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The Final F-22 Raptor

December 20, 2011 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

Commemorating the production of the final F-22 Raptor, number 4195, with a look a back from the people behind the development of the aircraft. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Japan To Buy U.S. F-35 Fighters For Air Force

December 20, 2011 4:12 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter on Tuesday to replace aging jets in its air force and bolster its defense capability amid regional uncertainty. "Our decision on the next-generation fighters was an extremely important one for our national security, and we wanted to acquire fighters with solid capability," Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa said.

Google, KKR Invest In CA Solar Project

December 20, 2011 4:11 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Tom Murphy, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Online search and advertising giant Google is teaming with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to develop four solar energy farms serving the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California. Google, Inc. said Tuesday on its Green Blog that it will spend $94 million on the projects.


China Probing Blast At Apple Supplier Factory

December 20, 2011 4:09 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion over the weekend that injured dozens of people at the Shanghai factory of a supplier to Apple Inc. The government formed an investigation group and ordered safety checks at the Riteng Computer Accessory Co. factory, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple supplier Pegatron Corp.


RPI Coating To Pay $1.65M In CO Fire Deaths

December 20, 2011 4:07 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A California specialty painting company pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of violating federal workplace safety rules that resulted in the deaths of five workers at a Colorado power plant in 2007. Under terms of its plea agreement, RPI Coating Inc., of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.


Jurors Deadlock In $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft

December 20, 2011 4:05 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Attorneys for a Utah company that brought a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. said it will seek to retry the case with a new jury after a federal jury failed to reach a verdict. Novell Inc. sued the software giant in 2004, claiming Microsoft duped it into developing the once-popular WordPerfect writing program for Windows 95 only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own...

AT&T Drops $39B T-Mobile Bid

December 20, 2011 4:03 am | by Rachel Metz, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that it would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices. The long-expected announcement left AT&T grumbling about a shortage of airwaves to expand its services, while scrappy competitor T-Mobile remains up for sale by German...

Tyson Recalls 40,000 Lbs Of Beef After E Coli Test

December 19, 2011 8:24 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacker recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee,...


CA Company Expected To Plead Guilty In Deaths Of Five Workers

December 19, 2011 8:18 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A California specialty painting company is expected to plead guilty in the 2007 deaths of five workers at a Colorado power plant, in the rare prosecution of a company. RPI Coatings Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., is expected to plead guilty Monday to five misdemeanor counts of workplace safety violations resulting in death.


Steelworkers Support 'Invest In American Jobs Act'

December 19, 2011 8:06 am | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stan Johnson, International Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers (USW), today announced the union's support of newly introduced Senate legislation to revitalize American manufacturing through federal transportation and infrastructure investments.

Suit Against Thalidomide Maker Set For Australia

December 19, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Members of an Australian class action lawsuit who blame a German pharmaceutical company's anti-morning sickness drug, Thalidomide, for causing birth defects won the right on Monday to have their case heard in their own country. German drugmaker Grunenthal had requested that the lawsuit be heard in Germany, because the company and many of its witnesses are based there.

Pompeo: Boeing Tanker Work Going To Washington

December 19, 2011 7:38 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo said Monday that a senior official at the Boeing Co. has informed him the modification work on the Air Force refueling tankers will be done at the company's plant in Washington state rather than in Kansas, a decision that could mean the closure of the Wichita site.


AP: EPA Rules Threaten Older Power Plants

December 19, 2011 6:46 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey. Together, those plants — some of the oldest and dirtiest in the country — produce enough electricity for more than 22 million households, the AP survey found.


St. Paul Ford Plant Sees Final Truck Off The Line

December 19, 2011 3:51 am | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The last Ranger small pickup truck rolled off the line Friday morning, closing out an 86-year history of turning out Fords at the assembly plant along the Mississippi River and putting about 800 people out of work. A crowd of employees took photos and applauded as the last Ranger, a white sport model bound for the Orkin Pest Control fleet, was driven off the production line.


GM To Restart Cruze Production At OH Complex

December 19, 2011 3:42 am | News | Comments

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The northeast Ohio GM plant that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car is scheduled to resume production after what the automaker says was a supplier issue. General Motors Co. halted work on Dec. 12 at the complex in Lordstown, near Youngstown. The Detroit-based automaker said Saturday that the supplier part issue was resolved and its third-shift workers are to report to work at their normal times...


U.S. Gov't Accuses Aircraft Contractor Of Fraud

December 19, 2011 3:39 am | News | Comments

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — A Coos Bay company and its owner accused of defrauding the U.S. government by supplying defective and counterfeit aircraft parts have been indicted on fraud and money laundering charges. A grand jury named Kustom Products Inc. owner Harold Bettencourt, several members of his family and the company itself in an indictment in U.

Shuttered Neb. Ethanol Plant To Resume Production

December 19, 2011 3:33 am | News | Comments

MEAD, Neb. (AP) — A Kansas City, Mo.-based company plans to reopen a shuttered ethanol plant in eastern Nebraska in the next few months. The former E3 Biofuels plant started in June 2007 as one of the first in the nation to use methane gas from cow manure to power ethanol production.


Saab Files For Bankruptcy In Sweden

December 19, 2011 3:24 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy on Monday, giving up a desperate struggle to stay in business after previous owner General Motors Co. blocked takeover attempts by Chinese investors. Saab CEO Victor Muller personally handed in the bankruptcy application to a court in southwestern Sweden, ending his two-year effort to revive the carmaker that over more than six decades has become known for its rounded sedans...

Siemens Hires Gen. McChrystal As Chairman Of New Division

December 19, 2011 3:14 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German industrial giant Siemens AG says it has hired the former top American commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal as chairman of a new division that aims to secure more U.S. government contracts. The company said Monday that McChrystal will be board chairman of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Kia Supplier To Create Jobs In GA

December 16, 2011 6:40 am | News | Comments

LaGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — A South Korea-based parts supplier will set up a manufacturing facility in LaGrange that will create 100 new jobs over three years. Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday said Daewon America will invest $14 million to expand an existing facility in LaGrange that would supply the nearby Kia auto plant.



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