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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Rise In June

July 25, 2013 2:14 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more business spending. The increase suggests companies are more confident in the economy and could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

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Boeing 2Q Profit Tops Expectations Despite 787

July 25, 2013 2:12 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

Boeing's problems with its 787 have made headlines, but they aren't slowing the big plane maker down. The company's second-quarter earnings topped expectations as it ramped up deliveries of commercial planes like its 737 and its 777. It also raised its full-year profit guidance.

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New Impala Tops Sedans In Consumer Reports Tests

July 25, 2013 2:09 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Impala, long the standard-bearer for mediocre cars from Detroit, has made an amazing turnaround. Consumer Reports magazine has ranked the completely reworked 2014 version of the full-size car as its top U.S. sedan. It's the first time in at least 20 years that a domestic brand has beaten out cars from Germany and Japan.

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Spirit AeroSystems Announces 360 Layoffs

July 25, 2013 2:07 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Spirit AeroSystems announced Thursday it is laying off about 360 salaried support and management employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities. The Wichita-based aircraft parts maker said it remains strong with a "robust backlog" of orders worth about $36 billion.

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Xcel Energy Awards Kaeser Energy Efficiency Partner Award

July 25, 2013 9:17 am | by Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

In 2012, Colorado businesses benefited from over $157,000 in rebates from Xcel Energy thanks to Kaeser Compressors, Inc. Kaeser has been named an Energy Efficiency Partner of Xcel Energy. This exclusive award is based on number of annual projects, kW/h savings, and rebates paid to mutual customers. By conducting numerous Air Demand Analysis (ADA) system audits in 2012, Kaeser helped customers save 1.1 million kWh.

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Obama: Washington Took Its Eye Off Economic Ball

July 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has "taken its eye off the ball" as he pledged a stronger second-term commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly five years after the country plunged into a recession.

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Authorities See No Sheen Near Burning Gulf Rig

July 24, 2013 2:30 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Kevin McGill, Associated Press

An out-of-control natural gas well burned Wednesday off Louisiana hours after it ignited following a blowout, though authorities said there was no sign of a slick on the surface of the water. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it saw no sheens near the well during flyovers Wednesday morning.

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Japan Trade Deficit Narrows On June Export Jump

July 24, 2013 2:28 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Japan's trade deficit was a smaller-than-expected 180.8 billion yen ($1.8 billion) in June as the weaker yen boosted exports. The deficit reported by the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday was smaller than most forecasts and down from May's deficit of 996.4 billion yen. Still, it was more than triple the 56.1 trillion yen deficit recorded in June 2012.

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Daimler Q2 Profits Jump On EADS Stake Sale

July 24, 2013 2:26 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

Automaker Daimler AG laid out the hope of a recovery in the West European car market later this year as it reported a big jump in its second-quarter net profit following the sale of its stake in aerospace firm EADS. The Stuttgart-based company said Wednesday that net profit rose to €4.58 billion ($6.04 billion) from €1.56 billion in the same quarter a year before. Sales rose 3 percent to €29.7 billion.

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Ford Hiring 800 More Salaried Workers In U.S.

July 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford Motor Co. says it's hiring 800 more engineers, computer specialists and other salaried workers in the U.S. Ford initially planned to hire 2,200 salaried workers this year, but says it will now hire 3,000 as demand for new vehicles grows. U.S. auto sales were up 8 percent to more than 7.8 million through June. Ford's sales rose 14 percent.

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MAPI Global Outlook: Back From The Brink?

July 24, 2013 11:22 am | by MAPI

U.S. manufacturers can breathe a sigh of relief that the global economy has taken a few steps back from the brink, with the Federal Reserve and other central banks playing key roles, according to a new report. In the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation’s Global Outlook, senior economist Cliff Waldman writes that central banks have been somewhat aggressive in flooding globally important regions with liquidity.

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Gov't Needs $95.51 Per Share To Break Even On GM

July 24, 2013 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors stock would have to sell for $95.51 per share for the U.S. government to break even on bailing out the company, according to a government watchdog's report released Wednesday. That price is about three times what GM shares are selling for now, even after a 25 percent increase in the price so far this year.

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Probe Links Lithium Battery To Dubai UPS Crash

July 24, 2013 10:20 am | by Brian Murphy, Associated Press

A fast-moving fire that began in cargo containing lithium batteries turned the inside of a United Parcel Service plane into a "catastrophic" chain reaction of flames and smoke before a crash three years ago in the desert outside Dubai, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Gas Well In The Gulf Continues To Burn

July 24, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast continued to burn Wednesday after it caught fire following a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers, authorities said. No injuries were reported as a result of Tuesday night's fire, Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, told The Associated Press.

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China's Slowdown Tests Official Resolve For Reform

July 24, 2013 10:16 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A deepening slowdown is challenging Chinese leaders' determination to stick with painful economic reforms they say will deliver more sustainable growth in the long run. The latest gloomy data point: A manufacturing survey released Wednesday showed this month's activity fell to an 11-month low.

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Ford, Toyota End Collaboration On Hybrid Trucks

July 24, 2013 10:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford and Toyota are ending joint research into hybrid systems for trucks and SUVs. The companies said Tuesday that they will each develop the systems independently. Ford and Toyota agreed to the partnership two years ago after the CEOs of both companies met by chance in an airport. Engineers talked frequently and paid visits to each other's labs.

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GA Company Receives 8 Federal Labor Citations

July 24, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Federal labor officials say a Georgia company has been cited for eight safety and health violations. U.S. Department of Labor officials said Tuesday that Quality Industries LLC was cited after a February inspection at its facility in Hartwell. The company manufactures boat seats, electrical equipment coverings and molds for municipal transportation services.

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imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience Event Cancelled

July 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by AMT

The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s Board of Directors announced today the cancellation of imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nov. 18-20. This event, first produced in 2011 by the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and SME, focused on education and product applications.

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47 Rescued From Gulf Rig After Gas Blowout

July 23, 2013 2:34 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

Natural gas flowed uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast on Tuesday after a blowout that forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries or fires were reported. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area about a half-mile by 50 feet. However, it was dissipating quickly.

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NLRB Picks Pledge Fairness, Despite Union History

July 23, 2013 2:31 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

President Barack Obama's newest picks for the National Labor Relations Board sought to assure Senate lawmakers Tuesday that they can be fair and impartial in resolving business-labor disputes, despite backgrounds that include advocating for unions.

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