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Jewelers Want States To Replace Cadmium Limits

September 27, 2011 9:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S jewelry industry wants states to overturn laws that limit the toxic metal cadmium in children's trinkets and adopt new voluntary guidelines it helped create, saying stricter rules in several states create chaos for manufacturers and importers. Persuading legislators to reopen the issue won't be an easy sell: Many consumer and environmental advocates say the new guidelines weaken protection of children's health.

Navy Awards Contracts To Bath, Ingalls

September 27, 2011 5:16 am

BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine's Bath Iron Works has been awarded an extra ship, winning contracts for two out of three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be built for the Navy. For the contract, the Navy agreed to award one ship apiece to Bath Iron Works and to the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi.

Paramount Unveils First African Military Plane

September 27, 2011 5:14 am

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African arms company has unveiled what it calls the first all-African military plane. Johannesburg-based Paramount Group boss Ivor Ichikowitz, showing reporters the AHRLAC on Tuesday, says the lightweight aircraft can be used for peacekeeping missions and reconnaissance and is armed to defend itself.

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Lockheed Martin To Lay Off 540

September 27, 2011 5:11 am

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. is laying off 540 employees in plane-making operations in Texas, Georgia and California. The company said Monday it expected most of the affected workers to leave by year-end. The layoffs are part of a move announced in June to eliminate 1,500 jobs in the aeronautics business as Lockheed cut costs in response to pressure to limit U.

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Cessna Unveils New Business Jet

September 27, 2011 5:08 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cessna Aircraft Co. introduced on Monday a new light business jet which it plans to build at one of its Kansas facilities. The Citation M2, unveiled to prospective buyers at a customer event in Wichita, aims to fill the market gap between the company's Citation Mustang and the Citation CJ planes.

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Senators To Investigate Mamtek Project

September 27, 2011 5:06 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State senators said Monday they planned to investigate a so-far unfulfilled central Missouri project that was to use public incentives and employ several hundred people to manufacture artificial sweetener. The project by Mamtek U.S. Inc. was backed by $39 million in industrial development bonds issued by Moberly to finance the construction of a factory.

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China Orders More Control Over Rare Earth Metals

September 27, 2011 5:03 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's Ministry of Land and Resources has ordered a further tightening of controls on strategically vital rare earths used in advanced manufacturing, for the sake of what it says is "sustainable and healthy development." The order seen Tuesday on the ministry's website calls for tighter controls over unauthorized exploration, mining, processing and sales of such minerals, which are used in mobile phones and other high-tech products.

EU Eases Cap-And-Trade Plan For Airlines

September 26, 2011 9:48 am | by Don Melvin, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — An EU program aimed at slowing climate change will allow airlines to emit 85 percent of their carbon dioxide limits for free in the hope they will use the money to modernize their fleets, an official said Monday. The European Union's existing cap-and-trade system limits the carbon dioxide emissions of power plants and big factories in the bloc by issuing permits for each ton of carbon they can emit.

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Auto Part Plant To Add 140 Jobs

September 26, 2011 9:46 am

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Automotive parts company Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to add nearly 140 jobs at a North Carolina plant by the end of next year. Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said Monday the added jobs are part of an $18 million expansion by Cooper-Standard at a Goldsboro plant that makes rubber, metal and plastic seals and trim.

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CT To Raise Unemployment Max

September 26, 2011 9:44 am

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Labor Department says the maximum unemployment insurance benefit is rising to $573 a week. The $18 increase is to take effect Sunday. The benefit is set by the state legislature and is based on average manufacturing wages. An increase is limited by law to $18 a year, or 60 percent of the average wage, whichever is less.

Samsung Seeks iPhone, iPad Sale Ban

September 26, 2011 9:41 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Samsung asked a Dutch court Monday to slap an injunction on Apple Inc. to prevent it from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, saying Apple does not have licenses to use 3G mobile technology in the devices. The legal battle is the latest round in a series of claims and counterclaims of patent breaches by the rival technology heavyweights playing out in courtrooms around the world.

Honda Shows Fuel Efficient Motorcycle Engine

September 26, 2011 9:39 am

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has developed a new fuel-efficient motorcycle engine that will be used in a scooter that goes on sale globally next year. Honda Motor Co. said Monday that the new engine for 125-cc scooters is 25 percent more fuel efficient than similar conventional ones. It targets people who use scooters to commute not only in Japan but also in Southeast Asia and other nations, according to Tokyo-based Honda, which also makes the Odyssey minivan and Civic sedan.

EPA: Iowa Company To Pay Penalty, Clean Up Oil

September 26, 2011 9:27 am

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Iowa steel company will pay a nearly $55,000 penalty and clean up oil leaking from storage tanks on its Bettendorf property. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Monday that several violations of federal regulations were noted during a March 2010 inspection of Sivyer Steel Corp.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $3B In Russia

September 26, 2011 5:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, plan to invest $3 billion in Russia over the next five years as part of an ongoing push into emerging markets. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, has been investing in emerging markets in order to expand its presence there.

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U.S. Steel Sees Savings From Natural Gas Vehicles

September 26, 2011 5:28 am

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A pilot program that retrofits vehicles to use natural gas is generating thousands in savings for United States Steel Corp. and has the company looking to expand the venture. The company began operating a compressed natural gas fueling station and seven retrofitted vehicles in Gary in December.

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Toyota Launches First "Minicar" In Japan

September 26, 2011 5:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is selling its first "minicar" in Japan as demand increases for the tiny vehicles which are popular for short commutes. Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's top automaker, launched the Pixis Space minivehicle manufactured by group company Daihatsu Motor Co., on Monday. Minivehicles, or "kei," are defined under Japanese regulations as having maximum length of 3.

Ford To Launch 15 New Vehicles By 2015 In China

September 26, 2011 5:23 am

BEIJING (AP) — Ford's chief executive says the growth of China's auto market is sustainable as the company looks to launch 15 new vehicles by 2015 in the country. Alan Mulally said Monday that China is a sustainable market with the country's leadership focused on keeping inflation in check without derailing economic growth.

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UAW, Chrysler Talks Back On

September 26, 2011 5:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union have restarted after breaking down earlier this week over financial issues, the union and the company said Saturday. UAW President Bob King and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had "productive discussions" on Friday and talks are continuing, both sides said in a statement.

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First Boeing 787 Delivered To ANA

September 26, 2011 5:16 am

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (Kyodo) — All Nippon Airways Co. received the first of Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787s at the U.S. manufacturer's plant in Everett in the state of Washington on Sunday to launch the fuel-efficient, wide-body aircraft for passenger service in November. The Dreamliner, which was initially scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese carrier in May 2008 but saw a series of delays over the years, is due to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday morning local time.

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Signs Of China Slowdown Add To Dim Global Outlook

September 23, 2011 9:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Signs that the powerhouse Chinese economy is slowing have spooked global markets and sharpened fears that the world economy will not escape another recession, so much so that a small, preliminary survey of Chinese manufacturers contributed to a global stock market plunge this week.

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