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Labor Dep't: Americans Hold 3.1M Green Jobs

March 23, 2012 10:00 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment, the Labor Department said.

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Fiat To Suspend Production Due To Strike

March 23, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Italian automaker Fiat says it will temporarily close plants in the country next week as a result of a month-long strike by a key group of drivers that it warns is getting more tense.

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Japanese Carmakers Going Greener

March 23, 2012 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese automakers are gearing up to win back the ground they have lost in global competition mainly due to the yen's appreciation, by capitalizing on their edge in eco-friendly cars.

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Cessna To Build Business Jets In China

March 23, 2012 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

The Kansas-based company is joining with Aviation Industry of China and the municipal government of Chengdu, where the three plan a joint venture to produce midsize jets.

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Ford Lays Foundation For $1B India Factory

March 23, 2012 9:53 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

Ford is pressing ahead with expansion plans despite an uncertain outlook for Asia's No. 3 economy where growth in car sales has recently waned.

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Portland Chemical Factory Explosion Injures 2

March 23, 2012 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

A Portland Fire spokesman says an explosion involving a chemical reactor at a silicon factory has injured two people.

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Police: Fire Erupts At LA Chemical Plant

March 22, 2012 2:02 pm | by Mary Foster, Associated Press

An explosion and fire at a chemical plant Thursday in southeastern Louisiana caused the release of hazardous vinyl chloride into the air, authorities said.

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Airbus: 2,000 Jobs At Risk Over China Freeze

March 22, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The head of Airbus says up to 2,000 jobs are at risk because Chinese airlines have frozen orders for 55 jets worth $14 billion in protest at the European Union's emissions trading plan.

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Volkswagen To Add 800 Jobs At TN Passat Plant

March 22, 2012 1:59 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The new jobs will increase the plant's work force to more to 3,500 by the end of the year, the German company said Thursday.

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Australia Plans $288M Subsidy For General Motors

March 22, 2012 1:56 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

The government announced a $288M subsidy for General Motors Co. to guarantee it continues to make cars in Australia for another decade through its subsidiary Holden Ltd.

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Japan Posts 1st Trade Surplus In 5 Months

March 22, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan posted its first trade surplus in five months in February on a recovery in auto and electronics exports to the United States.

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Hit 4-Year Low

March 22, 2012 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said that weekly applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000. That's the lowest level since March 2008, just months into the Great Recession.

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Ex-Gov't Scientist Gets 13 Years In Espionage Case

March 21, 2012 2:34 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press

A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison for admitting that he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation.

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Maker Of Anti-DWI Ignition Locks Settles With DMV

March 21, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Monitech agreed to dismiss its lawsuit, which alleged DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson broke state bidding rules by withholding the renewal of its state contract.

Obama Visit Highlights Nevada's Green Jobs Plan

March 21, 2012 2:30 pm | by Cristina Silva, Associated Press

With the highest jobless rate in the nation, Nevada is courting geothermal, solar, and wind projects to broaden its economy.

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Boeing Gets Certification For GE-Powered 787s

March 21, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. said that it received government approval for its 787 equipped with General Electric engines.

CAT Expanding Excavator Plant In China

March 21, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. plans to significantly expand one of its Chinese manufacturing plants to produce more wheeled excavators.

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Analysis: More U.S. Drilling Didn't Drop Gas Price

March 21, 2012 2:26 pm | by Jack Gillum, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

More U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show.

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U.S. Gov't Sets New Tariffs On China Solar Panels

March 21, 2012 10:13 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The Commerce Department is imposing new import fees on solar panels made in China, finding that the Chinese government is improperly giving subsidies to manufacturers of the panels there.

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EU Eyes Measures To Open Up Public Contracts

March 21, 2012 10:10 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer

The European Union is seeking new powers to block foreign companies from winning lucrative government contracts unless their home countries open their own public-sector deals to European firms.

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