of the Day' shows the subject of stricter EPA regulations as a result of health and pollution risks. 

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China Lowers Growth Target, Promises to Open Industries

March 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 5, 2015 1:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the pacific Northwest. 

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Toyota Names First Woman Executive

March 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota announced that Julie Hamp will lead the Japanese automaker's global communications efforts, reportedly making her the first female executive in company history. 

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Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

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