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UAW Official Says Union Remains Financially Strong

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The man who appears poised to take over leadership of the United Auto Workers later this year says car companies' fears about the union's demise are unfounded. Membership has dropped from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979 to 382,000 at the end of 2012, although it's been rising slightly since 2009.

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Governors Erupt In Partisan Dispute At White House

February 24, 2014 2:28 pm | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press

Governors have broken into a partisan on-camera feud at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. Leaders of the National Governors Association appeared Monday before the media claiming harmony and wide agreement, but immediately broke into a partisan dispute.

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Warren Buffett Offers Lesson In Value Investing

February 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders. Buffett's full letter won't be released until Saturday, but Fortune magazine published an excerpt of it online on Monday.

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Scania Owners Hesitant About VW's $9.2B Bid

February 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Minority shareholders of Swedish truck maker Scania say they are hesitant about Volkswagen's 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) offer to take over the rest of the company. Swedish pension fund AP4 said it will review the offer, but that "it is not obvious that the price now offered is best in the long term."

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Company Recalls 16 Varieties Of Cheese After Death

February 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., are linked to a listeria outbreak. The recalled products are the company's Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita brands.       

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Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.      

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High-Tech Manufacturing Hub Could Create 10,000 Jobs

February 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by University Of Michigan

The $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute set to open this spring in metro Detroit is expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.                      

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Obama Looks To Governors For Help With Economy

February 24, 2014 10:10 am | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press

The president plans to meet Monday with governors of both parties at the White House, following a Sunday dinner in which he told state leaders their cooperation "is vital to make sure we're doing right by the American people."        

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Apple, Samsung Fail To Settle Before March Trial

February 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.            

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UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Raum, Associated Press

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.                      

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Black Hawk Helicopter Maker To Eliminate 600 Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Drillers, business leaders, and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking. And the ramp-up in drilling has drillers buying more pipes and parts for their work.

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Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

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Colorado, Utah Move To Hike Smoking Age To 21

February 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by Kristen Wyatt and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press

Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.        

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USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.                

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Bhutan, Nissan Partner On Electric Cars

February 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil. Under the agreement announced Friday, Nissan will supply its Leaf electric car and set up charging stations in Bhutan.

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Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by SME Education Foundation

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

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Turkey Receives First Of 4 Surveillance Planes

February 21, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Turkey's military has taken delivery of its first Boeing-made surveillance aircraft, part of a $1.5 billion project to modernize its air force.                                

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Detroit Files Plan To Fix Debt, Leave Bankruptcy

February 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Detroit's emergency manager filed a plan Friday to restructure the city's $18 billion debt by making cuts to pensions and creditors while offering a blueprint for emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.        

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Transcripts Show Fed Grappling With 2008 Crisis

February 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers

Federal Reserve officials agonized throughout 2008 over how far they could go to stop a financial catastrophe that threatened to pull the economy into a deep recession, transcripts of the Fed's policy meetings that year show.        

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