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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 42

December 15, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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Manufacturing in New York Contracts in December

December 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing activity in New York state shrank in December for the first time in nearly two years, pulled down by a drop in orders and shipments.                             

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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Families of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

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U.S. Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.                                      

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China's Factory Output Growth Declines

December 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

Growth in China's factory output declined further in November in a new sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.                                   

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Poll Reveals Americans' Stance on Limiting Carbon

December 12, 2014 2:12 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

Six in 10 Americans, including half of all Republicans, said they support regulation of carbon dioxide pollution, although they weren't asked how. Nearly half of Republicans said the U.S. should lead the global fight to curb climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not.

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AAM: Growing Trade Deficit with China Costs U.S. Jobs

December 12, 2014 1:10 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs – the overwhelming majority of them in manufacturing – according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).           

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Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by GE Reports

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, still a staple of holiday TV, was brought to the screen half a century ago by GE executive William Sahloff. He likely didn’t know that, just a couple of years earlier, a GE engineer had invented the red LED in the company’s labs.

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Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Jonathan Cooper, The Associated Press

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome.             

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Cheaper Food and Gas Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.                               

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Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity

December 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.             

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Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

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Alcoa Doubling High-Tech Coating Capacity in MI to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand

December 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Business Wire

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a unit of lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa, is doubling its high-technology coating capacity at its Whitehall, Michigan facility. The $16.7 million investment will position the Company to further capture growing demand for advanced jet engine parts.

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Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

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Chinese Leaders Affirm Commitment to Slower Growth

December 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

Chinese leaders on Thursday affirmed their commitment to a "new normal" of slower economic growth next year and promised to help the poor and promote market-oriented reforms.                     

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Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

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Budget Deal Targets, but Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

Democrats successfully blocked measures to prohibit the government from regulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants for the first time and to throw out rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that expand the number of waterways that can be protected from pollution. Both efforts are likely to come back next year when Republicans are in charge.

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November Budget Deficit Drops to $56.8B

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar.              

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