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Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime healthcare benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter.               

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Proponents'

January 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.                           

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Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up To Ensure Drone Safety

January 27, 2015 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

The United States has fallen behind technological advancements that have made small drones readily available and must update its laws to ensure safety, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, in his first public comments about a drone that crashed on the White House grounds.

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Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Fell In December

January 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.                                 

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China Says 'Harmful Info' Must Be Managed After VPNs Blocked

January 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said Tuesday that "harmful information" must be managed.                     

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Yogurt Owner Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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The Highest And Lowest Unemployment Rates Across The U.S.

January 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Post Holdings To Buy Malt-O-Meal Cereal Maker

January 26, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.                     

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn To Form Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.                       

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Mattel CEO Resigns, Toy Maker Results Miss Expectations

January 26, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Toy maker Mattel says Bryan Stockton has resigned after about three years of leading the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.                               

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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EPA, Automakers Agree To Curb Use Of Copper In Brake Pads

January 23, 2015 11:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads.                                   

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers To Upgrade To 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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Got Battery? Lots Of Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?                     

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Emergency Brake Features Added To Safety Device List

January 23, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers.                           

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China Blocks VPN Services That Skirt Online Censorship

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.             

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Apple's Cook Gets Hefty Bonus

January 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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Where Does Your City Stack Up In Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter

A report presented to a national mayors' group has projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. But how many jobs can each city expect?                         

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Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 22, 2015 9:52 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry.                     

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