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U.S. Worker Output Rises At Best Pace In 4 Years

December 16, 2013 9:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

U.S. workers boosted their productivity from July through September at the fastest pace since the end of 2009, adding to signs of stronger economic growth.The Labor Department said Monday that productivity increased at a 3 percent annual rate in the third quarter.

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Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.  The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

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Ford's 3D Printed Auto Parts Save Millions, Boost Quality

December 16, 2013 9:33 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

The development of the engine cover for the all-new Ford Mustang is the most recent example of the use of this technology.  Ford uses 3D printing to quickly produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and air vents.

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Blast At U.S. Steel Plant Near Detroit Kills Worker

December 16, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                  

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Cars And Trucks Hit Record Gas Mileage In 2012

December 13, 2013 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon (10 liters per 100 kilometers) in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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GE Electrical R&D Center Opens In Southwest Ohio

December 13, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press

GE Aviation and the University of Dayton are marking the grand opening of a $53 million electrical power research and development center in southwest Ohio.  The center will work to develop advanced electrical systems, and can analyze, simulate and test power systems in planes.

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Gas Blast At Chinese Coal Mine Traps 22 Workers

December 13, 2013 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Twelve miners were able to scramble to safety but 22 others remained trapped, the news office of the prefecture in Xinjiang region said on its official microblog.  China News Service reported that rescuers were searching for the trapped miners and that it was unclear whether there were injuries or fatalities among them.

U.S. Wholesale Costs Fall For 3rd Month

December 13, 2013 1:34 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The producer price index, which measures prices before they reach the consumer, declined 0.1 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. This comes after similar decreases in October and September.             

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Boeing, Machinists Disagree On How Talks Collapsed

December 13, 2013 1:30 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press

Boeing and Puget Sound-area machinists can't even agree on how their latest contract talks came to an end. Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the proposal to members.

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Toyota To Enter Settlement Negotiations

December 13, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California.  A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

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Changes In 2014 Electrical Code

December 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mersen

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC use is commonly mandated by state or local law. 

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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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