DOVER, Delaware (AP) — New court documents show the founder and former CEO of solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. negotiated a severance package worth almost half a million dollars. Documents the company filed in bankruptcy court in Delaware also show the executive, Chris Gronet, was terminated July 1, almost two months before Solyndra announced he was leaving.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of Boeing experts from the United States are expected in Poland on Wednesday to help authorities with removing from a runway a jetliner that landed on its belly after its landing gear failed to open, officials said. Heavy fog, meanwhile, grounded planes at several Polish airports even as Warsaw's international airport remained closed following a dramatic emergency landing on Tuesday of a Boeing airliner from the U.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. have rejected the latest contract offer from the company. Union officials announced Tuesday that 92 percent of union members participated in the secret ballot, and 90 percent voted against the proposal. Union spokesman John Riskey said in a statement that employees want to work, but will not accept a contract that "puts our jobs and the entire community at risk.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Amalgamated Sugar Co. sugar beet processing plant in Nampa has reached an agreement to cut its nitrogen oxide output to help reduce air pollution in the region around the plant. The sugar maker has a preliminary agreement with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to spent $8 million to install nitrogen-oxide burners on three coal and natural gas boilers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — RTI International Metals Inc., which makes and supplies titanium mill products, said Tuesday that it swung to a third-quarter profit as revenue spiked 40 percent higher. The company, based in Pittsburgh, said demand for titanium remains strong as production increases announced at aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus offset weakness in the defense industry.
DETROIT (AP) — The former chief executive of auto-parts maker Delphi has been ordered to pay $215,000 for misrepresenting a financial transaction with General Motors back in 2000. The decision Monday by Detroit federal Judge Avern Cohn comes months after a jury said J.T. Battenberg III was liable for bookkeeping errors and misrepresentations to accountants.
NEW YORK (AP) — The first two phones to run on AT&T's new high-speed data network will go on sale Sunday. The phones are the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both are big touchscreen smartphones that run Google Inc.'s Android software. They'll cost $200 and $250 respectively, with a two-year service contract requirement.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Even if Europe dodges a financial meltdown, it may not be able to avoid a recession. The deal European leaders reached last week to defuse the continent's debt crisis was thrown into turmoil Tuesday by the Greek prime minister's surprise move to call a referendum on Greece's latest rescue package.
DETROIT (AP) — Car buyers were out in force in October, snapping up trucks and SUVs and taking advantage of deals on Japanese cars. U.S. car and truck sales were expected to top 1 million in October, a surprising number for a month when sales are usually slow. When adjusted for seasonal factors, that would be the best pace since the Cash for Clunkers program in August 2009.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials say a new cultivated diamond facility in Greenville County is expected to create 70 jobs. Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday that Scio (SIGH'-oh) Diamond Technology Corp.'s decision to establish its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations in South Carolina shows the state's competitiveness as a place for businesses to locate.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amtrak officials say they have no beef with using cattle-based biodiesel to power their Heartland Flyer train. The railroad said Monday that a mix of beef tallow and diesel fuel effectively powered the passenger train's 3,200-horsepower engine. Following a yearlong test on the rails between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, an evaluation found that the fuel blend met industry standards, engine wear was limited and emissions were below federal limits for the type of engine using it.
SHANGHAI (AP) — China's high-flying economy is starting to lose altitude. The big question is whether the world's economic superstar will shrink gradually — or so fast that it harms a fragile global economy. China's comedown is being engineered by its policymakers. They want to slow expansion just enough to cool inflation without sapping job growth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Metals prices started the week lower as investors sold contracts to reap gains from this months' rally. Gold and silver fell Monday, as did industrial metals like copper and palladium. The price of copper shot up 15 percent last week and gold jumped nearly 7 percent.
BEIJING (AP) — Cyber attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets, a U.S. computer security company said Tuesday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime linked to this country. The targets included 29 chemical companies and 19 others that make advanced materials used by the military, California-based Symantec Corp.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its ambitions for high-tech health care Tuesday, displaying experimental robots that the auto giant says can lift disabled patients from their hospital beds or help them walk. The company aims to commercialize products such as its "independent walk assist" device sometime after 2013 — seeking to position itself in an industry with great potential in Japan, one of the world's most rapidly aging nations.
DETROIT (AP) — American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc., a supplier to General Motors Co., said Friday that third-quarter earnings fell 36 percent, weighed down by costs related to closing two plants. The company's shares fell 43 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $9.51 in afternoon trading.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. says its third quarter earnings grew 68 percent from the same period last year, with shipments reaching 13 million handsets. The company said Monday net profit for the July-September quarter amounted to New Taiwan dollars 18.
LASALLE, Ill. (AP) — Workers along the Illinois River are hunting for invasive fish to turn into organic fertilizer, fillets and other commercial products. The hope is to reduce the population of Asian carp threatening the Great Lakes. Originally imported to cleanse ponds in the South, Asian carp made it into Mississippi River waterways and have traveled north.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — ITT Corp. said Monday that it has completed its breakup into three separate companies so that it can focus on its more profitable businesses. With the spinoffs complete, ITT said it is now a company that provides parts and services to the industrial, aerospace, transportation and oil and gas markets.
TOKYO, Oct. 31 (Kyodo) — Among 282 major Japanese companies which had released their earnings reports for the April-September term by last Friday, manufacturers logged a 50.3 percent year-on-yen plunge in net profit as the March 11 earthquake and tsunami affected production, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.