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Wal-Mart Sees Slow U.S. Recovery, Looks To China

September 30, 2009 4:42 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The chairman of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. warned Wednesday the global economic recovery will likely be lethargic, even as the retailing behemoth sees great growth potential in China and India. "The world recovery is going to be led by Asia although it's going to be very challenging.

China Puts Brake On Industrial Overexpansion

September 30, 2009 4:33 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — China announced sweeping curbs on surging investment in steelmaking, cement and other industries, warning that chaotic overexpansion was raising the danger of job losses and trouble for banks. Business groups and economists have warned that Beijing's huge stimulus might fuel a dangerous boom and bust.

Toyota Recalls 3.8m Cars For... Floor Mats?

September 30, 2009 4:24 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company's largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash. The recall will involve popular models such as the Toyota Camry, the top-selling passenger car in America, and the Toyota Prius, the best-selling gas-electric hybrid.

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BAE Systems Under Midnight Deadline In Fraud Probe

September 30, 2009 4:18 am

LONDON (AP) — British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC faces a midnight deadline set by the Serious Fraud Office to agree to a settlement or potentially be prosecuted for alleged bribery, The Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday. The Serious Fraud Office declined to discuss the matter.

Oshkosh Corp. Lands $800m Pentagon Truck Contract

September 30, 2009 4:13 am

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The defense division of Oshkosh Corp. has signed a roughly $800 million deal with the Pentagon to deliver nearly 2,500 new and rebuilt military vehicles. Oshkosh Defense said Tuesday it will provide more than 1,450 new trucks and trailers. It will also deliver more than 1,000 tactical trucks that have been restored to like-new condition after being damaged in warfare.

Northrop: Boeing Given 'Unfair' Edge In Tanker Contract

September 29, 2009 12:21 pm | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has given Boeing Co. an "unfair" advantage in the latest competition for a troubled $35 billion tanker contract, a Northrop Grumman Corp. executive said Tuesday. The Pentagon shared Northrop's pricing data from its previous bid with Chicago-based Boeing, but did not reveal Boeing's cost estimates to Northrop.

Toyota Issues Recall Of 3.8 Million Cars

September 29, 2009 11:42 am

TORRENCE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. takes public safety very seriously. It believes its vehicles to be among the safest on the road today. Recent events have prompted Toyota to take a closer look at the potential for an accelerator pedal to get stuck in the full open position due to an unsecured or incompatible driver's floor mat.

Reid Supply Adds Plethora Of New Products

September 29, 2009 10:16 am

Muskegon, Michigan — Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based, premier global distributor of industrial supplies , added over 20,000 new apparel and footwear products to its online offerings at ReidSupply.com. “We are very excited to add the new apparel and footwear category to our industrial product offerings”, says John Carrier, President of Reid Supply Company.

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Peterbilt Shuts Down Idle Nashville Plant

September 29, 2009 5:18 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peterbilt Corp. is permanently closing its truck plant in Nashville. The Tennessean quoted plant manager Larry Vessels who said the decision means the loss of about 390 jobs at the idled plant. Peterbilt manufactures over-the-road commercial trucks and said it will consolidate work at its plant in Denton, Texas.

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Kraft Sparks Anti-Government Protests In Argentina

September 29, 2009 4:45 am | by Vanessa Hand Orellana, Associated Press Writer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An effort by Kraft Foods Inc. to end a labor dispute at its Argentina factory has ignited a larger dispute between leftist groups and the government, as several thousand people marched to the presidential palace late Monday in solidarity with fired workers. Kraft spokesman Pedro Lopez Matheu said the plant in suburban Buenos Aires reopened Monday after police enforcing a court order evicted fired employees who had occupied the factory 40 days ago.

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China Agrees To GM Takeover of Delphi

September 29, 2009 4:39 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's Commerce Ministry has given a conditional green light for General Motors Co.'s plan to acquire portions of auto parts maker Delphi Corp. Among other things, the ministry banned GM and Delphi from exchanging trade secrets about Delphi's other customers. Delphi is required to ensure it supplies parts to other automakers in a timely, reasonably priced and fair way, the ministry said in a statement issued Monday.

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WA Governor Courts Boeing In Interstate Competition

September 29, 2009 4:17 am | by Curt Woodward, Associated Press Writer

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's governor is stepping up public efforts to court the Boeing Co., part of a high-stakes interstate competition for the second assembly line of the company's long-delayed 787 jetliner. In a report released Monday, Gov. Chris Gregoire detailed what she called the business case for building a second 787 line in Washington state.

Harley's MV Agusta Unveils New Models

September 28, 2009 12:14 pm | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta Group unveiled its first new models in 10 years on Monday, saying its purchase by motorcycle giant Harley-Davidson Inc. last year is beginning to pay off. The two new bikes — new versions of its Brutale sport bikes — are geared toward younger, affluent riders interested in MV Agusta's sporty performance rides.

Wife Wants To Unseal Evidence In Cintas Dryer Death

September 28, 2009 12:07 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press Writer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The widow of a Cintas Corp. worker who fell into an industrial dryer and died in 2007 wants a federal judge to unseal for public viewing more than 90 percent of the evidence in her lawsuit against the nation's largest uniform supplier. Amalia Diaz Torres claims in a motion filed last week that the Cincinnati-based company is abusing the court's protective order by marking much of the case evidence as "confidential," forcing key documents and depositions to be blacked out.

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Moog Acquires GE Aviation Asset For $90m

September 28, 2009 12:01 pm

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (AP) — Aircraft systems maker Moog Inc. said Monday it completed its acquisition of a GE Aviation Systems flight control product line for $90 million. The deal was made in cash, with funds from the company's revolving credit facility, Moog said in a release. The GE business, based in Wolverhampton, England, designs and makes flight control actuation for commercial and military programs, including for the Boeing 777 and the Airbus A330.

21st Century 'Land' Rush: Alternate Energy Across The West

September 28, 2009 9:39 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Want some solar energy with your geothermal? In Utah, state officials are fielding various combinations of energy proposals, a list that includes solar and geothermal installations and an energy storage project that would turn salt caverns into a kind of giant battery.

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Chinese Drywall Makers Likely To Ignore Suits

September 28, 2009 9:33 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers representing homeowners and homebuilders who used drywall suspected of causing corrosion and possible health risks say they expect Chinese companies that made the wallboard to ignore hundreds of lawsuits filed against them in U.S. courts. So, who's going to be on the hook for any damages courts might award? That's the pivotal question for lawyers as they pursue about 300 lawsuits in U.

Kraft Considers Hostile Bid For Cadbury

September 28, 2009 4:52 am

LONDON (AP) -- Kraft Foods Inc. is poised to launch a hostile bid for British candy maker Cadbury PLC, The Observer said Sunday, citing unnamed sources. Kraft earlier this month made a $16.7 billion stock-and-cash proposal that was rebuffed by the U.K. confectionary company. Cadbury has repeatedly said it is not interested in a takeover but the U.

Analyst: Success For Chrysler-Fiat Would Be 'A Herculean Feat'

September 28, 2009 4:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler thinks its future may be in a new lineup of smaller cars based on models from Italian partner Fiat. The question is how to make them for Americans put off by stiff suspensions, firm seats and — perish the thought — not enough cupholders. The problem is further complicated because Americans generally are plumper and taller than Western Europeans, and they're used to driving fatter and longer cars on wider roads.

Clean Energy Bill Could Create 5,000 SD Jobs

September 28, 2009 4:17 am | by Roger Larsen

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Transitioning to a clean energy economy with passage of an energy bill pending in the Senate would create 5,000 South Dakota jobs, break the nation's dependence on oil and help solve the climate crisis, the state director of Repower South Dakota said Wednesday. Wind turbine blade manufacturer Knight & Carver stands to double or triple its current 60-employee base should the measure pass.

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