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Morocco Promotes Solar Energy With Plane Landing

June 6, 2012 10:15 am | by Paul Schemm, Associated Press

Solar Impulse is a single-seat aircraft fitted with 12,000 solar cells across a wingspan similar to that of a large commercial jet airliner.

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Corbett Defends Proposed Shell Tax Break

June 6, 2012 10:13 am | by Peter Jackson, Associated Press

Defending his proposed $1.7 billion tax break for a planned petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday the facility would be a major step toward rebuilding the state's manufacturing sector.

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Wind Power Execs: Tax Credit Needed For Jobs

June 6, 2012 10:11 am | by Ashley Hopkinson, Associated Press

A stalled effort to renew federal tax credits for the wind power industry is making it hard to keep employees on the payroll and plan for expansion, a group of executives said.

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Kia Recalls SUVs To Fix Brake Pedal Mounts

June 6, 2012 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 22,000 Borrego SUVs because the brake pedal mounts can break during collisions.

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PA's Zippo Produces 500 Millionth Lighter

June 5, 2012 2:09 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press

The 500 millionth lighter produced by the family-owned Zippo Manufacturing Co. in northwestern Pennsylvania didn't exactly roll off the assembly line Tuesday.

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U.S. Economic Outlook Worsens After Jobs Report

June 5, 2012 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The faltering U.S. job market has prompted economists to take a much dimmer view of the country's growth prospects.

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OSHA Investigating 2 Fatal Blasts In 2 Weeks

June 5, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The Pascagoula fertilizer factory said it is cooperating with all government agencies and gathering information to pinpoint the causes of both explosions.

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Deere Plans $47M Investment In Moline Plant

June 5, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Deere and Co. plans to invest $47 million to expand manufacturing at its cylinder operations in Moline.

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BlackBerry Maker RIM's Stock Sinks Below $10

June 5, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The maker of the BlackBerry mobile device has steadily lost ground to Apple Inc.'s iPhone as well as phones that run Google Inc.'s Android software, such as Samsung's.

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Kuraray To Set Up New TX Resin Factory

June 5, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

The chemical product manufacturer said it will invest about 20B yen to establish a new polyvinyl alcohol resin production facility in Texas, with its production slated to start in 2014.

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Crystal Sugar, Union Returning To Bargaining Table

June 5, 2012 10:05 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The two sides are set to resume talks Friday after the union asked a federal mediator to help end the contract dispute.

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Kia Recalls Nearly 73,000 Rios For Air Bag Problem

June 5, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

A sensor inside the front passenger seat can crack and fail to detect whether a child is sitting in the seat.

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Boeing Drone Completes 1st Flight

June 5, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

A new Boeing unmanned drone that is designed to stay airborne for days has completed its first autonomous flight at Edwards Air Force Base, despite a rocky landing.

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RG Steel Shutdown Affects Hundreds In Ohio

June 5, 2012 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

A local union leader says more than 260 workers have been laid off at a northeast Ohio steel mill as Maryland-based RG Steel prepares to shut down its plant in Warren.

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Toyota-Affiliated Company To Build Indonesia Plant

June 5, 2012 10:00 am | by Kyodo News International

Toyoda Iron Works Co. plans to invest about 1.2 billion yen to build a new plant to produce molds in Indonesia, company officials said.

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Westport Innovations Inks Deal With Caterpillar

June 5, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Westport Innovations Inc. said it reached a deal with Caterpillar Inc. to jointly develop natural gas engines for off-road equipment including mining trucks and trains.

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$67M Tax Break For Proposed Pa. Refinery

June 4, 2012 2:01 pm | by Peter Jackson, Associated Press

The credits would not become available until 2017, but they are meant to share the costs of the multibillion-dollar project.

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AT&T: Data-Only Plans Coming For Phones In Two Years

June 4, 2012 1:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

A logical extension of current wireless trends, phone calls and texts would be considered as just another form of data.

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Fisker Expands Recall Of Karma Hybrid

June 4, 2012 1:42 pm

Fisker Automotive is expanding a recall of its 2012 plug-in hybrid Karma because of potential problems with the electric car's battery.

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U.S. Factory Orders Fell 0.6 Percent In April

June 4, 2012 1:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Even with the declines, factory orders are well above their recession lows.

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