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Officials Investigate 2.7 Million F-150s With Bad Fuel Tanks

May 9, 2011 9:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating a fuel tank problem that could affect more than 2.7 million Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that the steel straps holding up the truck's gas tank can rust and break, possibly causing a fuel spill and fire.

Nvidia Buys Icera To Compete In Mobile Marketplace

May 9, 2011 8:58 am

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nvidia Corp., which makes processing chips for phones and tablet computers, said Monday that it will buy Icera Inc., a British maker of data-modem chips for wireless devices, for $367 million in cash. The acquisition complements Nvidia's line of Tegra processing chips, and sets the company up to compete against Qualcomm Inc.

Test Drive America

May 9, 2011 8:46 am | by Chris Kilcullen, America's Got Product

With our national debt at crisis levels and the stubborn unemployment continuing to hamper our recovery, AmericasGotProduct.com is asking every American to get out and Test Drive America during the month of June! “In March of this year, we the people bought just over 1.2 million cars and trucks according to the Wall Street Journal and MotorIntelligence.

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Union: GM To Add 400 Jobs At Toledo, Ohio Plant

May 9, 2011 8:29 am

DETROIT (AP) — A union official says General Motors plans to add 250 to 400 jobs at its transmission factory in Toledo, Ohio. Local union President Ray Wood says GM will invest $260 million to build fuel-efficient, eight-speed automatic transmissions in Toledo starting late next year. CEO Dan Akerson and United Auto Workers Vice President Joe Ashton are scheduled to make the announcement on Monday, along with local and state elected officials.

Biden, Clinton Lecture China On Human Rights Violations

May 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both expressed concerns on Monday about the recent security crackdown that has occurred in China. Biden and Clinton jointly raised the issue at the opening session of two days of high level talks between the United States and China.

Nation's Billionaires Gather To Give Away Fortunes

May 9, 2011 8:20 am | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press

What do dozens of American billionaires talk about when they get together? Their topic this week was of course money; not how to make it, but how to give it away. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday that a private gathering was a great chance for the billionaires who have pledged to give away at least half their wealth to meet each other, compare notes, eat and laugh.

Crews Battle Fire At Los Angeles-Area Food Company

May 9, 2011 8:06 am

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) — A fire feeding on soybean oil at a frozen food plant sent flames soaring through the roof Monday and created a towering plume of smoke that was seen for miles around the eastern Los Angeles suburb. About 150 firefighters from several departments fought the blaze, which was reported by employees at about 5:30 a.

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ABB Acquires Mincom For Better Software Offerings

May 9, 2011 7:03 am

Zurich, Switzerland — ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire Mincom to broaden its software portfolio and establish the Group as a leader in enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services. ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum.

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Saab Taps Subaru Exec To Run North American Operations

May 9, 2011 5:08 am

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Saab named an executive from Subaru on Monday to run its North American operations. The struggling Swedish automaker said Timothy Colbeck would be the president and chief operating officer overseeing its largest market. Colbeck has 25 years of U.S. auto industry experience with Subaru in sales, e-business, finance and other areas, Saab said.

How A 'Networker' Became A Spy For China

May 9, 2011 4:49 am | by Pauline Arrillaga, AP National Writer

Locked in a federal penitentiary in the Arizona desert, Tai Kuo spends his days helping with the cooking, teaching language classes and tennis, making new friends. The convicted spy, it seems, has become a mentor. This surprises no one. Not the prosecutors who charged him. Not his old friends or colleagues, some of whom stand behind him still.

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U.S., China To Discuss Trade, Currency, Human Rights

May 9, 2011 4:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's massive trade deficit with China, currency rates and human rights concerns will all be on the agenda when top officials from the United States and China sit down for high-level talks this week. The annual meetings will bring together top officials from both countries representing dozens of government agencies in the areas of trade and finance, and foreign policy.

Chinese Authorities Investigate Lead Poisoning Breakout

May 9, 2011 4:41 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Authorities are investigating heavy metals poisoning in a village in eastern China after discovering that dozens of people living near a lead battery plant were sickened. Local authorities in Deqing, a village near the scenic city of Hangzhou, west of Shanghai, said Monday they ordered that nearly 2,000 people be given free blood tests.

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Obama Turns Chatter Back To Economic Recovery

May 9, 2011 4:38 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reassuring the public that jobs and the economy are his top priority. At the end of a historic and emotionally charged week that began with his nationally televised announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan during a raid by U.

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Toyota To Lose No. 1 Spot Sometime This Year

May 9, 2011 4:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., which is likely to lose its spot as the world's No. 1 automaker to General Motors Co. later this year, reports its fiscal fourth quarter results Wednesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Toyota's production capacity was sorely hurt by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11.

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Apollo-Soyuz-Era Spacesuit Fetches $240,000 At Auction

May 6, 2011 9:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian spacesuit worn during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project skyrocketed to $242,000 at a New York City auction. Bonhams had estimated it at $100,000 to $150,000. The auction house didn't disclose the buyer of the Sokol K pressure suit. The Apollo-Soyuz marked the first multinational manned spaceflight.

Markets Surge At News Of Forecast-Busting Jobs Numbers

May 6, 2011 9:30 am | by Pan Plyas, AP Business Writer

LONDON (AP) — A forecast-busting U.S. jobs survey on Friday eased concerns that the world's largest economy was slowing down, sending stocks and the dollar higher. Worries about the U.S. recovery's pace had grown over the past few days following a run of soft economic data. Commodity prices took the brunt of the sell-off amid worries of waning demand for crude, metals and raw materials.

Japan Seeks More Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

May 6, 2011 9:13 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan urged a power company Friday to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plantwhile a seawall and other structures are built to ensure a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second radiation crisis. The move came as the government is conducting a safety review of all Japan's 54 nuclear reactors after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 25,000 people dead and missing on the northeast coast.

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GM's Chinese Sales Drop 5 Percent As Growth Cools

May 6, 2011 8:56 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. and its joint ventures sold 203,367 vehicles in China in April, down nearly 5 percent from a year earlier as growth cools in the world's largest auto market. GM said Friday that sales by its flagship venture Shanghai GM rose 7.4 percent to 96,219 vehicles in April.

Superior Industries Exec Pleads Guilty To Wire-Fraud

May 6, 2011 8:53 am

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former finance executive at the Superior Industries plant in Fayetteville has pleaded guilty to a federal wire-fraud charge, admitting she embezzled almost $400,000 from the maker of aluminum automotive wheels. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says Mary Benz of Bella Vista entered the plea Thursday as part of an agreement with the U.

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Obama: Economy Is Strong Enough To Survive Challenges

May 6, 2011 8:49 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Refocusing on the nation's economic struggles, President Barack Obama welcomed news Friday that the economy unexpectedly added more than 200,000 jobs last month. "We are regaining our footing," he said. The president spoke during a visit to a transmission plant in Indianapolis, even as the killing of Osama bin Laden continued to dominate headlines and much of the president's time.

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