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U.S. Employers Posted 3.74M March Jobs

May 8, 2012 2:15 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. companies in March posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months after slowing this spring.


Jury Deadlocks On Key Issue In Google-Oracle Trial

May 8, 2012 10:35 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Although the jury decided Android infringes on some of Java's copyrights, the five men and seven women on the panel were divided on whether Google's actions were permissible under "fair use" protections of U.S. law.


Energy Conversion Devices To Cut 300 Jobs

May 8, 2012 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

The solar energy product maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. says it's cutting about 300 jobs as it cancels an auction of its solar panel unit.


Self-Driving Cars Set For NV Test Drive

May 8, 2012 10:32 am | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press

Nevada drivers could soon be sharing the road with vehicles that don't need them. Department of Motor Vehicles officials said they've issued Google the nation's first license to test self-driving cars on public streets.


Electric Toyota RAV4 To Start Near $50,000

May 8, 2012 10:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday the electric RAV4 will cost $49,800 when it goes on sale this summer. That's more than double the starting price of the gas version.


Teacher Starting Biodiesel Fuel Plant In MI

May 8, 2012 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

Bill Koucky's Northwest Michigan Biodiesel LLC plant is expected to be in full production within weeks, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.


Small Biz Optimism Rose In April But Still Weak

May 8, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

Small business owners recovered some of their optimism during April, but they're still wary about the economy.


Ford Settles Lawsuit Over 2003 Crash

May 7, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against Ford that alleged defects in tires on the Ford Bronco were a substantial factor in a crash that left a man paralyzed.


Denso To Build Auto Parts Plant In India

May 7, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

The major auto parts manufacturer will supply products to Japan's Suzuki and other automakers in the country to keep pace with India's expanding auto market.


Oil Price Drops To Lowest Of 2012

May 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer

Oil prices declined after voters in Europe rejected leaders who supported austerity measures to fix the struggling economy. Analysts warned that the election results could derail the recovery.


Etihad Cancels 7 Airbus A350 Orders

May 7, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Etihad still has orders for 12 of the aircraft, a rival of Boeing's 777, according to Airbus' website.


Westlake Chemical Drops Bid For Georgia Gulf

May 7, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Westlake Chemical Corp. said Friday that it withdrew a $1.2 billion offer to buy Georgia Gulf Corp. and will sell its stock in the company.


ABB Launches Electric Auto Fast Charger In U.S. Market

May 7, 2012 2:19 pm

ABB has entered the market with the launch of its Terra 51 direct current charger, marking the start of a massive infrastructure rollout to drive the adoption of electric mobility.


Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers Recalled

May 7, 2012 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling 119,072 cars after discovering that the antilock brake and electronic stability control systems can fail because of an overheated power supply.


Court Allows Hawker Beechcraft To Pay Workers

May 7, 2012 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft said in a news release that it also received permission to pay all vendors and suppliers for goods and services delivered after the bankruptcy filing.

Blasts At Thai Petrochemical Plant Kill 12

May 7, 2012 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say explosions and a fire at one of the world's largest petrochemical industrial estates have killed 12 people and injured more than 100 others in eastern Thailand.


Mitsubishi Motors To Send Surplus Workers To Nissan

May 7, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. cut operating hours at its Mizushima plant due to sluggish exports, and plans to send some 500 surplus workers to other plants.


OH Auto Equipment Maker To Add 130 Jobs

May 7, 2012 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Grob Systems in Bluffton plans to add about 130 jobs and The Courier newspaper reports the company is seeking nearly $11 million in state loans for the expansion. 


Elpida Plans To Select Micron As Rehabilitation Sponsor

May 7, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

Elpida is the only Japanese maker of dynamic random access memory chips used in personal computers and smartphones, and filed for bankruptcy protection in February.


U.S. Economy Recovering But Not Accelerating

May 4, 2012 2:01 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Economists surveyed by The Associated Press expect growth to pick up this year, though not enough to lower unemployment much.



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