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More Than 1,000 Workers To Join Electrolux Lawsuit

March 13, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Former employees of a now-shuttered washer and dryer plant are expected to join a class-action lawsuit seeking back pay for time spent putting on protective equipment before shifts.


Apple Says iPad Trademark Demands Unfair

March 13, 2012 10:13 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

In its latest statement on a simmering dispute over the iPad brand name, Apple said that Proview's insistence that it still owns the mainland China iPad trademarks is misleading and unfair.


Carmakers: Target Distracting Handheld Devices

March 13, 2012 10:11 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Drivers will switch from using distracting devices built into car dashboards to using even more distracting handheld devices unless the government addresses both issues, automakers warned.


WTO Rules Boeing Got $5B In Illegal Subsidies

March 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

The World Trade Organization ruled that U.S. planemaker Boeing received more than $5B in illegal government subsidies, much less than what European arch-rival Airbus received.


Prisons Won't Take KY Company's Military Contract

March 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Roger Alford, Associated Press

Workers at a Campbellsville factory that makes T-shirts for U.S. soldiers won't have to fear losing their jobs to prisoners.


Brazil Wants Mexico To Limit Car Exports

March 12, 2012 2:13 pm | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press

The Brazilian government officially asked Mexico to set a $1.4B annual limit on the auto exports it ships to Brazil, an official with direct knowledge of trade talks between the nations said.


Visteon Sells Automotive Lighting Unit For $92M

March 12, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Visteon said the sale will allow it to concentrate on making climate-control and electronics products for vehicle manufacturers and on its joint ventures.


SC Plant To Use Manufacturing Debris For Power

March 12, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

The Savannah River Site is celebrating a new power plant that will provide half the power the site needs by burning debris that would have been thrown away.


India Car Sales Highest Ever, Industrial Output Up

March 12, 2012 2:07 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

India's president, Pratibha Patil, sought to reassure Parliament that the economy will regain its high growth trajectory.


Apple's Market Clout Likely To Draw More Scrutiny

March 12, 2012 10:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

As the world's most valuable company sets out to define and dominate the rapidly evolving markets it created with the iPhone and iPad, Apple is likely to face antitrust regulators who want to curb its power.


Economic Spying Case Over China, Chemical Grows

March 12, 2012 10:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

U.S. prosecutors say Chinese Communist leaders decreed that obtaining DuPont's manufacturing method of "titanium white" was a national economic and scientific imperative.


Feds Investigate Ford Tauruses For Stuck Throttles

March 12, 2012 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cruise control cable may become detached and hold the throttle open.


Volkswagen Targeting Revenue Rise In 2012

March 12, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest carmaker by sales, said Monday it was targeting a further increase in deliveries and revenues in 2012 despite difficult trading conditions in some European countries.


CAT Taking Applications For New GA Plant

March 12, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar says it plans to begin production in late 2013 and is looking to hire workers.


7 Reasons The Job Gains Could Last This Time

March 12, 2012 10:03 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

For reasons ranging from progress on Europe's debt crisis to a slowly improving housing market to slightly less gridlock in Congress, the economy and the job market appear better able to withstand setbacks than they were in 2011.


China Auto Sales Weakened In 2012

March 9, 2012 2:40 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

China's vehicle sales weakened further in the first two months of this year as the economy slowed and higher fuel prices deterred some buyers.


Ford Bringing Luxury To Super Duty Trucks

March 9, 2012 2:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Super Duty Platinum will have standard navigation, a rear-view camera and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel when it goes on sale later this year.


Court Blocks Parts Of AL Immigration Law

March 9, 2012 2:36 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two more sections of Alabama's new law targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of lawsuits seeking to strike the law down entirely.


Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

March 9, 2012 2:35 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Praising manufacturing jobs, President Barack Obama was outlining ways of pairing factory output with university research in a bid to bring jobs back to the U.S. and help companies innovate.


2 Plead Not Guilty In DuPont Trade Secret Theft

March 9, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Two suspects have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they stole DuPont Co.'s technology and sold it to a company controlled by the Chinese government.


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