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Hiring Stalls In August

September 2, 2011 5:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.

Head Injury Kills Man At Poultry Plant

September 2, 2011 5:06 am

ORLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance worker was killed in an accident at a chicken-processing plant in northeastern Indiana. The Steuben (stoo-BEN') County coroner says 25-year-old Samuel Worrell of Fremont died from head injuries Thursday at Miller Poultry near the town of Orland.

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Report: Firms Paid More In CEO Pay Than Taxes

September 2, 2011 5:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-five of the 100 largest U.S. corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid the government in federal income taxes last year, according to a report released Wednesday. The nonprofit Institute for Policy Studies says the 25 CEOs averaged $16.7 million in salary and other 2010 compensation.

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MSC's Latest Catalog Features New Products

September 1, 2011 11:02 am

Melville, New York – MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. recently released its latest V80 Metalworking Catalog, which features thousands of new customer solutions from the company’s long list of trusted, industry-leading suppliers. “The MSC team worked extremely hard this past year to make this catalog the most comprehensive of its kind in the metalworking industry,” said David Sandler, president and CEO for MSC Industrial Direct.

Stryker To Buy Concentric Medical For $135M Cash

September 1, 2011 5:43 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Stryker Corp. said Wednesday it will buy Concentric Medical Inc., which makes devices that are used to remove blood clots from the brain, for $135 million in cash. Concentric Medical is based in Mountain View, Calif. Its devices are designed to be inserted into a blood vessel and then be threaded to the brain, where they can remove a blood clot.

Hurricane Closes Tough Summer For Automakers

September 1, 2011 5:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Car sales likely slowed in August because of fewer discounts, worries about the economy and Hurricane Irene, which shut East Coast dealerships during the final weekend of the month. Irene closed out a disappointing summer for automakers, which report U.S. sales on Thursday.

Steuben Glass To Shut Doors After 108 Years

September 1, 2011 5:38 am | by Ben Dobbin, Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The Ohio owner of Steuben Glass, the company still making luxury lead crystal by hand in the United States, said Wednesday that it plans to end production after 108 years. Schottenstein Stores Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, which bought the business from longtime owner Corning Inc.

Apple Blasted For Alleged Pollution By Suppliers

September 1, 2011 5:35 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Apple is defending itself against a fresh barrage of criticism from Chinese environmental activists over alleged pollution by the manufacturers who make its iconic iPhones, iPads and other products. In a report issued Wednesday, a group of nongovernmental organizations accused the technology giant of violating its own corporate responsibility standards by using suppliers it said its investigations found are violating the law and endangering public health by discharging heavy metals and other toxins.

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BMW Recalls SUVs

September 1, 2011 5:33 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — BMW of North America is recalling up to 2,120 of its X5 xDrive 35d sport utility vehicles because its fuel-filter heater could overload and possibly cause a fire. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the model year 2009 vehicles were made between Oct.

Saab Owner Posts $220M Loss In Q2

September 1, 2011 5:32 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab owner Swedish Automobile NV says its losses widened further in the second quarter and that it still hasn't secured the funding needed to keep the ailing car brand afloat. Swedish Automobile — previously known as Spyker — on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of €152 million (nearly $220 million) compared with a loss of €60 million in the same period last year.

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Texas Facility To Expand, Add 114 Jobs

August 31, 2011 9:10 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said a company that makes fuel systems for automotive and other manufacturers is investing $5 million in its Gallatin plant to expand and add 114 new jobs. The Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commission said in a news release Tuesday that ABC Group Fuel Systems is investing $5 million in the plant expansion, and the added jobs will be a combination of full-time production and maintenance positions.

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Hitachi To Open Third KY Plant

August 31, 2011 9:08 am

BEREA, Ky. (AP) — Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. is opening its third plant in Kentucky. The new plant, to be located in Berea in central Kentucky, will make electric drive motors for hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Chevy Volt. The company is investing $74.5 million in the facility, which will create 130 new jobs.

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Early Toyota Model To Go On Display

August 31, 2011 9:01 am

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — One of Toyota's first models sold in the United States should soon be on display at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/p7OUGu ) reports the museum is restoring a dark blue Toyopet Crown Deluxe. The Toyopet was first sold in the United States in 1958 for $2,300.

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Man Dies After Fall At Denim Plant

August 31, 2011 9:00 am

LIBERTY, S.C. (AP) — A 41-year-old man has died after falling into a machine while he was working at the Liberty Denim plant. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelly says the accident happened around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. Kelly says the man's name has not been released. An autopsy will be performed.

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Government Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

August 31, 2011 8:59 am | by Joelle Tessler, Pete Yost, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers. The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and that would lead to price increases.

U.S. Factory Orders Up In July

August 31, 2011 8:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory orders rose strongly in July on the biggest jump in demand for autos in more than eight years and a surge in commercial airplane orders. The increase suggests supply chain disruptions created by the Japan crisis are easing. Factory orders climbed 2.

Japan Automakers To Expand Operations

August 31, 2011 5:25 am

NAGOYA, Aug. 31 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. and other major automakers in Japan will restart their operations on Thursdays from September after having to shift them to the weekends due to power shortages triggered by the March 11 earthquake. The carmakers suspended operations on Thursdays and Fridays in July and August to avoid boosting electricity consumption during busy hours under the initiative of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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Plant In ND Saved In Brink Of Time

August 31, 2011 5:22 am

OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A plant in the southeast North Dakota city of Oakes that was slated for closure at the end of August was saved when it was bought by a locally owned company. Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Harris Machine Co. has purchased the JLG Industries plant in the community of about 1,700 people and plans to expand it.

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Intersystems Plans $10M NE Expansion

August 31, 2011 5:20 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska company is planning to spend $10 million expanding its manufacturing plant in Omaha and hire about 30 more workers. Intersystems, which makes equipment for grain elevators, processing plants and port facilities, announced its plans on Tuesday. Its products help sort grains, powders, rock and wood chips.

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Person Burned After Steam Explosion

August 31, 2011 5:17 am

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say at least one person was burned in an explosion at a northwest Georgia manufacturing plant. Rome-Floyd County Fire Chief Gordon Henderson tells the Rome News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/nLyfN6) that one person was being treated for steam burns. He did not know the extent of the person's injuries.

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