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DoT Says Many Toyota Accidents Due To Driver Error

July 14, 2010 4:50 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of black boxes in Toyota vehicles involved in accidents blamed on unintended acceleration, finding the throttles were open and the brakes were not engaged, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. That suggests that drivers of the speeding cars were stepping on the accelerator rather than hitting the brakes.

Automakers Battle For Mid-Size MPG Trophy

July 14, 2010 4:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — To improve gas mileage, automakers are tweaking cars and trucks between model years, especially in the cost-conscious and popular market for midsize sedans. Honda Motor Co. recently announced changes in its Accord sedan that boosted highway mileage by almost 10 percent from the 2010 to 2011 model years.

GM To Guarantee Battery Packs Longer Than Engines

July 14, 2010 4:38 am

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. will guarantee the battery in the Chevrolet Volt electric car for a longer period than its conventional car warranties, according to a person briefed on the plans. GM guarantees conventional car engines and transmissions for five years or 100,000 miles, but will guarantee the Volt battery for longer, the person said, who did not want to be identified because an announcement was scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the company's battery pack assembly plant south of Detroit.

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Five Men Burned By Hot Tar At Asphalt Plant

July 14, 2010 4:36 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say five men were taken to hospitals after being burned at an asphalt plant in Wichita. KFDI reports two of the men were flown to a hospital with critical burns following the accident Tuesday afternoon at Shilling Construction Co. The other three were taken to hospitals by ambulance.

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Police Outline Shooting At N.M. Manufacturer

July 14, 2010 4:36 am | by Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press Writer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A gunman storming through his former workplace fired without provocation or warning at his first victim, then moved on in a spree that left three dead and four injured, police said Tuesday. A day after the shooting that ended with Robert Reza turning the gun on himself, Chief Ray Schultz detailed the 37-year-old's rampage at solar manufacturer Emcore Corp.

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Elkhart To Be Home To Norwegian Electric Car Maker

July 13, 2010 4:55 am

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials of a northern Indiana city have asked that the "For Lease" sign be taken down from the property where a company announced six months ago that it planned to start making electric cars. Norwegian-based Think Global says it remains committed to opening a factory in Elkhart, although it's still waiting on a decision about a federal loan it has sought.

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Support Grows For Innocence Of Jailed Toyota Driver

July 13, 2010 4:48 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The case of Koua Fong Lee, a Toyota driver imprisoned for a crash that killed three people, has spurred a grass roots movement among people who believe the St. Paul man is innocent. More than 5,500 people have signed up for a "Free Koua Fong Lee" page on Facebook, created by a Los Angeles man.

Tyco Electronics Scoops Up ADC For $1.24 Billion

July 13, 2010 4:41 am

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Tyco Electronics Ltd. says it's acquiring ADC Communications in a deal valued at $1.24 billion. Switzerland-based Tyco, which was spun off from Tyco International, says it will pay $12.75 per share in cash for the networking equipment maker. Shares of ADC, based in Eden Prairie, Minn.

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AMD's Positive Outlook Shows Recovery For PCs

July 13, 2010 4:40 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's No. 2 maker of computer microprocessors, is scheduled to report its second-quarter results Thursday after the market closes. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Many investors are worried about the strength of the personal computer market with economic troubles in Europe and concerns about slowing demand in China.

Alcan Workers Rescind Strike, Get Free Health Care

July 13, 2010 4:32 am

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Union workers called off a planned strike at the Alcan Rolled Products aluminum rolling mill in Ravenswood on Monday. Some 700 members of the United Steelworkers had been scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday. But Local 5668 rescinded its strike notice in response to an offer Sunday by Alcan to continue talking, representative Randy Moore said.

U.S. Trade Deficit Climbs To $42.3 Billion

July 13, 2010 4:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened in May to the highest level in 18 months as a rebounding economy pushed up demand for imports of foreign-made cars, computers and clothing. The trade deficit increased 4.8 percent to $42.3 billion, the largest imbalance since November 2008, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Want A Corvette? Build The Engine Yourself

July 13, 2010 4:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Corvette owners could soon be revving up an engine they built with their own hands. General Motors Co. said Monday that buyers who order a 2011 Corvette Z06 or ZR1 can help assemble their cars' high-performance LS7 and LS9 engines. The automaker believes the program is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Manufacturing Technology Up 52.9 Percent In 2010

July 12, 2010 6:28 am

May U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.34 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association and AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.  This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 22.

WWII-Era 'Rosie The Riveter' Workers Recognized

July 12, 2010 5:17 am

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In 1943, four women working at a Goodyear Aircraft factory in Akron, Ohio, signed their names on the wing of the airplane they were putting together. Sixty-seven years later, one local "Rosie the Riveter" is being recognized for her contributions to the war effort.

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Armstrong To Close Penn. Plant, 150 Jobs Lost

July 12, 2010 4:56 am

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — About 150 western Pennsylvania workers have been told they will lose their jobs with the closing of a specialty ceiling tile plant. Armstrong World Industries announced Friday that the 107-year-old Beaver County plant will close in phases over the next year.

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Johnson & Johnson Buys Micrus For $480 Million

July 12, 2010 4:52 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Monday it will pay $480 million for medical device maker Micrus Endovascular, adding a range of treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms. Johnson & Johnson said it will pay $23.40 per share, marking a 5.5 percent premium to Micrus' closing price on Friday.

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Against Apple, AT&T

July 12, 2010 4:44 am

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — A federal judge says a monopoly abuse lawsuit against Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s mobile phone unit can move forward as a class action. The lawsuit consolidates several filed by iPhone buyers starting in late 2007, a few months after the first generation of Apple's smart phone went on sale.

VW Promises To Use Locally-Sourced American Parts

July 12, 2010 4:37 am

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says it's seeking to use more locally acquired parts in its auto production in North America. CEO Martin Winterkorn told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily newspaper for its Monday edition that it's not enough to produce cars in North America, but "we also need to get parts and components from there.

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The Professor Who Battled Toyota And Survived

July 12, 2010 4:36 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press Writer

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — It's the kind of publicity any university might dream about: An instructor uncovers a possible flaw that's causing some of the world's most popular cars to accelerate suddenly. His ground-breaking work attracts interest from Congress and reporters worldwide. But as Southern Illinois University's David Gilbert sought to show that electronics might be to blame for the problem in Toyotas, the world's largest automaker tried to cast doubt on his findings.

The PT Cruiser A Symbol Of Chrysler's Demise

July 12, 2010 4:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, the PT Cruiser roared onto the road with trendsetting looks and Al Capone swagger. In a sea of bland Honda Civics and Toyota Camrys, it was a retro hit. Chrysler could barely keep up with demand. On Friday morning, the last Cruiser rolled off the assembly line in Mexico, finally killed off after years of declining popularity.

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