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Cheaper Food and Gas Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.                               

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Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity

December 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.             

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Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

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Alcoa Doubling High-Tech Coating Capacity in MI to Capture Growing Aerospace Demand

December 11, 2014 2:40 pm | by Business Wire

Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a unit of lightweight, high-performance metals leader Alcoa, is doubling its high-technology coating capacity at its Whitehall, Michigan facility. The $16.7 million investment will position the Company to further capture growing demand for advanced jet engine parts.

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Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

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Chinese Leaders Affirm Commitment to Slower Growth

December 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

Chinese leaders on Thursday affirmed their commitment to a "new normal" of slower economic growth next year and promised to help the poor and promote market-oriented reforms.                     

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Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 9.7 Percent in October

December 11, 2014 10:08 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $193.6 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                       

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Budget Deal Targets, but Misses Climate Regulations

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

Democrats successfully blocked measures to prohibit the government from regulating heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power plants for the first time and to throw out rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that expand the number of waterways that can be protected from pollution. Both efforts are likely to come back next year when Republicans are in charge.

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November Budget Deficit Drops to $56.8B

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year is down 21 percent from the same period a year ago, although much of that improvement stems from quirks in the calendar.              

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Obama Works to Promote Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.                         

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers After Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit.                               

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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by Mary Claire Jalonick, The Associated Press

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make such food labels voluntary.

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Exxon Sees Abundant Oil, Gas Far Into Future

December 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

North America, once a sponge that sucked in a significant portion of the world's oil, will instead be supplying the world with oil and other liquid hydrocarbons by the end of this decade, according to ExxonMobil's annual long-term energy forecast.

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IAC Celebrates Opening of Expanded Manufacturing Operation in AL

December 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by PR Newswire

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interior components supplier, celebrated the opening of its newly expanded manufacturing operation in Anniston, Ala.                    

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Hyundai Recalls 43K Cars for Brake Lights

December 10, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate.                                         

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Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield.                                 

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Nissan Agrees to Settle Faulty Brakes Lawsuit

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan has agreed to pay some customers up to $800 each to settle claims that certain vehicles had faulty brakes.                                       

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GM's Opel Takes Complete Control of German Parts Centers

December 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it will take full control of two auto parts distribution centers in Germany that are currently operated by a joint-venture company in which Opel holds a 20 percent stake.             

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