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Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

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MN Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

November 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released.              

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Can Low Oil Prices Be Good for the Environment?

November 21, 2014 1:37 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved.                        

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Company Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Graco, a children’s products manufacturer based out of Atlanta,Georgia, is issuing a stroller recall after six reports of fingertip amputations.                               

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Country of Origin Label for Meat Cuts Endangered

November 21, 2014 10:32 am | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico.                      

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Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.                     

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Government Tells Chrysler to Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

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Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

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Tribal Head To Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks

November 21, 2014 9:57 am | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press

The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent.     

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Toyota Recalls Nearly 432K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

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EPA Plans New Toxin Guidelines for Drinking Water

November 20, 2014 2:49 pm | by John Seewer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to come out with new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with the type of algae-borne toxin that contaminated the drinking water in Ohio's fourth-largest city, a federal official said. 

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NAM: Manufacturers Call on Congress to End Tax Hike

November 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers hosted a press conference call Nov 19 to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill — the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).                      

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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV for Opel

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Minivans Do Poorly in New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

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Ineos To Invest $1B in UK Shale Gas Exploration

November 20, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Chemicals firm Ineos has announced plans to invest 640 million pounds ($1 billion) in shale gas exploration in Britain.                                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                                   

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 291K

November 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.                                 

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Nominee for Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist with a Ph.D from Yale, to be the U.S. government's top auto safety regulator, pending Senate confirmation.      

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Brady Announces Free 20-Minute Printer Demo

November 19, 2014 2:37 pm | by Brady

Brady, a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, announced the BBP31 printer demo, the first in a series of free, 20-minute demos showcasing its line of reliable and user-friendly printers.       

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GE Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Business Wire

GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML is using sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines. 

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Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools.                    

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