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Jeep Recalls 228K Cherokees for Air Bag Problem

February 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Jeep is recalling more than 228,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a software problem that can cause side air bags to inflate for no reason.                                  

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Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 3:12 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 2, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A poll conducted by business mobility firm Catavolt found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year.                                

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Strikes Begin at Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday.                       

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U.S. Factories Grew Last Month at Slowest Pace in a Year

February 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.           

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Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 2, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year.                           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 51

February 2, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press

At least 51 families will get payments from General Motors due to fatal crashes caused by faulty small-car ignition switches, and that number is almost certain to rise.                       

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Steel Industry Missing Out on Boom Cycle as Cuts Mount

February 2, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future.

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Fire at Plastics Factory Kills at Least 13

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.           

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More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled a 2nd Time for Faulty Air Bags

February 2, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.                       

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Lost Steam in January

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

Two reports show that Chinese manufacturing was anemic in January, adding to pressure on the government to roll out measures to boost the world's No. 2 economy.                         

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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

February 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade.  

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U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

From the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40% over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world.       

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Bias Complaints to Daimler Portland Plant Settled for $2.4M

January 30, 2015 10:49 am | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million.                               

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.                     

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Compensation Rises at Fastest Pace Since Recession

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

U.S. workers saw their pay and benefits rise at the fastest rate since 2008 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.                                   

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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 30, 2015 10:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

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Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Juan Lozano, The Associated Press

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.                         

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BP To Sell Part of its Gulf of Mexico Stake to Chevron

January 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press

BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together.                

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Fed Sees Strengthening Economy, Stays 'Patient' on Rates

January 29, 2015 2:47 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows.                             

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