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Potential Solyndra Buyers Show Little Interest

November 22, 2011 8:48 am

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — A California solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the U.S. government before declaring bankruptcy said Tuesday it's been unable to attract real interest from potential buyers to take over its operations. Instead, Solyndra LLC is looking at a piecemeal sale of its assets, with separate auctions for its machinery and equipment, real estate and intellectual property.

American Crystal Seeks Workers Amid Lockout

November 22, 2011 8:46 am

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. has begun advertising that it's seeking workers for its sugar factories, signaling a new phase in the company's lockout of its 1,300 union workers, which is in its fourth month. The new ads ran Sunday in several newspapers, including the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the Herald reported Monday ( http://bit.

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HP Profit Falls As Charges Hit Results

November 22, 2011 4:27 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. was hurt in the latest quarter by declines in several of its key businesses and heavy restructuring charges, a sign of the challenges confronting new CEO Meg Whitman. Net income plunged 91 percent to $239 million, or 12 cents per share, in the quarter ended Oct.

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GM To Assemble China-Made Autos In Egypt

November 22, 2011 4:24 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — SAIC-GM-Wuling, a General Motors Co. joint venture, plans to assemble autos in Egypt from kits made in China, competing in the same markets targeted by Chinese domestic car exporters. GM said Tuesday that production at General Motors Egypt from Chevrolet Move vehicle kits produced by SAIC-GM-Wuling would begin by the third quarter of 2012.

Metals, Stock Market Plunge On Debt Worries

November 22, 2011 4:22 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Metals prices plunged Monday on fears that debt problems in the United States and Europe could slow economic growth. Metals futures fell along with the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 2 percent when commodities trading ended. Markets plunged on the first day of trading after a 12-member congressional committee indicated that it would likely fail in its attempt to cut the federal budget deficit by $1.

Boeing Studies Future Of Wichita Defense Plant

November 22, 2011 3:55 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Boeing Co. said Monday that it is studying the future of its defense plant in Wichita, including the possibility of closing it. Boeing spokesman Jarrod Bartlett said in a statement that the study of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security's Maintenance, Modifications and Upgrades facility is part of an initiative to address what he calls "the current defense budget environment.

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Chinese Left Guessing Over Bullet Train Crash

November 22, 2011 3:53 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — The investigation into a bullet train crash in China last summer that killed 40 people has come and gone with no public report on what led to the disaster. The secrecy surrounding the probe, which ended in September, is typical of the sensitivities shown toward wider troubles plaguing the showcase high-speed rail program.

Explosion Damages GE Plant In OH

November 22, 2011 3:51 am

CINCINNATI (AP) — GE Aviation says an explosion damaged a building at its plant in a Cincinnati suburb and caused a fire that was put out fairly quickly. There were no injuries. GE Aviation spokesman Rick Kennedy says no one was in the building when the explosion occurred about 4:30 p.

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Anheuser-Busch Expanding In NY

November 21, 2011 8:28 am

LYSANDER, N.Y. (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it's expanding canning capacity at its Syracuse-area plant with the help of a $900,000 state economic development grant. The company says it will spend more than $7 million on the expansion at its Lysander facility, increasing the brewery's production by 30 percent.

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GM Plans $61M TN Investment

November 21, 2011 8:26 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors says it will begin building its Chevrolet Equinox at a plant in Tennessee next year and plans to begin making a midsized vehicle there in the future. Monday's announcement of the $61 million investment will create nearly 700 jobs at the plant outside Nashville.

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DE Chemical Site Eyed For Renewable Energy

November 21, 2011 8:23 am | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

One of Delaware's most troubled environmental sites, the abandoned Metachem site, is being considered by state and federal officials for its potential to produce clean energy. The 65-acre site near Delaware City is being paved over to keep chemicals spilled at the plant from continuing to leach into groundwater.

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Obama Signs Bill To Help Jobless Vets

November 21, 2011 8:18 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law Monday legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work while putting more cash in the hands of companies with government contracts. The legislation, which creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans, marks the first proposal from Obama's $447 billion jobs bill to be signed into law.

Global Energy Plans SC Solar Plant

November 21, 2011 8:15 am

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Global Energy Franchise says it is opening a solar panel plant in Cherokee County. The Greenville company announced plans Monday to build solar systems in the former TNS Mills textile plant in Blacksburg. Global Energy will initially employ 81 people at the plant.

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KS Plane Maker Says Air Force Bars It From Bid

November 21, 2011 8:11 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said. The company had hoped to its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer, would be chosen for the Light Air Support Counter Insurgency aircraft for the Afghanistan National Army Corps.

OH City Home To Jeep Sees Auto Industry Revival

November 21, 2011 4:45 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — This Ohio town that has been churning out Jeeps since World War II, watching its fortunes rise and fall with the well-being of Detroit's automakers, is now finding itself in an enviable position within the car industry. Chrysler and General Motors have promised in recent months to spend more than $800 million on retooling and expanding their factories here.

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GA Worker Fired For Refusing To Wear '666'

November 21, 2011 4:42 am

B y Greg Bluestein, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a '666' sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation. Billy E. Hyatt claims he was fired from Pliant Corp., a plastics factory in northern Georgia near Dalton, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days.

Honeywell Workers Approve Contract, End Strike

November 21, 2011 4:39 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Striking machinists at the Honeywell plant in Kansas City have approved a new contract. The union overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Honeywell Sunday evening, ending its 42-day walkout. The Kansas City Star reports ( http://bit.ly/tNPoz0 ) that both sides said the contract was essentially the same as one the union rejected Oct.

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Gates Testifies In $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft

November 21, 2011 4:37 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Microsoft's Bill Gates took the witness stand Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its rollout of Windows 95. Gates, wearing a gray suit and a yellow tie, was the first witness to testify as Microsoft lawyers presented their case in the trial that's been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month.

China Promises Clean Energy Access

November 21, 2011 4:35 am

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Chinese officials promised foreign technology suppliers equal access to their booming clean energy industry in trade talks amid pressure to revive global growth. Bryson said Monday that Chinese officials told him the country will invest $1.

Chu Says U.S. Needs To Stay In Solar

November 21, 2011 4:32 am | by Catherine Tsai, Associated Press

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Countries are lining up to supply a huge global market for solar energy, and it's important for the United States to stay in the game, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday after touring a Colorado solar facility. Chu's comments came a day after hostile questioning by Republicans in Congress over Solyndra Inc.

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