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China Trade Growth Decelerates

November 10, 2014 4:28 pm | by The Associated Press

China's trade growth decelerated in October but still was relatively robust as Chinese leaders try to reverse a deepening economic slowdown.                               

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Lawsuit Blames Bad Meatloaf for Deaths of WV Lawmaker, Husband

November 10, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

A lawsuit is blaming a restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.                                     

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White House Wants Greater Regulation of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 3:15 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by the industry.

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NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc.                     

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Schumer Calls for Review of Car Safety Screening

November 10, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 5.2 Percent

November 10, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory for Apple

November 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense.                                     

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Two Companies to Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs in Michigan

November 10, 2014 11:40 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic fund approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in investments and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan.     

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Detroit Begins the Road to Recovery

November 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press

A federal judge approved outgoing emergency manager Kevyn Orr's long-term fiscal recovery plan, which calls for $1.7 billion to remove blight, train city workers, hire more first responders and shore up services to improve the lives of Detroit residents. 

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U.S. Economy Fueling Strong Hiring, Pay Gains

November 10, 2014 11:18 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades. But, the U.S. job market is hardly without its own weaknesses. Americans' average hourly pay rose only slightly last month, a negative note in an otherwise solid report. 

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LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit for Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:07 am | by LNS Research

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

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Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 10, 2014 9:45 am | by The Coca-Cola Company

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.               

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Labor Department Suing for Steelworker Pension Funds

November 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan.          

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Hits Record High

November 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve says overall borrowing rose $15.9 billion following a $14 billion gain in August and a $22.8 billion July increase. The gains have pushed total consumer debt to a record level of $3.27 trillion.           

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Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low U.S. Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. After Tuesday's midterm elections, exit polling showed how little falling unemployment has resonated. Most voters said they cast their ballots out of fear for the economy.  

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GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

Emails from a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled.               

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

General Mills cuts its sales and profit outlook for the year on Friday, citing persistent sales weakness in the U.S. food industry.                                  

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Boeing Discusses Sale of KS Site

November 7, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing officials say they are discussing the sale of the company's land in south Wichita, Kansas.                                           

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German Production, Exports Increase in September

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press

Germany's exports rose sharply in September and factory production was also up, but experts say it may not be enough to stave off a recession.                               

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AAM Responds to Reports of Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. AAM President Scott Paul responds to this increase saying, “the good news is that manufacturing jobs have grown over the past few months. The bad news is that they haven’t grown fast enough." 

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