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Crews Cleaning Up After LA Explosion

March 26, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Westlake Chemical Corp. crews were clearing chemicals Sunday from a tower damaged by an explosion and fire last week at the plant in Geismar, La.


GM European Unions: No Local Negotiations

March 26, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Unions have warned General Motors that they won't engage in restructuring talks on the auto group's Opel and Vauxhall plants in Europe on a local level.


AT&T To Sell Nokia Windows Phone For $100

March 26, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The Finnish phone manufacturer is counting on Microsoft Corp.'s software to turn its fortunes around and provide it with an entry into the U.S. market.


Bernanke: U.S. Job Market Weak Despite Gains

March 26, 2012 10:09 am | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Bernanke said the combination of modest economic growth and rapid declines in unemployment is something of a puzzle.


JAL Receives Boeing 787s For April Launch

March 26, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Due to a series of delays in the Dreamliner's development by Boeing, delivery of the aircraft to JAL and other airlines was more than three years later than originally planned.


GM Recalling Vans, SUVs For Steering Problems

March 26, 2012 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling more than 6,000 big vans and SUVs because their steering can fail.


Japan, Canada To Start Free Trade Talks

March 26, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, said they would also seek to boost economic, energy and security relations between the two countries.


Dow Chemical To Invest In Saudi Arabia Plant

March 26, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Dow Chemical Co. plans to invest an undisclosed amount in a new manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia that will make coating materials for use in that country and for export to markets worldwide.


Canadian Solar Japan To Build Mega Solar Plant

March 26, 2012 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Canadian Solar Japan K.K. said it will build and operate a solar power plant in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, becoming the first foreign solar-cell manufacturer in Japan with a mega photovoltaic plant of its kind.


Facebook Buys IBM Patents To Protect Itself

March 23, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Facebook has acquired patents from IBM as it girds itself for litigation, including a lawsuit by Yahoo.


Electric Cars Risk Losing Green Sheen In Japan

March 23, 2012 2:09 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan's government maneuvers to restart dozens of nuclear power plants idled after last year's meltdowns.


Leading Economic Indicators Rose In February

March 23, 2012 2:07 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Conference Board says its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.7 percent in February, after a 0.2 percent increase in January.


Boeing To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of Mesa Plant

March 23, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The aerospace giant broke ground on the helicopter plant in 1982. The facility was designed to build Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army.


Lear Breaking Ground On Plant In AL

March 23, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive supplier Lear Corp. is breaking ground Friday on a plant that will bring 150 jobs to Alabama's Tuscaloosa County.


Kyowa America To Open $12M TN Plant

March 23, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

State officials announced Friday that the investment at the Robertson County site is worth $12 million and will create 160 jobs.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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