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Japan Unions Demand Lower Auto Taxes

November 7, 2011 4:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Surrounded by dozens of cardboard boxes packed with 4 million petition signatures, the presidents of major Japanese automakers demanded Monday the end of what they called exorbitant taxes on cars that threaten to hollow out manufacturing and wipe out jobs. The plea from the heads of Toyota Motor Corp.

Ford To Upgrade Glitch-Prone MyFord Touch

November 7, 2011 4:32 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co., stung by falling quality ratings because of its glitch-prone MyFord Touch system, is planning a major upgrade that it hopes will fix the problems — and repair its own reputation. Early next year, Ford is sending flash drives with a software upgrade to approximately 250,000 U.

Most Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

November 7, 2011 4:30 am

B y Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment.

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GM Recalls 38,000 Pontiac G8s Over Air-Bag Issue

November 7, 2011 4:28 am | by The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,400 Pontiac G8 models made in Australia to reprogram the front-passenger air-bag module. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that the air-bag modules for the 2008 and 2009 models might not comply with federal standards for head injury protection.

Textainer 3Q Profit Rises 50 Percent

November 4, 2011 9:21 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Textainer Group, which leases shipping containers, reported that its third-quarter net income jumped nearly 50 percent as the size of its fleet, the percentage of containers it leased and the rates it charged all increased. The Bermuda company posted earnings of $45.

India Reviews Bids In $11B Fighter Jet Deal

November 4, 2011 9:19 am | by Ashok Sharma, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Defense Ministry has begun reviewing competing bids from Eurofighter and Dassault for the purchase of 126 multi-role combat aircraft worth about $11 billion. Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said officials met with representatives of the European competitors on Friday and are expected to take six to eight weeks to pick the winning bidder.

Court Tosses $43M Award Against Ford

November 4, 2011 9:17 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a jury's $43 million award against Ford Motor Co. for a fiery crash near Granite City that killed a man and disfigured his wife. John and Dora Jablonski in July 2003 were headed home to Florissant, Mo., when they were hit from behind.

Obama: Economic Recovery Is Too Slow

November 4, 2011 9:15 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. economy is growing "way too slow" but that leaders at a world summit have made progress at getting their countries on a firmer footing. "Put simply, the world faces challenges that put our economic recovery at risk," Obama said in a news conference at the meeting of the 20 major developed and emerging economies as he promoted a jobs theme central to his re-election campaign.

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AT&T Extends Closing Date Of T-Mobile Deal

November 4, 2011 9:13 am

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says the deal to buy T-Mobile USA may take until the middle of next year to close, three months later than originally envisioned, as it fights antitrust regulators. AT&T announced the $39 billion acquisition in March, saying it hoped to complete it in a year.

DuPont Must Prove No Contamination From WV Site

November 4, 2011 9:11 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental regulators want DuPont to submit plans for determining whether seepage and runoff from the site of a former zinc-smelting plant in north-central West Virginia are contaminating groundwater or streams. A resident who lives near the former smelter in Spelter went to the state Department of Environmental Protection earlier this year with concerns about both new seeps she spotted at the site and surface drainage ditches that go into Simpson Creek.

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BMW Net Profit Rose 23.8 Percent

November 4, 2011 5:07 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany automaker BMW AG said net profit rose 23.8 percent in the third quarter on stronger sales of newer models such as its 5-series sedan and compact 1-series. But it warned about the impact of Europe's sovereign debt crisis on growth in coming quarters. The company's results were slightly higher than analyst expectations and it reaffirmed its profit target for the year.

Chobani Yogurt Maker Plans Plant In Twin Falls

November 4, 2011 5:05 am

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Executives from New York-based Agro Farma have picked Twin Falls as the home for a new western manufacturing plant for its Chobani yogurt. Company officials joined state and local leaders Thursday to announce plans to build a $100 million production facility and add 400 jobs to the local economy, the Times-News reported (http://bit.

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Report Blasts China, Russia For Cybercrime

November 4, 2011 5:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyberattacks by Chinese and Russian intelligence services, as well corporate hackers in those countries, have swallowed up large amounts of high-tech American research and development data, and that stolen information has helped build their economies, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded.

GM Brings Jobs To MO

November 4, 2011 4:59 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's once robust auto industry is making a comeback, with more good news Thursday: General Motors Co. will add pickup trucks to its line of products made in Wentzville, creating more than 1,200 new jobs. The announcement by GM Vice President of Labor Relations Cathy Clegg came two weeks after Ford announced it was adding 1,600 jobs to build transit vans at its Claycomo plant in Kansas City.

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U.S. Added 80K Jobs In October

November 4, 2011 4:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and job growth in the two previous months was much stronger than first thought, an encouraging sign as the nation searches for a way out of the jobs crisis. The unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.1 percent, the first time it has fallen since July, the government said Friday.

Chemical Plant Leak Sends Workers To Hospital

November 4, 2011 4:53 am

DOVER, Ohio (AP) — A leak of vapor at a chemical plant in eastern Ohio has sent three workers to the hospital and led authorities to restrict traffic in the area. Fire Chief Russ Volkert in Dover tells The Times-Reporter (http://bit.ly/rPetmk ) the public was never in danger from Thursday evening's incident at Dover Chemical Corp.

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Like A Rock: Chevy Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 3, 2011 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — We saw the USA in them. We drove them to the levee. We even worked on our night moves in their back seats. For a century, Chevrolets won America's love with their safety, convenience, style and speed — even if sometimes they were clunky, or had problems with rust or their rear suspensions.

Birdhouse Maker Cited For 22 OSHA Violations

November 3, 2011 9:52 am

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — A small Wisconsin manufacturer of metal birdhouses has been cited for 22 alleged safety violations. A federal workplace agency says Gardner Equipment Co. failed to take adequate steps to ensure its employees' safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 22 violations at the company's Columbus and Juneau facilities.

Judge Rules Sprint, C Spire Can Sue AT&T

November 3, 2011 9:50 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cell phone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA. AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.

Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall

November 3, 2011 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers increased their productivity this summer by the largest amount in a year and half, and they cost their employers less. The trend is good for corporate profits but not necessarily for job growth. The Labor Department says productivity rose at an annual rate of 3.

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