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New report calls U.S. a 'rising star' of global manufacturing

The base of several wind turbine blades are seen outside TPI Composites in NewtonCall it the comeback kid. A new ranking of the competitiveness of the world's top 25 exporting countries says the United States is once again a "rising star" of global manufacturing thanks to falling domestic natural gas prices, rising worker productivity and a lack of upward wage pressure. The report, released on Friday by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG,) found that while China remains the world's No. 1 country in terms of manufacturing competitiveness, its position is "under pressure" as a result of rising labor and transportation costs and lagging productivity growth. The United States, meanwhile, which has lost nearly 7.5 million industrial jobs since employment in the sector peaked in 1979 as manufacturers shipped production to low-cost countries, is now No. 2 in terms of overall competitiveness, BCG said.



Jamaican police increasingly facing murder charges

In this photo taken April 17, 2014, in the central Jamaican city of May Pen, Sevina Giderisingh holds a picture of her dead son, Alphanso. The 20-year-old was shot dead by a policeman in a confrontation on the dusty outskirts of this struggling city a few days after graduating from high school. Jamaica’s security forces have long been accused of indiscriminate shootings and unlawful killings. But 27 police officers, including eight in May Pen, now face charges of murder brought by an investigative commission probing abuse allegations against Jamaica’s security forces. (AP Photo/David McFadden)MAY PEN, Jamaica (AP) — It's been nearly a year since Sevina Giderisingh's 20-year-old son died in a confrontation with a police officer on the dusty outskirts of this struggling Jamaican city where jobs are scarce and crime is frequent.



APNewsBreak: Ecuador expels US military group

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2006, file photo, a US military plane lands at the US base airport in Manta, Ecuador. Shortly after first taking officein 2007, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa purged Ecuador's military of officers deemed to have close relations with U.S. counterparts. He also ended an agreement with Washington that allowed U.S. drug interdiction flights to be based at the Ecuadorean airfield in Manta. Ecuador has ordered, on April 2014, that all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy’s military group to leave the country by month’s end, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has ordered all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy's military group to leave the country by month's end, The Associated Press has learned.



Bruins beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT, up 3-1 in series

Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla, center, is mobbed by teammates as they celebrate their 3-2 overtime win in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Iginla was credited with the winning goal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Bruins took a couple punches, then hit back hard and put the Detroit Red Wings on the brink of elimination.



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Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.


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