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Unemployment Rates Rise In July

August 19, 2013 2:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum. The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January.

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GM Recalls Cruzes For Brake Problem

August 19, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in the U.S. because the power-assisted brakes can fail. The recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years that are equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions, the company said Friday.

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KY Plant Closure Disrupts Workers' Lives

August 19, 2013 2:41 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Jim Rodgers assumed his job as an electrician at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant would take him all the way to retirement. After all, for six decades the government-owned uranium-enrichment plant was synonymous with job security and some of the region's best wages. 

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French Government Predicts A Rosy Future

August 19, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

Full employment, plenty of cheap housing, a new Industrial Revolution and Police 3.0. Those are the French government's predictions for the year 2025. Leaders in the Socialist administration, who are under criticism for the struggling economy and rising joblessness, met Monday to discuss the way forward.

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BlackBerry Chief Exec Could Get Almost $55.6M

August 19, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins could receive almost $55.6 million if the company is sold and he is ousted from the top job. Heins would receive $48 million in equity awards, based on the company's share price at the end of its latest fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing earlier this year. He would also get $7.5 million in compensation for his salary and bonus under the change of control provisions in his contract.

Boeing Blames 787 Extinguisher Defect On Supplier

August 19, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. said Friday that a defect in engine fire extinguishers for its new 787 jets occurred during manufacturing of the bottles at a supplier's facility and the issue was being fixed. Boeing has told airlines to inspect the extinguishers and given them directions for fixing improperly configured fire-suppression systems.

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Companies Halt Operations Amid Violence In Egypt

August 19, 2013 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer

A number of international companies have suspended operations in Egypt as three days of violent street battles make the streets of Cairo unsafe. General Motors Co., Electrolux AB, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Heineken N.V., Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., BASF SE and others shut down facilities and told thousands of workers to stay at home during unrest that has left more 700 people dead as of late Friday.

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Trade Rep Urges Japan Progress On Auto Access

August 19, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday urged Japan to open its market to American cars and insurance companies, which would pave the way for a broader regional free trade agreement. Froman told reporters that the ongoing talks with Japan dealing with such historical sticking points are tied to the success of the larger and parallel Pacific free trade negotiations.

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LA Lawmakers Support Deal For Fuel Plant

August 19, 2013 10:24 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

Louisiana lawmakers reversed course and backed a contract with South African energy company Sasol to build a multibillion-dollar fuel plant in exchange for $257 million in state incentives over a decade. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the contract a week after delaying a vote on the project because committee members said they had too little information about the potential costs to the state budget.

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Japan Steelmaker To Pay Wartime Compensation

August 19, 2013 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. will comply if South Korea's Supreme Court upholds a ruling ordering the Japanese firm to pay 400 million won, or around 35 million yen, to four former South Korean workers as reparation for wartime forced labor, company sources said Sunday.

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Judge Won't Fast-Track Icahn Claim Against Dell

August 19, 2013 10:19 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A state judge on Friday dealt a blow to activist investor Carl Icahn's effort to stop CEO and founder Michael Dell's $24.8 billion buyout offer for the struggling computer maker. He refused to fast-track proceedings on Icahn's claims that Dell Inc. directors have betrayed their duties to shareholders in trying to win support for Michael Dell's bid.

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Ford To Restate Hybrid Gas Mileage

August 15, 2013 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Ford will reduce gas mileage estimates for its C-Max hybrid, following a government investigation into consumer complaints that the car's actual mileage was lower, a person familiar with the matter said. Ford will drop the combined city-highway mileage listed on the window sticker from 47 mpg to 43 mpg (20 kpl to 18.3 kpl), according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the change has not been formally announced.

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Fewest Americans Since 2007 Seek Jobless Benefits

August 15, 2013 3:05 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 — a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell 4,000 to 332,000, the fewest since November 2007 and the fifth straight decline.

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Court Reinstates Job Retaliation Lawsuit

August 15, 2013 3:02 pm | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by a Kentucky man who claims he was passed over for a job overseeing waste disposal from a nuclear plant because he is a whistleblower. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered a federal judge to determine whether executives with EnergySolutions Inc. learned of Gary Vander Boegh's whistleblowing before bypassing him for the landfill manager's job.

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Lenovo Mobile Sales Drive Profit Growth

August 15, 2013 3:00 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. Sales of wireless devices rose 105 percent in the three months ended June 30, driving a 23 percent rise in profit to $174 million, Lenovo announced Thursday. Total revenue rose 10 percent to $8.8 billion.

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Berkshire Buys Up GM Stock, Cuts Kraft

August 15, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has sharply boosted its stake in General Motors, while again cutting its stakes in packaged food companies Kraft and Mondelez. As of June 30, Berkshire had 40 million shares of the auto maker, according to a filing on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's up 60 percent from the stake reported as of March 31.

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Cleveland State Trains Manufacturing Job Seekers

August 15, 2013 2:18 pm | by Scientific Management Techniques

Cleveland State Community College has partnered with Cormetec Corporation to help recruit, assess, and train job seekers for open positions in advanced manufacturing operator positions. CSCC recently graduated their first class from their new OneSource Workforce Readiness Manufacturing Skills Training program. 

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U.S. Manufacturing Output Slipped In July

August 15, 2013 1:58 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Output at U.S. factories declined slightly in July, reflecting a drop in auto production. The decline was expected to be temporary given the banner sales year automakers are having. Manufacturing output edged down 0.1 percent in July compared with June, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday. It was the first drop since declines in March and April.

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A Quadcopter Drone For The Masses?

August 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are revolutionizing warfare. Now, some of that technology is coming home from the war, to amuse us and give us an aerial perspective on our surroundings. It's easy to see these agile, relatively stable aircraft being put to a number of uses, from aerial photography to package delivery — at least once the dangers can be managed and the legal issues worked through.

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IAG To Buy 62 Airbus Planes

August 15, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

International Airlines Group has ordered 62 Airbus aircraft in the A320 family, with a list price of $5.4 billion, to replace aging planes and expand the fleet of its Vueling discount carrier. IAG, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, says it negotiated a "substantial discount" on the list price without providing further details.

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