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GE Begins Dredging of Upper Hudson River

June 6, 2011 9:32 am

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — The main phase of a massive dredging project designed to rid the upper-Hudson River in New York of PCBs began Monday after weeks of delays due to high waters. General Electric Co., officials said two dredges began operations in the river about 40 miles north of Albany at Fort Edward early Monday.

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RV Part Maker Plans Move To Elkhart With 180 Jobs

June 6, 2011 4:55 am

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A recreational vehicle component manufacturer is considering a move into a vacant factory in northern Indiana where it could hire 180 workers in the next few years. The steel fabrication company Lippert Components of Marvin, N.C., has asked the Elkhart City Council for tax incentives if it moves into a factory formerly owned by the now-defunct Monaco Coach Corp.

Why Post-Recession Spending Equates To Success

June 6, 2011 4:43 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not easy being the most optimistic guy in the room. Most companies are hoarding cash after two-plus years of cost-cutting. The members of the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index are sitting on a record $960 billion in cash on their balance sheets. All told, companies now have more than 10 percent more cash than the previous peak in 2004.

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Daimler And Rolls-Royce Take Over Engine Maker

June 6, 2011 4:32 am

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Daimler AG and Britain's Rolls-Royce have won control of Tognum AG after their joint takeover offer gave them control of a 59.87 percent stake in the German-based maker of heavy-duty engines. Daimler said Tuesday there are still two more weeks for remaining shares to be tendered under the euro26 per share offer.

Should 'E-Cigs' Be Banned Like Their Smoky Cousins?

June 6, 2011 4:30 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — That's not smoke coming out of Cliff Phillips' mouth. But that hasn't stopped others from cringing, making remarks, waving their hands in their faces and coughing at the sight of the vapor from his electronic cigarette. "They're just conditioned if they see you inhale and exhale something, it's got to be smoke and it's going to stink.

U.S. Shrugs At WHO's Cellphone-Cancer Warning

June 6, 2011 4:24 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — News last week that an arm of the World Health Organization said cellphones might raise the risk of brain cancer has been greeted by Americans mostly with a shrug of the shoulder — one that's pinning a cellphone to the ear. Google searches for "cancer" and "cellphones" spiked this week.

Korean Plans To Build EVs In Three States Falter

June 6, 2011 4:19 am | by Mark Niesse, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Korean electric car company CT&T made a splash in three states when it rolled shiny, tiny vehicles off big rigs and announced with smiling governors that it would hire hundreds of Americans to build them in new factories. But those plans have stalled in Hawaii, Pennsylvania and South Carolina without anyone hired, any plantsconstructed or any electric cars assembled.

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Judge: Terror Payment Lawsuits Against Chiquita Can Continue

June 3, 2011 9:40 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss lawsuits filed by thousands of Colombians against produce seller Chiquita Brands International over its payments to a right-wing paramilitary group responsible for killing and terrorizing civilians during Colombia's lengthy civil conflict.

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CSB: Hoeganaes Must Redesign Plant To Stop Deaths

June 3, 2011 9:26 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal agency investigating a fatal fire at a Middle Tennessee chemical plant said a corroded pipe leaking hydrogen gas caused an explosion that ignited combustible iron dust there. A total of four workers have died this year after being critically burned in fires at the Hoeganaes (HAY'-gan-eez) plant in Gallatin, with the latest one occurring last week.

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Sikorsky To Lay Off Almost 400 N.Y. Workers

June 3, 2011 9:13 am

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) — Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is laying off nearly 400 workers at its factory in upstate New York because of what the company says is a lull in orders for military helicopters. The announcement Thursday by the Stratford, Conn.-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. didn't divulge the number of jobs being cut, but a notice filed with the state Department of Labor lists the number of layoffs as 386.

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Aluminum Plant Manager Pleads Guilty To EPA Fraud

June 3, 2011 9:10 am

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former manager at a northwestern Indiana aluminum plant has pleaded guilty to charges that he knew about employees lying on reports in order to cover up air pollution violations. Charles Woodworth of Crown Point made the plea Thursday in federal court in Hammond.

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Chevy Volt Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

June 3, 2011 9:08 am

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Volt electric car has won a five-star safety rating from the U.S. government. The five-star rating is the top one given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. General Motors, the car's maker, says the Volt was judged under tougher standards for 2011 models that include a simulated 20 mile-per-hour side crash into a pole.

Obama: Economy Still Facing 'Headwinds' In Recovery

June 3, 2011 9:05 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. economy is still facing challenges and it is going to take more time to mend the wounds inflicted by the recession. Obama spoke at a Chrysler plant in Ohio against the backdrop of a dismal jobs report released Friday that shows the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.

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Three Boeing Employees Agree To Testify Against NLRB

June 3, 2011 4:50 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three employees at Boeing Co.'s plant in North Charleston, S.C. want roles in a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board, claiming they are sure to lose their jobs if the federal agency is successful and work on the 787 passenger jet returns to Washington state.

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European E. Coli Highlights Gaps In U.S. Food Safety

June 3, 2011 4:44 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nasty form of E. coli hitting Europe points out gaps in the U.S. food safety system that raise concern that similar outbreaks might happen here. It's impossible to test for every illness-causing form of E. coli, even the kinds we already know about. Today, the food industry and health authorities focus mostly on a single strain of the bacteria that until now was considered the most dangerous.

Obama To Visit Ohio, Celebrate Auto Industry's Rebound

June 3, 2011 4:41 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is drawing attention to the auto industry's rebound, visiting a Chrysler plant in politically important Ohio as he seeks to highlight a rare bright spot in the sluggish economic recovery. Obama was to travel to Toledo on Friday, making the latest in a string of domestic trips to promote his economic agenda and defend the much maligned government bailouts to Chrysler and General Motors.

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Mazda Plans To Stop Building Cars In The U.S.

June 3, 2011 4:31 am

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda Motor Corp. plans to leave its joint venture with Ford Motor Co. and stop building cars in the U.S., the Nikkei financial daily reported Friday. Mazda and Ford operate the AutoAlliance International plant in Michigan as a 50-50 partnership. Citing unnamed company sources, the Nikkei said Mazda is considering selling its stake to Ford as the Japanese automaker tries to restructure its global production.

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Jobless Rate Rises To 9.1 Percent, AAM Responds

June 3, 2011 4:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers hired only 54,000 new workers in May, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent. The Labor Department report offered startling evidence that the U.S. economy is slowing, hampered by high gas prices and natural disasters in Japan that have hurt U.

Chrysler Ready To Sever Ties With U.S. Government

June 3, 2011 4:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC, newly profitable and confident in its revamped products, will soon sever its ties with the U.S. government after most — but not all — of the bailout loans it got two years ago are repaid. Italian automaker Fiat SpA agreed late Thursday to buy the U.

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RockTenn To Close Three Previous Smurfit-Stone Plants

June 2, 2011 9:33 am

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — RockTenn Co. will close three corrugated container plants that it picked up in its acquisition of Smurfit-Stone, the packaging manufacturer said Thursday, as it eliminates redundant operations to cut costs The plants in Birmingham, Ala., Jonesboro, Ark., and Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

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