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2013 Escape: Ford's Compact SUV Goes Lux

May 2, 2012 2:19 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press

With European-style handling, luxury looks, surprising refinement and new features for 2013, Ford's compact sport utility vehicle, the Escape, doesn't seem like an Escape anymore.

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Nokia Files Suits Against HTC, RIM, Viewsonic

May 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Nokia says it has filed claims in the United States and Germany alleging that products from HTC Corp., Research in Motion and Viewsonic Corp. infringe a number of its patents.

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Hopeful Manufacturing News Pushes Up Copper

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

Hopeful signs about manufacturing sent copper and energy prices higher Tuesday.

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$5.7M Rubberlite Expansion To Create WV Jobs

May 2, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Rubberlite Inc. has completed a $5.7 million expansion and is hiring 30 new employees in Huntington, W.Va.

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U.S. Factory Orders Fell By Most In 3 Years

May 2, 2012 10:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Demand for U.S. manufactured goods dropped by the most in three years in March, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft.

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EPA Gets $39.2M In GM Settlement

May 2, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press

A settlement between the federal government and the entity handling leftover business from when General Motors Corp. entered bankruptcy proceedings means $39.2 million will go to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Surveys Give Mixed Picture Of China Manufacturing

May 2, 2012 10:26 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

A survey released Wednesday showed manufacturing contracted in April for the sixth straight month, though the rate of deterioration had slowed.

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German Metal Workers Called To Strike Over Pay

May 2, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

The IG Metall union says some 800 workers at a Daimler AG auto plant in Duesseldorf went on strike in the early hours of Wednesday and others are expected to follow.

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Panasonic Mulls Shifting Battery Production To China

May 2, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

Panasonic Corp. is planning to close its Kaizuka plant within fiscal 2012 and shift its lithium ion battery production to Suzhou, sources said.

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SPX 1Q Profit Falls On Acquisition-Related Costs

May 2, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Diversified manufacturer SPX Corp. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit tumbled 42 percent, pulled down by hefty charges related to a recent acquisition.

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April A Hit-Or-Miss Month For Automakers

May 1, 2012 2:27 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Toyota and Chrysler saw big U.S. sales gains in April, but they came at the expense of General Motors and Ford.

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RIM Pins Future On New Software

May 1, 2012 2:26 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Research In Motion's new chief executive unveiled the BlackBerry 10 operating system running on a prototype device.

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NJ Stops $100M In False Unemployment Claims

May 1, 2012 2:23 pm | by Andrew Duffelmeyer

The department is using new hire directories to determine if beneficiaries have returned to work, and payment is stopped when a match is found.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace Since June

May 1, 2012 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months. New orders, production, and a measure of hiring all rose.

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Bombardier To Supply Aircraft For WestJet Airlines

May 1, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Calgary-based airline announced it will take delivery of up to 45 turboprop planes over the next six years. Until now, the airline has exclusively used Boeing jets in its fleet.

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Oil Prices Rise On U.S. Manufacturing Improvement

May 1, 2012 2:16 pm | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer

Oil prices rose Tuesday after a strong showing by the U.S. manufacturing sector signaled more demand for energy products.

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Union Workers Strike At IL Caterpillar Plant

May 1, 2012 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Union workers have rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer and walked off the job at Caterpillar's plant in Joliet.

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Hyundai To Add 877 Jobs At AL Plant

May 1, 2012 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hyundai Motor Co. plans to hire 877 more workers to add a third shift at its Montgomery, Alabama, assembly plant so it can crank out more Sonata midsize cars and Elantra compacts.

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Chrysler Sales Rise 20 Percent In April

May 1, 2012 10:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Toyota's resurgence is hurting rivals. Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. are both expected to report double-digit sales declines in April, according to Kelley Blue Book.

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China Says Manufacturing Expanded Again

May 1, 2012 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing expanded for a fifth straight month in April in data that analysts say indicate the country's economic activity is picking up moderately.

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