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Toyota To Replace 650,000 Prius Pumps, Not A Recall

November 30, 2010 3:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is replacing the pumps that cool the hybrid system in 650,000 Prius cars — the Japanese automaker's prized green vehicle — in a new blow to the automaker's reputation for quality. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Paul Nolasco said Tuesday the fix is needed in Prius cars for model years 2004 through to 2007.

Garland Company Closes Out Award-Winning Year

November 29, 2010 9:39 am

Despite the continuing recession, The Garland Company, Inc., a mid-sized roofing manufacturer headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has been the recipient of several achievement awards in 2010. In May, the company was honored with a Manny Award from Ohio’s Inside Business magazine.

SAP Hit With Record $1.3B Copyright Infringement Suit

November 29, 2010 3:53 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the losing end of a $1.3 billion jury verdict for stealing a rival's intellectual property, SAP AG is facing the difficult decision about whether to double down — by appealing — or folding. Either route is going to cost the German company dearly, and will have implications for how other technology companies approach copyrights.

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Your '12 Days' Christmas List Costs Nearly $100,000

November 29, 2010 3:51 am | by Jennifer C. Yates, Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the unlikely event that your Christmas list this year includes every item mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas," be prepared to pay nearly $100,000. Trying to buy the 364 items repeated in all the song's verses — from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree — would cost $96,824, an increase of 10.

Fiat Seeks Chrysler For An Italian Joint Venture

November 29, 2010 3:49 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

MILAN (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne on Friday proposed a joint venture with Chrysler LLC to build Alfa Romeo and Jeep brand vehicles at Turin's Mirafiori auto plant. But he said he needed union cooperation to make the factory more competitive. The proposal marks the first significant step toward integration in Europe between the Italian and U.

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Food Manufacturers — The FDA Is About To Get Even More Friendly

November 29, 2010 3:47 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration would have to step up inspections of food plantsunder legislation the Senate is expected to pass this week. The bill, which has stalled in that chamber for more than a year, would give the FDA authority to order a recall of tainted products.

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Hershey To Mars: Stop Copying Our Packaging

November 29, 2010 3:43 am | by Marc Levy, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bitter rivals in the candy aisle may also duke it out in court. The Hershey Co. sued Mars Inc. this week in federal district court, with the maker of Hershey's and Reese's chocolate candies accusing the maker of Snickers, M&Ms and Dove candies of mimicking some of its packaging.

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Penn. Tooling Worker Injured By Burst Water Pipe

November 29, 2010 3:42 am

FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A worker is being treated and undergoing medical tests after he was hurt when a water line burst at a precision tool plant in northwestern Pennsylvania. Matrix Tool president Tim Lewis says company officials still don't know whether the worker was hit with a piece of pipe, hit his head when he fell or was injured in some other way.

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Furniture Executive Indicted For Fraud, Money Laundering

November 19, 2010 3:37 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An executive at a Lenoir furniture manufacturer has been indicted on charges that he took more than $560,000 from the company. The Charlotte Observer reported that Andrew Geiger is accused of setting up a dummy company and billing Bernhardt Furniture Company for extra services concealed as processing fees.

Toyota Tries To Throw Out All Acceleration Lawsuits

November 19, 2010 3:34 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California will consider a motion by Toyota Motor Corp. to dismisslawsuits that claim there are sudden acceleration defects in its cars. U.S. District Judge James Selna will hear arguments Friday about whether he should throw out some of the hundreds of lawsuits filed since the automaker starting recalling millions of vehicles because of acceleration problems in several models and brake defects with the Prius hybrid.

Solar Manufacturer Using China As Low-Cost Stepping Stone

November 19, 2010 3:33 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Toledo solar panel manufacturer opened an assembly plant in China to provide low-cost assembly while it works to automate and expand its local operations, the company's president said Thursday. Xunlight Corp., which has received nearly $50 million in federal and state assistance to develop research and production in Toledo, just started talking publicly this week about the Chinese facility, which opened earlier this year, The Blade newspaper reported Thursday.

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Lockheed Martin Cutting 1,000 Eagan, Minn. Jobs

November 19, 2010 3:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. said on Thursday that it will close its Eagan, Minn. plant by 2013, eliminating or moving about 1,000 jobs. The company makes components for the Navy's P-3 Orion anti-submarine plane at the plant. Lockheed said 650 of the Minnesota jobs would move to Owego, N.

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Kia Ready To Hire Another 1,000 Georgians

November 19, 2010 3:30 am

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Kia Motors plans to hire another 1,000 workers at its west Georgia plant. Kia on Thursday opened the online application process for prospective employees for its plant in West Point, which is near the Alabama state line. The plant officially opened earlier this year and, as of September, had produced about 100,000 Kia Sorrento SUVs.

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How GM's IPO Affected Detroit, New York, And Washington

November 19, 2010 3:29 am | by Bernard Condon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors returned to Wall Street with the satisfying roar of a muscle car's engine, embraced by traders at the New York Stock Exchange who stood in a crowd eight deep for the chance to buy a piece of a resurrected American icon. Elsewhere, the moment was more complex.

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GE Aviation To Build 400-Worker Plant In Auburn, Ala.

November 17, 2010 4:01 am

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — GE Aviation has picked Auburn for its plant that will make coatings for the components in military jet engines. GE Aviation, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, had announced in August that it planned to locate a plant in Alabama and would decide the location within three months.

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Boeing Unsure When 787 Test Flights Will Continue

November 17, 2010 4:00 am | by Joan Lowy and Joshua Freed, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Boeing Co. said it's still not clear when it will resume test flights for its new 787, and an executive said in an interview that he doesn't know if the plane's first delivery would be delayed once again. Boeing has been flying six of the new 787s with a goal of getting certification to deliver the first one around mid-February.

Roche To Cut 4,800 Jobs For 'Operational Excellence'

November 17, 2010 3:59 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche will cut 4,800 jobs over two years, mostly in the U.S., to help save 2.4 billion Swiss francs ($2.4 billion) by 2012, the company said Wednesday. The cuts amount to six percent of its 82,000-strong global work force and will mainly affect positions in sales, marketing and manufacturing, Basel-based Roche Holding AG said in a statement.

Officals Call For Safer, Less Faulty Defibrillators

November 17, 2010 3:56 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are calling on manufacturers of heart-zapping defibrillators to fix long-standing problems with the emergency devices that have triggered dozens of recalls and led to injuries and deaths. Defibrillators use electric shocks to jolt the heart back to normal after patients collapse from cardiac arrest.

Koss Executive Faces 20 Years For Embezzling Millions

November 17, 2010 3:53 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The former Koss Corp. executive accused of embezzling $34 million from the headphones manufacturer faces sentencing Wednesday in federal court in Milwaukee. Koss chief executive Michael Koss is asking the judge to sentence Sue Sachdeva (sah-CHEE'-vah) to the maximum 15 to 20 years.

Is GM's IPO Leaving Out The 'Little Guy'?

November 17, 2010 3:52 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — When General Motors finally offers stock to the public later this week, small investors will probably be left out in the cold. Pension funds, mutual funds and other big institutions all want a piece of the rehabilitated GM. That means the three dozen banks divvying up the new shares may not have much left for individual investors.

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