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Nokia Launches China Smartphone

March 28, 2012 10:12 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Struggling cellphone maker Nokia Corp. launched its first smartphone for China on Wednesday, looking to the world's biggest mobile market to help drive its 1-year-old turnaround effort.

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Amazon Announces New IN Distribution Center

March 28, 2012 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc. announced plans for a $150M warehouse and distribution center in Indiana after state officials gave the online retailer two more years before it has to start collecting sales taxes from customers.

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Shareholders Sue Olympus Over Losses On Share Fall

March 28, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

The suit said the camera and medical equipment maker falsified financial statements over 10 years through March 2011 to cover up massive investment losses from 1998.

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Century-Old Light Bulb From OH Site Still Works

March 27, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

At least one of five century-old incandescent light bulbs still works after being pulled from the cornerstone of a Cleveland-area building along with a time capsule.

U.S. Stocks Trade Mixed After Consumer Report

March 27, 2012 2:24 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond reported that a measure of regional manufacturing plunged this month.

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Renesas To Sell Aomori Plant To Fuji Electric

March 27, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

The major Japanese semiconductor maker aims to improve its performance by consolidating and enhancing production efficiency, as the company expects to see a 57 billion yen net loss for the current year.

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Navistar To Build New Work Truck In AL

March 27, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Taylor said the truck assembly plant is "a clear indication Navistar is going to be doing more in the state."

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Environmentalists Sue Feds Over CA Solar Project

March 27, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Three environmental groups have sued the federal government over its handling of a solar project in the Mojave Desert, saying it will harm the desert tortoise and its habitat.

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GM To Combine Chevy Advertising, Hopes To Save $2B

March 27, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors expects to save about $2 billion during the next five years by centralizing most of the global advertising for its Chevrolet brand.

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Feds Probe Bus Defect That May Have Caused Crashes

March 27, 2012 10:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Federal safety regulators have begun investigating buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over the past 20 years because the drive shafts can fall out and cause drivers to lose control.

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NY Mohawk: Move Toxic GM Dump

March 27, 2012 10:23 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

Upstream from the reservation is a shuttered General Motors factory, now a federal Superfund site where tons of toxic waste have been removed.

Singapore Airlines A380 Engine Shut Down In Flight

March 27, 2012 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

The plane, which was carrying 430 passengers to Frankfurt, Germany, was in the air about three hours when crew reported a surge in one of its four Rolls-Royce engines.

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2 Injured At LA Air Products Plant

March 27, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

A hydrogen release triggered a brief fire that injured two workers at a new Air Products and Chemicals Co. plant in Luling, La.

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Denso Executive Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

March 27, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

An executive at Japanese auto parts supplier Denso Corp. will serve a one-year prison sentence for price fixing.

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Apple, Samsung Race Makes It Tougher For RIM

March 27, 2012 10:16 am | by LuAnn LaSalle

Research In Motion's international sales are slowing and the BlackBerry maker doesn't have new smartphones for the competitive North American market, say analysts.

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Facebook Warns Employers Not To Demand Passwords

March 26, 2012 2:20 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Facebook raised alarms about privacy, warning employers not to ask job applicants for their passwords. The company threatened legal action against applications that violate its long-standing policy against sharing passwords.

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A123 Systems Falls On News Of Defect, New Costs

March 26, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of A123 Systems tumbled by double digits to an all-time low after the maker of batteries for electric cars estimated that it would spend about $55M to replace battery modules and packs that might be defective.

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BMW Recalls 1.3M Cars Worldwide

March 26, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says that a battery cable covering in the trunk was incorrectly installed. The defect could prevent the car from starting and in extreme cases could lead to a fire.

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Crews Cleaning Up After LA Explosion

March 26, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Westlake Chemical Corp. crews were clearing chemicals Sunday from a tower damaged by an explosion and fire last week at the plant in Geismar, La.

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GM European Unions: No Local Negotiations

March 26, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Unions have warned General Motors that they won't engage in restructuring talks on the auto group's Opel and Vauxhall plants in Europe on a local level.

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