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How Budget Deal Should Help Support U.S. Economy

December 18, 2013 10:03 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The two-year spending plan the Senate is expected to approve Wednesday all but removes the threat of another government shutdown like the one that slowed the economy in October.  Among other things, the agreement will roll back some of the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in this year.

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Novelis Invests Add'l $205M To Meet Global Auto Demand

December 18, 2013 9:56 am | by Novelis Inc.

Novelis announced it will invest an additional $205 million to further expand its global manufacturing operations serving the rapidly growing automotive market. The company will build new finishing lines at its plants in Oswego, N.Y. and Nachterstedt, Germany, dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive sheet.

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HP And Google Recall Charger Due To Burn Risk

December 18, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Google Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are recalling about 145,000 computer chargers because they can overheat and melt, creating a fire and burn hazard.  Consumers should stop using this product and contact Google for a free replacement charger, the commission said.

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HP Raises CEO Whitman's Salary To $1.5M From $1M

December 18, 2013 9:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is getting a huge raise as she enters the third year of her attempt to turn around the slumping personal computer and printer maker.  HP said the bigger paycheck will make Whiteman's salary comparable to what CEOs of similar-sized companies make. 

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EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:32 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA filed a formal notice against Chevron finding 62 violations of federal environmental laws after an investigation spurred by the Aug. 6, 2012, fire.

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Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County.  About 600 contractors and service providers will work in the 900,000-square-foot building. They will be responsible for handling almost 3 million parts a day.

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Congress Report Shows Manufacturing Revitalization, Urges Legislative Support

December 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, today released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, showing it has added over 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded its pre-recession peak for exports, up 38 percent since 2009.

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Gov. Cuomo Announces Fuzehub Initiative For Manufacturers

December 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net

New York Governor Cuomo last weekend announced the FuzeHub, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) with state resources, such as the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, economic development agencies and more.

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Outgoing GM CEO: Taxpayers Gained On Bailout

December 17, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Retiring General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson says the government bailout of his company was a net gain for taxpayers — even though they lost $10.5 billion.                           

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BP Trial Winding Down

December 17, 2013 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix didn't testify. It started two weeks ago. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Consumer Prices Flat As Gas Costs Keep Falling

December 17, 2013 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. consumer prices stayed flat in November, held down by falling gas prices. Inflation remains low across the broader economy, giving the Federal Reserve latitude to continue its extraordinary stimulus program.           

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Survey: U.S. Chemical Industry Poised For Dynamic Expansion

December 17, 2013 1:06 pm | by American Chemistry Council

“American chemistry is back in the game,” said Dr. Kevin Swift, ACC’s chief economist. "After a decade of lost competitiveness, American chemistry is reemerging as a growth industry. We’re seeing growing end-use markets; strengthening employment; surging exports."

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Google Deal Adds To Company's Robotics Toolbox

December 17, 2013 10:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier.                       

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How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water Annually

December 17, 2013 10:03 am | by Toyota Motor Corporation

Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20.  Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. 

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Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so that lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.                           

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Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.  The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

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Hearing On Tuesday In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

A judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."                       

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Toyota Putting Higher Focus On Environmental, Safety Technologies

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

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Menards Recalls Christmas Trees Due To Fire Risk

December 17, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Menards, a chain of home-improvement stores in the Midwest, is recalling 1,800 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees because the lights may overheat, start a fire or cause an electric shock.                  

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Machinists Plan March To Push Contract Vote

December 16, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press

Many workers want a chance to vote on Boeing's latest offer, even though union leaders have said the contract is too similar to one rejected last month, Fritzler said. Federal, state and local political leaders also have called for a vote.   

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