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India Shines As New Star In Solar Power Market

May 21, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

With the global solar power market saddled with oversupply from Chinese makers while demand shrinks in Europe amid the region's debt crisis, eyes have turned to India as one of the fastest growing new markets.

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DEP To Detail Mercury Cleanup At Ex-PA Plant

May 21, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

The Pennsylvania DEP will hold a public hearing to detail the steps the agency has taken to clean up liquid mercury found at the former industrial plant site.

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RG Steel Eyeing Asset Sales, Spokeswoman Confirms

May 21, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

RG Steel spokeswoman Bette Kovach confirmed reports that potential buyers have expressed interest in acquiring company facilities and all options are on the table.

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Mitsubishi Electric President Apologizes For Scandal

May 21, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Yamanishi apologized for a bill-padding scandal in which the company overcharged for space-related projects ordered by the Defense Ministry and other institutions.

First Electric Car Network Rolls Out In Israel

May 21, 2012 10:24 am | by Amy Teibel, Associated Press

The concept: to wean the world from oil and eliminate the biggest hurdles to environmentally friendly electric cars — high cost and limited range.

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German Union, Employers Agree On 4.3 Percent Raise

May 21, 2012 10:22 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

Germany's biggest industrial union and employers have reached a deal that includes a 4.3 percent wage raise for the sector's 3.6 million workers, both sides said.

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Transferred GM Workers Adjust To Life In Lansing

May 21, 2012 10:21 am | by Lindsay Vanhulle, Lansing State Journal

For some of them, the choice to take a three-year transfer wasn't much of a choice at all: Anything to stay employed. But the 600-mile commute can get tiring.

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MA Senate Passes Auto 'Right-To-Repair' Bill

May 21, 2012 10:18 am | by Shannon Young, Associated Press

Lawmakers are debating if car manufacturers should be required to provide software needed to diagnose car trouble to independent repair shops and vehicle owners.

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Fire Risk Prompts Recall Of Nearly 87,000 Jeeps

May 21, 2012 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Debris can get caught between a plate that protects the transmission and the catalytic converter, causing a fire.

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Google Gets China OK For Motorola Deal

May 21, 2012 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Buying Motorola allows Google to expand into manufacturing phones, tablet computers, and other consumer devices for the first time.

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Study: Safety Inspections Don't Hurt Profits

May 18, 2012 1:54 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

While businesses bemoan the cost of regulations, a new study suggests that government enforcement of workplace health and safety rules can save lives without sapping a company's bottom line.

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Reports: HP Poised To Cut Up To 30,000 Jobs

May 18, 2012 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard is poised to eliminate as many as 30,000 jobs to compensate for dwindling demand for personal computers, according to recent reports.

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$600K OSHA Settlement In Bostik Plant Blast

May 18, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department says it has reached a $600,000 settlement with adhesives manufacturer Bostik Inc., over workplace safety citations related to a March 2011 explosion.

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Nucor To Buy ArcelorMittal Unit For $605M

May 18, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Steel recycler Nucor Corp. said Friday that it plans to buy a steel distribution unit of ArcelorMittal for $605 million, expanding its reach in the North American construction industry.

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Kodak To Add 40 Jobs At CO Plant

May 18, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Eastman Kodak is planning to add positions in its coating and finishing operations in CO as part of an operations shutdown at the company's headquarters in NY.

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Toyota To Increase V6 Engine Production In AL

May 18, 2012 1:45 pm | by Toyota

The approximately $80 million investment will bring total plant investment to more than $700 million. Approximately 125 new jobs will be created, increasing employment nearly 10 percent to 1,150.

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China Rejects U.S. Ruling In Solar Dumping Case

May 18, 2012 10:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government rejected a U.S. antidumping ruling against its solar power equipment makers and Chinese manufacturers warned possible higher tariffs might hurt efforts to promote clean energy.

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Caterpillar Shares Fall On 3-Month Sales Figures

May 18, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. fell Thursday after the maker of heavy equipment reported slower growth in dealer sales.

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U.S. Unemployment Applications Stay At 370,000

May 18, 2012 10:11 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting modest but steady gains in the job market.

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Japan's Economy Grew 4.1 Percent Amid Recovery

May 18, 2012 10:10 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan's economy grew an at annual rate of 4.1 percent in the first quarter amid a gradual recovery from last year's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

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