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Delicate Rescue Saves $1.7B U.S. Satellite

March 19, 2012 10:06 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press

Air Force controllers rescued a satellite that had been stranded in the wrong orbit possibly because a piece of cloth had been left in a critical fuel line during manufacture.

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WV Plant Retirees Approve Health Benefits Deal

March 16, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Retirees of a West Virginia aluminum plant have accepted a deal that should partly restore their health benefits.

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Marchionne 2011 Compensation Totaled $18.87M

March 16, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat says CEO Sergio Marchionne, who also heads Chrysler, receieved total compensation of $18.87 million last year, mostly in stock options.

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First Big Piece Of 'Electric Highway' Gets Juice

March 16, 2012 2:03 pm | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The first stretch of what's been dubbed an "Electric Highway" on the West Coast from Canada to Mexico went operational with the opening of a series of fast-charging stations along 160 miles of the interstate.

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Vehicle Supplier To Bring 250 Jobs To GA

March 16, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Denmark-based automotive supplier Dinex Group has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in south Georgia expected to bring 250 jobs and $15 million to the state.

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Superior Steel Expanding In LA

March 16, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The Advocate reports Superior Steel Inc. will invest more than $1 million in new equipment for the plant, which will grow to about 90,000 square feet.

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Ethisphere Unveils 2012 Most Ethical Companies

March 16, 2012 1:57 pm

Each 2012 honoree—including U.S. industry standard-bearers like Cisco, Ford, and Timberland—was chosen for promoting ethical business standards and practices by exceeding legal minimums for compliance.

Apple Fans Snap Up New iPads

March 16, 2012 10:05 am | by Kelvin Chan, Robert Barr, Associated Press

Two years after the debut of the first iPad, the device's launch has become the second-biggest "gadget event" of the year.

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Section Of Plant Roof Collapses In KY

March 16, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Heavy rain in eastern Kentucky could have played a part in the collapse of a section of roof at a Tru Seal Technologies plant.

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U.S. Factories Help Job Recovery Endure In March

March 16, 2012 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factories have played a leading role reviving job growth. Over the past year, manufacturing added 227,000 jobs.

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United Tech To Sell Rocket Engine Businesses

March 16, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp. said that it will sell its rocket engine and wind power businesses to help finance its $16.5 billion purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp.

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French Police Use Tear Gas On Steelworkers

March 16, 2012 9:51 am | by Catherine Gaschka, Jean-Marie Godard, Associated Press

Thursday's protest brought the troubles of France's industrial heartland to Paris' elegant boulevards and the lawns beneath the Eiffel Tower.

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Vehicle Seat Manufacturer To Locate In AL

March 16, 2012 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A Korean company that supplies seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles has announced it will build a $50 million plant in Montgomery.

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Fiat: Strike Caused Output To Drop By 20K Units

March 15, 2012 2:11 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

A transport strike in Italy has forced automaker Fiat SpA to cut production, prompting the automaker to warn Thursday that it may have to close some plants temporarily.

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New, Efficient Cars May Be Worth The Investment

March 15, 2012 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Want a car that gets 50 miles per gallon? Check. Need an SUV that gets 30 mpg? Check. Want an electric car that uses no fuel at all? Check.

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Subaru Recalls Forester SUVs To Fix Seat Belts

March 15, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling more than 275,000 Forester SUVs because a rear seat belt may not hold a child seat in place securely.

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Motorola Solutions Files Patent Lawsuit

March 15, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Motorola said in its lawsuit that Round Rock Research sued Motorola's customers last year, claiming the customers were violating its patents for RFID technology.

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WV Eyes Aid To Possible Smelter Restart

March 15, 2012 2:02 pm | by Lawrence Messina, Associated Press

West Virginia may offer a tax break up to $20M annually to help Century Aluminum restart its smelter, but officials say it depends on retirees resolving an impasse over revoked health benefits.

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Hawker Beechcraft To Keep KS Plant Open

March 15, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft officials say its Wichita Plant 1 will remain open, saving hundreds of jobs.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Rose To $124.1B In 2011

March 14, 2012 2:16 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports pushed the trade gap to its widest point in three years.

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