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Survey Shows Companies Added 191K Jobs In March

April 2, 2014 2:09 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.                           

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Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation.    

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German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.                 

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W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

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Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

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EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                         

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Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                                            

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

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GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                      

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Motor Diagnostics And Predictive Maintenance Training Courses

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC announces their accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) to be held May 5-9th in Indianapolis, IN.                                

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U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

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UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

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Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                                 

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Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

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MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline.                               

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Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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