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Cargill Announces Second Turkey Recall

September 12, 2011 5:34 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month. The second recall is much smaller than the one the company issued Aug. 3 for 36 million pounds of ground turkey.

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Union Takes Bankruptcy Action Against Saab

September 12, 2011 5:30 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish trade union on Monday said it will take bankruptcy action against troubled automaker Saab Automobile to secure payments to its members, who still haven't received their August salaries. White-collar labor union Unionen said it will file bankruptcy proceedings against Saab on Monday afternoon, following last week's rejection of Saab's application for bankruptcy protection by a district court.

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Suzuki To Cut Ties With Volkswagen

September 12, 2011 5:29 am | by Tomoko Hosaka, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Suzuki Motor Corp. said Monday it will abort its alliance with Volkswagen AG following a nearly two-year marriage that never worked. Even at what appeared to be the end of the union, the two companies seemed unable to agree as Volkswagen said it wanted the cooperation to continue.

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Honda Recalls 310,000 Pilot SUVs

September 12, 2011 5:26 am

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. is recalling 310,773 units of the Pilot sport utility vehicle in the United States due to defective parts in seat belts, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Subject to the recall are 2009-2011 model year Pilot vehicles manufactured from March 13, 2008 through Aug.

Volkswagen Recalls 30,000 Jettas

September 12, 2011 5:25 am

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is recalling more than 30,000 Jetta sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years because the tailpipes can stick out too far and burn people. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that stainless steel exhaust pipe tips installed at the point of importation can stick out farther than the factory-installed tailpipes.

Man Injured In Warehouse Explosion

September 12, 2011 5:24 am

NIAGARA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a plant worker was injured when thousands of pounds of aluminum powder exploded in a warehouse in western New York, sparking a fire that caused minor damage to the building. Niagara County Sheriff's officials said the Stollberg, Inc. worker was treated at Mt.

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Fiat To Sell Doblo Van In U.S., Canada

September 9, 2011 8:51 am

ROME (AP) — Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, plans to sell its Doblo van in the U.S. and Canada starting in 2013. The Turin-based automaker said Friday the Fiat Doblo vehicles would be sold under the Ram brand. Fiat said it had signed a letter of understanding with its Turkish joint-venture partner Tofas for the export of 190,000 units under a seven-year-deal.

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Air Advocates Say Tougher Regulation Would Spur Jobs

September 9, 2011 8:49 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Clean air advocates on Thursday criticized a decision by the Obama administration to scrap a proposed smog regulation because of the ailing economy, saying the stricter rule would create thousands of jobs in Kentucky and Tennessee. The federal Clean Air Act has encouraged technological advancement and economic growth since it was enacted in the 1970s, said Mary Gade, an environmental consultant.

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SC Alcoa Plant To Close Without Lower Power Rate

September 9, 2011 8:46 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Alcoa Inc. officials said Wednesday that the company's aluminum smelting plant in Goose Creek, S.C. consumes $4 million a week in power and will close at a loss of more than 600 jobs if they can't negotiate a lower rate with Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric utility.

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GM Exec: Nation Needs To Live Within Its Means

September 9, 2011 8:45 am | by Tom Coyne, Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The top executive at General Motors Co. says the nation needs to live within its means, saying both Social Security and Medicare need to be changed and improvements are needed in the public education system. GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson made the remarks during a talk Friday to about 300 University of Notre Dame students about leadership.

Feds Approve Loan Guarantee For CO Solar Plant

September 9, 2011 8:44 am

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado. Charlotte-based Cogentrix plans to build the 30-megawatt facility near Alamosa. The Department of Energy said Friday that it would be one of the first utility-scale, high concentration photovoltaic generation facilities in the nation and the largest of its kind in the world.

Man Dies In Accident At CAT Plant

September 9, 2011 8:41 am

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — A worker at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in South Milwaukee has died after he was injured in an accident at the facility. According to a statement from Caterpillar, the man was working in the weld shop area Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a welded structure as it was being moved.

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Invisalign Maker To Move Overseas

September 9, 2011 5:08 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The maker of Invisalign clear braces for teeth will close its New Jersey facility next year, eliminating 119 jobs, and move operations overseas to cut costs. Align Technology Inc. expects to save about $4 million per year because of the moves, the company said Wednesday.

American Crystal Says No Issues With Fill-Ins

September 9, 2011 5:06 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.

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Gov Says Too Many Workers Die On Job In WY

September 9, 2011 5:04 am

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says too many workers die on the job in Wyoming and the state needs to keep working to improve its workplace safety. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the number of occupational fatalities in the state rose to 34 last year.

Haley: SC Unemployment Tied To Grads, Retirees

September 9, 2011 5:02 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday said recent college graduates, cash-strapped retirees, laid-off middle-aged workers and skills shortfalls are at the heart of the state's nearly worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate. Haley, speaking at her hometown Rotary Club in Lexington, also said she wants to require drug testing for people who get the unemployment benefits they've earned while working.

OSHA Cites Manufacturer For Potentially Fatal Violations

September 9, 2011 4:59 am

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators have proposed $176,000 in fines for potentially fatal safety violations at a Concord manufacturing plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it was proposing the fines for 16 violations at Stowe Woodward LLC's plant.

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FBI Investigates Solar Firm That Got $535M U.S. Loan

September 9, 2011 4:55 am | by Jason Dearen, Kiven Freking, Associated Press

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — FBI agents executed search warrants Thursday at the headquarters of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loans before filing for bankruptcy last week. Blue-jacket-clad agents swarmed the company's headquarters in Fremont as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General into the manufacturer once touted by President Barack Obama as a beneficiary of economic stimulus, FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn said.

Brunswick To Expand Boat Plant

September 8, 2011 8:28 am

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Brunswick Corp. has announced plans to expand its Lund Boats plant in New York Mills. Brunswick, which owns and operates Lund Boats, plans to add 22,000 square feet to the western Minnesota plant. The company says demand has been high for both the Crestliner and Lund boat brands.

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Man Hit With Environmental Charges At KY Plant

September 8, 2011 8:27 am

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been charged with tampering with environmental monitors, then covering it up at a southern Kentucky secondary aluminum production plant. A federal grand jury in Bowling Green on Wednesday charged 59-year-old Daniel Evanoff of Plymouth, Wis.

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