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S. Korean Electric Automaker Plans $50M Hawaii Plant

May 7, 2010 4:28 am | by Mark Niesse, Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU (AP) — South Korean electric car manufacturer CT&T announced plans Thursday to build an assembly plant in Hawaii that will eventually produce up to 10,000 vehicles a year and employ as many as 400 people. The plant would make small two-seaters that reach speeds up to 40 mph and be deployed onto Hawaii's city and neighborhood roads.

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Doctors Reattach Arm Lost In BMW Industrial Accident

May 7, 2010 4:27 am

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Doctors have reattached the arm of a worker at the BMW plant in South Carolina who had the limb severed in a workplace accident. Multiple media outlets reported the employee had his arm severed between the elbow and wrist Wednesday morning at the plant in Greer. BMW spokesman Bobby Hitt says the man was driving a device similar to a forklift when he went through a doorway and his arm struck a beam and was severed.

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BP Workers Ease Containment Dam Into Gulf

May 7, 2010 4:26 am | by Harry R. Weber and Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writers

The containment vessel is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig collapse, Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Workers eased a giant concrete-and-steel box into the Gulf of Mexico late Thursday, starting the long process of lowering the contraption over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea in an untested bid to capture most of the gushing crude and avert a wider environmental disaster.

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Beer Production, Consuption Goes Flat In 2010

May 5, 2010 5:02 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer

PARIS (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the world's largest brewer and maker of Budweiser, said Wednesday its first quarter profit fell 34 percent to $475 million as global beer sales remained stagnant and were not forecast to rebound in 2010. AB InBev made a $716 million profit a year earlier.

Boeing To Pay $2 Million Settlement, Restore Fish Habitat

May 5, 2010 4:56 am

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boeing Co. has agreed to restore fish habitat in Seattle's Duwamish Waterway and pay $2 million to settle federal charges that it broke environmental laws by dumping oil and other toxic substances. The settlement was filed Tuesday in federal court in Seattle. Boeing agreed to undertake two habitat restoration projects to benefit migrating juvenile salmon and other fish and birds.

BMW Rakes In $424 Million In First-Quarter Profits

May 5, 2010 4:47 am

BERLIN (AP) — German luxury automaker BMW AG reported Wednesday a first-quarter profit on improved sales and said that rising demand for premium cars bodes well for its full-year earnings. The world's biggest luxury car maker, BMW earned euro324 million ($424.1 million) in net income in the first quarter compared with a loss of euro152 million a year ago.

GM Recalls Hummers For Detaching Hood Pieces

May 5, 2010 4:45 am | by Dan Ciardi, AP Auto Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving. The voluntary recall affects 164,190 Hummer H3s and H3Ts in the U.S. and 198,404 worldwide. Hummer spokesman Nick Richards says a device on the hood called a hood louver (LOO-ver) can come loose and possibly detach while driving.

Underwater 'Dome' Best Solution For Containing Oil Spill

May 5, 2010 4:12 am | by Allen G. Breed and Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving on Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away. Crews for contractor Wild Well Control were putting the finishing touches Tuesday on the 100-ton containment dome.

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FDA Recalls Moldy Tylenol, J & J Stops Production

May 5, 2010 4:11 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ingredients used by Johnson & Johnson in some of the 40 varieties of children's cold medicines recalled last week were contaminated with bacteria, according to a report by the Food and Drug Administration. Agency officials said Tuesday none of the company's finished products tested positive for the contaminants, though such testing is not definitive.

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Nissan Set To Recall Infiniti G35 Sedans And Coupes

May 4, 2010 5:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nissan says it will recall nearly 135,000 Infiniti G35 sedans and coupes to address a problem that could lead to the air bag not deploying in a crash. Nissan Motor Co. says the recall involves G35 Coupes from the 2005 to 2007 model years and G35 Sedans from the 2005 to 2006 model year.

GE Prepares For Second PCB Dredging In Hudson River

May 4, 2010 4:34 am

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A panel of scientists evaluating Hudson River dredging will hear presentations from General Electric Co. and federal regulators. The panel Tuesday is studying results of last year's dredging of PCB "hot spots" on the river about 40 miles north of Albany. The panel will make recommendations for the second phase of the dredging, which the U.

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BP Deals With Environmental, Financial Issues After Spill

May 4, 2010 4:24 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has drained $32 billion from BP's stock market value. Lawsuits, fines, cleanup and reputation-repair are certain to cost the company billions more and could tie up BP for many years to come. Yet the still-unfolding environmental disaster isn't likely to put one of the world's largest oil companies out of business.

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Manufacturers Opposed To Calif. Environmental Initiative

May 4, 2010 4:19 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of business groups turned in signature petitions Monday for a ballot initiative that would unravel Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top environmental priority. If the California Jobs Initiative qualifies for the November ballot, as expected, voters will be asked to consider putting the brakes on the nation's most far-reaching global warming law.

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Automakers See Slight Sales Slip In April

May 4, 2010 4:13 am | by Dee-Amm Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. car shoppers took a wait-and-see approach in April. They eased up on purchases as the lure of big incentives faded and hoped summer would bring a new flurry of deals. Automakers will have to match incentives from Toyota Motor Corp. at least through Memorial Day.

Abandoned Louisiana Paper Mill Sells For $10 Million

May 4, 2010 4:08 am

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) — The purchase of the Renew Paper mill near St. Francisville is official, but no decision has been made on restarting the plant, a plant official says. The $10 million sale was approved last month by a federal bankruptcy judge in Baton Rouge. West Feliciana Acquisition LLC, which is in bankruptcy reorganization, sold the 455,000-square-foot mill and 610 acres to Amzak Capital Management LLC of Florida.

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Missouri Deboning Plant Stays Open, 500 Jobs Saved

May 4, 2010 4:03 am

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — Twin Rivers Foods says it will keep its plant in Neosho open, saving almost 500 jobs in the southwest Missouri town. The Fayetteville, Ark.-based company had told the state in February that it would close the chicken deboning plant on April 9 and lay off about 485 workers.

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Apple Sells 1 Million iPads, Outpaces iPhone Sales

May 3, 2010 4:47 am

CUPERTINO, Calif., (AP) — Apple Inc. said Monday that is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new. Apple said it reached the milestone on Friday, when the new 3G model of the iPad was delivered to its first buyers.

Feds Investigate Meatpackers For Antitrust Violations

May 3, 2010 4:37 am | by Nate Jenkins, Associated Press Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The federal government is conducting its first investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation's cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide.

Boeing's St. Louis Machinists Authorize Strike

May 3, 2010 4:33 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Machinists at Boeing's St. Louis defense systems plant have authorized a strike if a contract is not accepted before the current agreement expires next month. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 said in a statement that the strike authorization vote was supported by 99 percent of the workers who attended a meeting on Sunday.

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Outsourcing From Indiana Doubles From Previous Recessions

May 3, 2010 4:28 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Burial casket jobs in Richmond and computer assembly services in Carmel have shifted to Mexico. Auto stamping work once done in Howe has moved to Canada and India. Client performance analysis done in South Bend is now being handled in China. The number of Indiana plants, warehouses and offices sending jobs abroad since the recession began in December 2007 has more than doubled that of past economic downturns, U.

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