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Plans For Pellet Plant Hinge On MN Bill

March 13, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

The legislation exempts the proposed Magnetation Inc. pellet plant in Itasca County from certain state environmental reviews.

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Dow Chemical Plans For MI Dioxin Cleanup

March 13, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

The plan will let Dow sample soil at up to 1,400 residential properties in Midland, home of its corporate headquarters.

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Romania Invests $97.5M To Help Ford Production

March 13, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The Romanian government says it will invest $97.5M of state aid to help production at its compact van factory Romania.

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Unemployment Fell In 45 States In January

March 13, 2012 2:18 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The unemployment rate fell in 45 U.S. states in January, a sign that nearly all of the country is benefiting from an improving economy and job market.

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U.S., EU, Japan Challenge China Over Minerals Trade

March 13, 2012 10:20 am | by Don Melvin, Associated Press

The United States, the European Union, and Japan filed complaints with the WTO charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths that are vital to the production of technology components.

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Honda To Open Motorcycle Factory In Indonesia

March 13, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. said it plans to open a new motorcycle plant in Indonesia with an annual output capacity of 1.1M units to meet growing local demand.

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MO Offering Incentives To Invensys Controls

March 13, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Missouri is offering $1.1 million of incentives for an expansion of Invensys Controls that Gov. Jay Nixon says could create 200 jobs.

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More Than 1,000 Workers To Join Electrolux Lawsuit

March 13, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Former employees of a now-shuttered washer and dryer plant are expected to join a class-action lawsuit seeking back pay for time spent putting on protective equipment before shifts.

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Apple Says iPad Trademark Demands Unfair

March 13, 2012 10:13 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

In its latest statement on a simmering dispute over the iPad brand name, Apple said that Proview's insistence that it still owns the mainland China iPad trademarks is misleading and unfair.

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Carmakers: Target Distracting Handheld Devices

March 13, 2012 10:11 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Drivers will switch from using distracting devices built into car dashboards to using even more distracting handheld devices unless the government addresses both issues, automakers warned.

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WTO Rules Boeing Got $5B In Illegal Subsidies

March 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

The World Trade Organization ruled that U.S. planemaker Boeing received more than $5B in illegal government subsidies, much less than what European arch-rival Airbus received.

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Prisons Won't Take KY Company's Military Contract

March 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Roger Alford, Associated Press

Workers at a Campbellsville factory that makes T-shirts for U.S. soldiers won't have to fear losing their jobs to prisoners.

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Brazil Wants Mexico To Limit Car Exports

March 12, 2012 2:13 pm | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press

The Brazilian government officially asked Mexico to set a $1.4B annual limit on the auto exports it ships to Brazil, an official with direct knowledge of trade talks between the nations said.

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Visteon Sells Automotive Lighting Unit For $92M

March 12, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Visteon said the sale will allow it to concentrate on making climate-control and electronics products for vehicle manufacturers and on its joint ventures.

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SC Plant To Use Manufacturing Debris For Power

March 12, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

The Savannah River Site is celebrating a new power plant that will provide half the power the site needs by burning debris that would have been thrown away.

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India Car Sales Highest Ever, Industrial Output Up

March 12, 2012 2:07 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

India's president, Pratibha Patil, sought to reassure Parliament that the economy will regain its high growth trajectory.

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Apple's Market Clout Likely To Draw More Scrutiny

March 12, 2012 10:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

As the world's most valuable company sets out to define and dominate the rapidly evolving markets it created with the iPhone and iPad, Apple is likely to face antitrust regulators who want to curb its power.

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Economic Spying Case Over China, Chemical Grows

March 12, 2012 10:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

U.S. prosecutors say Chinese Communist leaders decreed that obtaining DuPont's manufacturing method of "titanium white" was a national economic and scientific imperative.

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Feds Investigate Ford Tauruses For Stuck Throttles

March 12, 2012 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cruise control cable may become detached and hold the throttle open.

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Volkswagen Targeting Revenue Rise In 2012

March 12, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest carmaker by sales, said Monday it was targeting a further increase in deliveries and revenues in 2012 despite difficult trading conditions in some European countries.

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