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Japan's Top 3 Carmakers Cut Domestic Production in Nov

December 26, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Japan's top three carmakers reported weaker domestic production for November, as the lingering impact of the consumption tax hike in April dented sales and their strategy to build more vehicles overseas led to reduced exports in the month.   

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Natural Gas Down 29 Percent in One Month

December 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even for a fuel notorious for volatile price swings.           

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Honda Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags

December 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Honda is recalling 1,252 Crosstour vehicles due to a faulty side air bag made by troubled air bag supplier Takata.                                       

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Fall to 7-week low

December 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving.                       

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MAPI Analysis on Durable Goods Drop

December 26, 2014 9:30 am | by Daniel J. Meckstroth, Vice President, Chief Economist, MAPI

The Census Bureau reports that new orders for durable goods in November fell 0.7%, following 0.3% growth in October and 0.7% decline in September.                             

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Air Bag Maker Takata Shuffles Top Management

December 26, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis.         

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U.S. Consumer Sentiment At Highest Point In 8 Years

December 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds.                         

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Keurig Issues Recall Due To Reported Injuries

December 23, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Keurig is recalling some 7 million of single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns.                                           

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U.S. Orders For Durable Goods Fall In November

December 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory orders for long-lasting manufactured goods slumped in November, largely due to falling demand in the military and defense sectors.                               

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CCL Label DES Expanding Laurens County Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 12:18 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce

A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County, S.C.                   

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U.S. Economy Grew At Fast Rate In Q3

December 23, 2014 11:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, on the strength of consumer spending and business investment.                   

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Soybean Processor to Build $90M Refinery in IA

December 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will create an estimated 20 jobs, and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives.                        

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GM Pickup Production in MO Boosts Industry in Region

December 22, 2014 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The related jobs are a big turnaround for the region's automotive industry, after closings of the Ford plant in Hazelwood, and Chrysler plants in Fenton, all in recent years.             

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Drone Industry Launches Safety Campaign

December 22, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Some drones on the market are capable of reaching altitudes as high as 18,000 feet — the start of "class A" airspace where most passenger and cargo airlines cruise. Operators oftentimes don't realize the risks.       

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Study Finds Toxic Content in Holiday Decorations

December 22, 2014 3:04 pm | by PR Newswire

The research found high levels of chemical hazards in light strings, holiday garland and other decor products. Products were purchased and tested from Walgreens, Kroger, Lowe's, Walmart, Target and Dollar Tree.       

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Expert Laments Lack of Basic Industrial Cybersecurity Measures

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by International Society of Automation

Expert Steve Mustard suggests many risks are caused by a lack of attention towards cybersecurity, reliance on third-parties, and the use of USB drives.                 

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India Still Plagued by Abandoned Asbestos Mines

December 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer

In Roro Village and other settlements below, people who never worked in the mines are dying of lung disease. Yet in a country that treats asbestos as a savior that provides cheap building materials for the poor, no one knows the true number and few care to ask.

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PA Manufacturer Fined by OSHA After Multiple Finger Amputations

December 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

OSHA said the Scranton-based chimney supply company failed to safeguard machines and had flaws in a system designed to prevent machines from starting up inadvertently during maintenance.           

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Lone Holdout BMW Finally Joins Takata Recall

December 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series vehicles made between January 2004 and August 2006. The company is calling its move a "voluntary improvement campaign" rather than a recall.            

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Alstom SA to Pay $772M in Penalties to Resolve Corruption Case

December 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

"Alstom's corruption scheme was sustained over more than a decade and across several continents," Deputy Attorney James Cole said at a news conference. "It was astonishing in its breadth, its brazenness, and its worldwide consequences."   

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Virginia Companies Find Success in International Exports

December 22, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer

C.F. Sauer is loading its product on barges headed for places like Africa and New Zealand, and its international business is growing with the help of a unique state-run program.            

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