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Judge: Helicopter Maker Doesn't Owe Damages

December 13, 2011 4:19 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal magistrate has refused to order Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to pay damages to another company for allegedly hiding an internal report about a deadly helicopter crash in Louisiana. PHI Inc. owned a Sikorsky-manufactured helicopter that crashed near Morgan City in 2009, killing eight people.

Saab Parent Company Shares Halted After Plunge

December 12, 2011 8:35 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch financial market regulator Monday halted trading in shares of Swedish carmaker Saab's parent company Monday until further notice. The Netherlands' Financial Market Authority did not specify a reason for halting trade in the stock of Swedish Automobile N.


OSHA Proposes $195K Fine Over Fatal Accident

December 12, 2011 8:33 am

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Recycling company Resource Management could face nearly $200,000 in fines after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited 37 health and safety violations in an investigation that began after a fatal accident. A worker at Resource Management died June 12 in an accident involving a baling machine at the recycling company.


Etihad Buys 12 More Boeing Jets In $2.8B Deal

December 12, 2011 8:28 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fast-growing Gulf carrier Etihad Airways said Monday it is buying 10 more of Boeing's new 787-9 planes, making it the largest airline customer for that version of the much-hyped carbon fiber jet. Etihad also signed up for two Boeing 777 cargo planes as part of the deal.

SF Becomes First U.S. City To Top $10 Minimum Wage

December 12, 2011 8:26 am | by Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — David Frias works two minimum-wage jobs to squeak by in one of the most expensive cities in America. Come New Year's Day, he'll have a few more coins in his pocket as San Francisco makes history by becoming the first city in the nation to scale a $10 minimum wage.

Justice, AT&T Agree To Put Off Antitrust Trial

December 12, 2011 8:22 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Inc. and the Justice Department have agreed to put off their upcoming antitrust trial over the phone company's proposed acquisition of smaller rival T-Mobile USA while the wireless carriers determine the fate of the deal. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle quickly approved their motion Monday to cancel their February trial and set a Jan.

AL Pushing To The Top In U.S. Auto Production

December 12, 2011 8:19 am | by Dawn Kent

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's annual auto production is expected to near 900,000 in the next few years, a mark that could push it into the top three auto-making states in the country. Currently No. 5, the state's auto industry will get a capacity boost with planned expansions at the plants operated here by Mercedes-Benz and Honda, as the automakers aim to keep pace with projected sales and make room for new additions on their assembly lines.


DuPont Fined $750K For Violations At NJ Plant

December 12, 2011 4:40 am

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has fined DuPont $750,000 Protection for violations of safety and environmental standards at a facility just across the Delaware Memorial Bridge. WDEL reports ( ) that the more than 60 violations involve hazardous substances being improperly handled and discharged at its Chambers Works facility in Salem County.


Lockheed Martin Gets $4B Military Jet Contract

December 12, 2011 4:38 am

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. have been awarded a $4.01 billion military contract to provide 30 fighter jets to the Air Force, Navy, and the Marine Corps. The contract, announced Friday, is a modification of an earlier contract.

Carbon Plant Marks 20 Years In MS

December 12, 2011 4:36 am

PEARLINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Granulated activated carbon used to purify water, air, food and medicines has been processed in south Mississippi and shipped around the world for two decades. The Calgon Carbon Corp. plant in the Port Bienville Industrial Park will mark its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.


Steel Plant Shuts Down After Payment Dispute

December 12, 2011 4:32 am

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri steel fabricating plant offered state incentives earlier this year has shut down. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported ( ) that Bonnybrook Steel Forms laid off most of its 41 employees Oct. 3 and was to hold an auction for the factory's equipment Dec.


A Few Chinese Hacker Teams Do Most U.S. Data Theft

December 12, 2011 4:29 am | by Lolita Baldor, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As few as 12 different Chinese groups, largely backed or directed by the government there, do the bulk of the China-based cyberattacks stealing critical data from U.S. companies and government agencies, according to U.S. cybersecurity analysts and experts. The aggressive, but stealthy attacks, which steal billions of dollars in intellectual property and data, often carry distinct signatures allowing U.

Obama Says Jobless Rate Could Drop To 8 Percent

December 12, 2011 4:27 am | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting a new bar for the nation's economy, President Barack Obama said the United States unemployment rate could fall to 8 percent before he faces re-election next November. The unemployment rate, currently at 8.6 percent, hasn't been at or below 8 percent since he took office in January 2009 amid a global economic crisis.

Nissan To Recall 42,000 Juke Cars

December 9, 2011 8:23 am

TOKYO, Dec. 8 (Kyodo) — Nissan Motor Co. will voluntarily recall 42,041 Juke compact cars because of possible engine and door problems, the transport ministry said Friday. The doors of the cars may not shut properly if water seeps in and becomes frozen, according to the ministry.

Japan-Based Firm To Build GA Tractor Factory

December 9, 2011 8:20 am

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — State officials say a Japan-based firm will construct a new $73 million manufacturing facility in northeast Georgia, creating 200 new jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal said Kubota Corp. intends to build the plant in the Jackson County town of Jefferson. Kubota is Japan's largest maker of tractors and farm equipment, and has subsidiaries and affiliates across the globe.


Unemployment Applications Drop To 9-Month Low

December 9, 2011 8:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nine months, that latest evidence that the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000.

Ford To Resume Paying Dividend After 5 Year Hiatus

December 9, 2011 8:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will resume paying a dividend in March, more than five years after it halted payments because of financial problems. The company's board approved a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share. It will be paid on March 1 to shareholders of record as of Jan.

Motorola Wins Patent War With Apple

December 9, 2011 8:14 am

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that Apple is infringing on one of Motorola's mobile data communication patents through its sales of iPhone and iPad devices. The Mannheim state court on Friday granted Motorola unspecified damages for the use of its technology since 2003 and an injunction against sales of Apple Inc.

Labor Board Drops Boeing Complaint

December 9, 2011 8:12 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday officially dropped its high-profile case challenging Boeing's decision to open a nonunion aircraft manufacturing plant in South Carolina. The board acted after the Machinists union approved a 4-year contract extension with Boeing earlier this week and agreed to withdraw its charge that the company violated federal labor laws.


Reuse Of Closed Auto Plants On The Rise

December 9, 2011 4:36 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer

DETROIT (AP) — About half of all U.S. automotive plants that have closed since 1979 are being reused, and much of that activity has come during the recent hard times for the industry and real estate market, according to a report released Thursday. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based nonprofit Center for Automotive Research's report found that of the 267 assembly and parts plants closed during that period, 128 have found or are finding new life.



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