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Boeing To Shift Research Jobs To South, Midwest

December 13, 2013 10:21 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press

The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.

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Abbott Urges Toyota To Keep Making Cars In Australia

December 13, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday urged Toyota Motor Corp. to continue manufacturing cars in the country, a day after General Motors Co. announced it would follow Ford Motor Co. in ceasing production here due to high costs, market fragmentation and fierce competition.

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Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

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American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets

December 13, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

American Airlines, fresh out of bankruptcy and newly merged with US Airways, said Thursday that it will buy 90 new regional jets from Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Inc. and use them to replace smaller, less fuel-efficient planes.

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GM Gets About $343M For PSA Stake

December 13, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. got about $343 million for its 7 percent stake in French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.  The Detroit company on Friday said that it completed the private placement sale of 24.8 million PSA shares for 250 million euros.

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Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs In 2014

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.  Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia

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Quantum Opens West Coast Distribution Center

December 13, 2013 9:08 am | by Quantum Storage Systems

Quantum Storage Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its new west coast distribution center located in Fresno, California.                                  

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Brazil Gov't May Backtrack On Auto Safety Laws

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press

Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.       

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Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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NASA Suspects Bad Valve For Space Station Trouble

December 12, 2013 1:08 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect a bad valve.                 

Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

December 12, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.   

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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge To 368,000

December 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.  The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.        

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Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Elevator Company Cited In 49ers Stadium Death

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by The Associated Press

California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.  Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

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Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer charged with obstruction of justice following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                    

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Forecast: Moderate Growth From A Deep Recession

December 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Manufacturing production is expected to fare better than the overall economy, with anticipated growth of 3.1 percent in 2014 and 4.1 percent in 2015. The 2014 forecast is a slight decrease from the 3.2 percent predicted in the September forecast; the 2015 projection is unchanged.

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FDA Targets Antibiotics In Meat

December 11, 2013 1:39 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.  The agency announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production.

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Survey: 80 Pct. Don't See Supply Chain As Strategy Enabler

December 11, 2013 1:30 pm | by Hitachi Consulting

Spanning nine European countries, Hitachi Consulting’s survey aimed to identify the extent to which supply chain management activities and priorities are aligned with a strategic transformation agenda. The survey found that over half of the respondents do not regard their business’s supply chain as a fundamental source of business value.

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