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Supreme Court Steps Into Imports Copyright Case

April 16, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The issue at the Supreme Court is whether U.S. copyright protection applies to items that are made abroad, purchased abroad and then resold in the U.S. without the permission of the manufacturer.

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Rise In U.S. Exports Brightens Outlook For Economy

April 16, 2012 9:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers

American businesses sold a record number of goods and services in Europe, China and other foreign markets in February.

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Twinkies Maker Hostess Gives Unions 'Final' Offer

April 16, 2012 9:49 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer

Hostess is making a final offer to workers to accept cost-cutting before it asks a bankruptcy court to impose the cuts.

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Toyota To Produce Paprika With Auto Plant Heat

April 16, 2012 9:46 am

The operation will emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide, compared with conventional cultivation using gas to heat vinyl greenhouses, and cut production costs by 7 percent.

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Hybrid And Electric Cars See Record Sales In March

April 16, 2012 9:44 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The two categories combined made up 3.64 percent of total U.S. sales, their highest monthly market share ever.

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U.S. Finds 16 Crashes, 5 Injuries In BMW Probe

April 16, 2012 9:41 am

U.S. safety regulators conducted an eight-month investigation of transmission control problems with BMW 7-Series luxury cars.

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Solar Cell Marker SunCorp To Cut Costs By 10%

April 16, 2012 9:39 am

The solar panel maker had said in November that it intended to cut costs by up to 10 percent in the next year as the solar industry deals with stagnating prices and demand.

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Study: Most Gas Pedal Accidents Involve Elderly Women

April 13, 2012 1:58 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Accidents in which drivers mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake tend to involve older female drivers in parking lots, a new government study has found.

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GM To Scrap Avalanche Pickup Truck

April 13, 2012 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Sales peaked at just over 93,000 in 2003, but fell as buyers went for full-size "crew cab" pickups.

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Apple Denies Accusation Of Collusion On e-Books

April 13, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Apple Inc. says the accusation that it conspired with major book publishers to raise the price of e-books is untrue.

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Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up 4.2 Percent

April 13, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan's business conditions improved in fiscal 2010 after being hit hard by the 2008 collapse of major U.S. brokerage house Lehman Brothers, pushing up emissions from the industrial sector, the report said.

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General Cable Buys Brazilian Autoparts Maker

April 13, 2012 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive parts maker General Cable Corp. said on Thursday that it has bought a Brazilian maker of ignition wiring for cars.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Unchanged Last Month

April 13, 2012 1:51 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesale prices were flat in March after a drop in energy prices offset rising costs for food and pickup trucks. The figures suggest that modest growth isn't spurring inflation.

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Gov't Proposes Override System For Stuck Gas Pedals

April 13, 2012 10:10 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

New cars and light trucks would have to have override systems to prevent unintended acceleration in instances where the driver steps on the gas pedal and brake at the same time or accelerator control systems disconnect, under new federal regulations proposed Thursday.

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China's Economic Growth Falls To Nearly 3-Year Low

April 13, 2012 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's declining economic growth fell to its lowest level in nearly three years in the first quarter, but analysts said it should rebound in coming months.

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How Hyundai Went From Joke To Contender In U.S.

April 13, 2012 10:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Jay Leno once joked that you could double a Hyundai's value by filling it up with gas. No one's laughing now.

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GM Recalls Big Crossovers To Fix Wiper Problem

April 13, 2012 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling about 50,000 large crossover SUVs to fix a problem with the windshield wipers.

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Caterpillar Sells Australian Bucyrus Distributor

April 13, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to sell the Australian distributor of its Bucyrus mining equipment to one of its dealers for $400 million.

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Fastenal 1Q Profit Rises 26 Percent

April 13, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

For the quarter ended March 31, the Winona, Minn.-based company earned $100.2 million, or 34 cents per share, up from $79.5 million, or 27 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

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Feds Expand Jeep Wrangler Fire Investigation

April 12, 2012 2:02 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said vehicle fires are complex and can occur for many reasons unrelated to the vehicle's design and manufacture.

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