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Job Seekers Getting Asked For Facebook Passwords

March 20, 2012 2:07 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Shannon Mcfarland, Associated Press

Some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead are asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

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CAT Reports Slowing Global Sales Growth

March 20, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of Caterpillar Inc. fell more than 2 percent Tuesday after the heavy equipment maker said the pace of its retail machine sales has slowed in recent months.

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Tire Factory Fined For Pollution Violations

March 20, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

According to the consent order, Yokohama didn't tell the agency that the factory's ethanol emissions had increased due to a production process change.

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GE Opens New Factory In Louisville

March 20, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

A statement from GE says the opening is "another milestone in the revitalization of GE's Appliances business."

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Nissan Reviving The Datsun Brand

March 20, 2012 1:59 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Nissan is bringing back the Datsun three decades after shelving the brand that helped build its U.S. business. This time, Nissan hopes the name synonymous with affordable and reliable small cars will power its growth in emerging markets.

Apple's Dividend Heralds 'Changing Of The Guard'

March 20, 2012 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

In the biggest break from Jobs' philosophy since Cook succeeded him as CEO, Apple is dipping into its nearly $100B cash stash to start paying a quarterly dividend to its stockholders.

Boeing Worker Hurt In Accident At WA Facility

March 20, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Everett Fire spokesman Rick Robinson tells KOMO-TV that the man was somehow pinned between two wing parts of a 747 aircraft.

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Amazon To Buy Kiva Systems For $775M

March 20, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to buy Kiva Systems, which makes robots and software to help companies fulfill orders, for $775 million in cash.

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Unlikely Allies Come Together To Support Jobs

March 20, 2012 10:16 am | by Andy Brownfield, Associated Press

Business groups and a former labor leader came together to announce the formation of a nonprofit group aimed at helping create middle-class jobs in Alabama.

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China Explores Bolivia Lithium Investments

March 20, 2012 10:15 am | by Carlos Valdez, Associated Press

Bolivia's government says the country possesses more than 70 percent of the world's reserves of lithium.

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Commerce Department Backs Whirlpool Complaint

March 20, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Commerce found that Samsung, LG, and other brands were illegally "dumping" some of their foreign-made appliances in the U.S., by selling the products at less than fair value.

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Apple To Pay Dividend, Start Stock Buybacks

March 19, 2012 1:56 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

After amassing a huge cash hoard, Apple is acknowledging that it doesn't need all that money, saying that it will start paying some of it out to shareholders in the form of a dividend and share buyback program.

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Program Teaches How To Run Equipment

March 19, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Louisiana Delta Community College and ANGUS Chemical Co. started a "process technology" program at Delta five years ago to keep the plant in northwest Louisiana.

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Plumbing Plant Sale Keeps 400 Jobs In MS

March 19, 2012 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Beneke Magnolia Inc. has acquired Sanderson Plumbing Products Inc. and the purchase will ensure that 400 jobs remain at the Columbus plant, officials said Monday.

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New iPad Is More Expensive To Make

March 19, 2012 1:50 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Apple appears to be making less of a profit from each new iPad than it did when it launched the previous model a year ago, according to a research firm's analysis.

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Former VT Manufacturer Denies Fraud Charges

March 19, 2012 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

The former president of a Vermont manufacturing company that went out of business in 2007 has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges.

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Steel Companies' Shares Rise On Demand Forecast

March 19, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of United States Steel Corp. and other steel companies rose Monday after some manufacturers announced price hikes last week, fueling expectations of improving demand.

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Chinese Writers Say Apple Is Online Book Pirate

March 19, 2012 10:16 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press

A group of writers have demanded millions of dollars in compensation from Apple for allegedly selling unlicensed versions of their books in its online store, a lawyer said Monday.

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Boeing Boosts 2011 CEO Pay 34 Percent

March 19, 2012 10:13 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney's compensation jumped 34 percent last year as the board of the big airplane maker rewarded him for delivering the new 787 and winning a huge Air Force order for refueling tankers.

1,700 Workers Take Ford's Retirement Offer

March 19, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Ford offered the buyouts to all 41,000 factory workers last fall in an effort to cut its skilled trades and production workforces.

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