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Key Leaders In Ford's Renaissance Will Retire

February 10, 2012 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Kuzak, 60, and Booth, 63, each served more than three decades with the Dearborn, Mich., company. Their most important years were the last five when Ford turned itself around after borrowing $23.5 billion in 2006 to stay in business.

China's Jan Auto Sales Fell 24 Percent

February 10, 2012 10:12 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The year of the dragon rolled in with a whimper instead of a roar as Chinese industry data showed Thursday that passenger car sales in the world's biggest auto market fell 24 percent from a year earlier.

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Unemployment Applications Near 4-Year Low

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months.

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Feds Charge Chinese Firm With Trade Secret Theft

February 9, 2012 5:21 pm | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Prosecutors unsealed an indictment that accuses a company of conspiring with a CA couple to steal DuPont trade secrets.

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Garland Recognized As Innovative Manufacturer

February 9, 2012 12:32 pm

The Garland Company, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions for the building envelope, recently announced it has received three honors for innovation.

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Chinese-Born American Acquitted Of Espionage

February 8, 2012 2:50 pm | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press

A federal judge convicted a Chinese-born American Wednesday of stealing trade secrets but acquitted her of more serious charges of corporate espionage at a trial in Chicago that highlighted fears about China pilfering U.S. company secrets.

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Quinn Hopes To Address CAT Concerns

February 8, 2012 2:47 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

An email to local leaders, signed only by the Peoria-based company's North American Facility Site Selection Team, says Caterpillar's longstanding complaints about Illinois' state budget deficit were a factor.

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Report: Silicon Valley Sees Job, Wealth Grow

February 8, 2012 2:43 pm | by Marcus Wohlsen

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Qantas Grounds A380 After Finding Wing Cracks

February 8, 2012 2:41 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

The cracks were not related to the turbulence and were linked to an Airbus manufacturing issue, the airline said in a statement.

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DE Steel Mill Works On Dust Emissions

February 8, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Delaware environmental officials have issued a permit to a New Castle County steel mill for installation of pollution control equipment to collect dust and reduce other air emissions.

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Union, Timken Reach Tentative Agreement

February 8, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Timken on Tuesday said the coming union vote is the "final opportunity" for the company to secure the workforce stability needed to make the Ohio plant investment.

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Agency Orders Global Check On A380 Wings

February 8, 2012 10:15 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press

Europe's air safety authority ordered checks Wednesday on the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for cracks on parts inside the wings — extending a previous order for nearly a third of the planes to be inspected.

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Dover Fined For Unauthorized Manufacturing

February 8, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

The Justice Department says a chemical company has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacturing of certain substances at plants in Ohio and Indiana.

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Chinese Leaders Promise More Pay, Jobs

February 8, 2012 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Higher wages fit with government ambitions to transform China from the world's low-cost factory into a creator of technology with higher skills and better-paid jobs.

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Obama's Inner Geek: Robots To Flying Marshmallows

February 8, 2012 10:07 am | by Jim Kuhnenn ,Associated Press

Obama, a Harvard University-trained lawyer, has placed greater emphasis on technology by making the point that in an era of scarce resources, government still must play a role investing in three key areas: research and development, innovation and education.

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Nokia Ends Phone Assembly In Europe

February 8, 2012 10:04 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press

Nokia Corp. plans to stop assembling cellphones in Europe by year-end as it shifts production to Asia and will cut another 4,000 jobs, its latest attempts to cushion itself from stiff competition in the smartphone sector.

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VW Plant Announces 50,000th Passat

February 8, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant has completed its 50,000th Passat, less than a year after production began.

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CO Lawmakers Want Companies To Reach The Stars

February 7, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Hoping to lure a rapidly expanding industry to Colorado, state lawmakers are trying to promote space tourism by limiting liability for spacecraft launched from Colorado that carry passengers.

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Oracle Rejects $272M SAP Award

February 7, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Database software maker Oracle Corp. has formally rejected a court-ordered award of $272 million from German rival SAP AG, saying it would rather have another trial over SAP's theft of software and customer-support documents.

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China Environmental Accidents, Costs Are Rising

February 7, 2012 2:30 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Environmental accidents are on the rise in China, mainly due to chemicals industry-related traffic and industrial mishaps, and the costs of such damage to the economy are rising.

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