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Singapore Airlines A380 Engine Shut Down In Flight

March 27, 2012 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

The plane, which was carrying 430 passengers to Frankfurt, Germany, was in the air about three hours when crew reported a surge in one of its four Rolls-Royce engines.


2 Injured At LA Air Products Plant

March 27, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

A hydrogen release triggered a brief fire that injured two workers at a new Air Products and Chemicals Co. plant in Luling, La.


Denso Executive Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

March 27, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

An executive at Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp. will serve a one-year prison sentence for price fixing.


Apple, Samsung Race Makes It Tougher For RIM

March 27, 2012 10:16 am | by LuAnn LaSalle

Research In Motion's international sales are slowing and the BlackBerry maker doesn't have new smartphones for the competitive North American market, say analysts.


Facebook Warns Employers Not To Demand Passwords

March 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Facebook raised alarms about privacy, warning employers not to ask job applicants for their passwords. The company threatened legal action against applications that violate its long-standing policy against sharing passwords.


A123 Systems Falls On News Of Defect, New Costs

March 26, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of A123 Systems tumbled by double digits to an all-time low after the maker of batteries for electric cars estimated that it would spend about $55M to replace battery modules and packs that might be defective.


BMW Recalls 1.3M Cars Worldwide

March 26, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says that a battery cable covering in the trunk was incorrectly installed. The defect could prevent the car from starting and in extreme cases could lead to a fire.


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.



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