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New Ford Hybrid Bests Toyota Prius In Gas Mileage

August 7, 2012 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. says its new C-Max hybrid wagon gets 47 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving.


Teva Pharma Under SEC Bribery Investigation

August 7, 2012 9:41 am

Teva Pharmaceutical, the largest generic drug company in the world, said it is the target of a federal bribery investigation into its business in Latin America.

Steelworkers At W.Va. Constellium Plant On Strike

August 7, 2012 9:39 am

Union workers rejected an earlier five-year contract proposal in July and had been working under an extension of the old contract, which expired July 15.


Chevron: Fire Contained At Refinery In S.F. Bay Area

August 7, 2012 9:35 am | by John S. Marshall, Associated Press

Officials fearing toxic smoke told residents to remain indoors late Monday as a fire at a Chevron refinery released black plumes over the plant in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Airbus To Double $12B It Spends With U.S. Suppliers

August 7, 2012 9:29 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

The decision was made due to strong airplane sales, as the company has a backlog that is "disturbingly healthy."


Food Company Official Sentenced For Embezzlement

August 7, 2012 9:25 am

A former marketing director of a Central Valley frozen food company will serve time in prison for embezzling nearly $450,000 from the company.

Chemical Tests Planned At Former Ford-Owned Site

August 7, 2012 9:23 am

There are plans to test the 200-acre site of the former plant in Macomb County's Shelby Township for trichloroethylene and trichloroethane.


U.S. Jobs Data Trigger Global Market Rally

August 6, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Financial markets rallied Friday as an increase in U.S. hiring suggested the world's largest economy is not heading for recession but recovering gradually.


GM Predicts Substantial European Losses This Year

August 6, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Executives said Europe would be challenging, but they would not estimate when GM would return to making money in the region.


Blast In Illegal China Workshop Kills 13, Hurts 14

August 6, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

It said the family-run workshop, which made locks, was illegal. The blast happened when sparks from a polishing machine ignited dust in the workshop.


Glass Bottle Factory Now Operating At Kalama

August 6, 2012 2:04 pm | by Erik Olson, The Daily News

The Port of Kalama facility made its first production-quality wine bottles last Wednesday, ushering in a new era for a plant that seemed destined for mothballs three years ago.


VA Superfund Site Cleanup Continues

August 6, 2012 2:02 pm | by Star Traylor, The Winchester Star

Before it shut down and declared bankruptcy, Avtex Fibers was cited for violating Virginia's environmental laws with wastewater discharges into the Shenandoah River. 


Judge Denies Apple's Bid For Samsung Sanctions

August 6, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday denied Apple Inc.'s demands for an immediate victory in a multibillion-dollar patent trial.


Spyker To Sue GM Over Failed Saab Takeover

August 6, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press

Spyker Cars NV, the tiny Dutch company that bought Swedish carmaker Saab from General Motors Co., says it is now suing GM for $3 billion in damages.


Steelworkers At WV Constellium Plant Strike

August 6, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

About 700 union workers at Constellium Rolled Products in West Virginia's Jackson County are on strike after contract negotiations broke down.


Touchdown: NASA Rover Curiosity Lands On Mars

August 6, 2012 10:24 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer

In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.


Firefighters Respond To WA Plant Fire

August 6, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

14 people were identified as having been exposed to potentially toxic smoke at Precision Manufacturing.


Tesla Shares Rise On Model S Production Numbers

August 6, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. rose Friday on investor optimism that the electric car company's supply problems are being resolved and the ramp up in production of its key new model is on schedule.


Eastman Kodak Loss Widens In 2Q

August 6, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Eastman Kodak Co. said Friday its second-quarter loss widened as revenue fell while it reorganized under bankruptcy protection.


Industrial Metals Fall On Sluggish Manufacturing

August 3, 2012 2:17 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer

Prices for industrial metals have fallen after new reports showed sluggish manufacturing in the U.S. and China, adding to concerns about slowing growth in the world's two biggest economies.



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