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U.S. Factories Stepped Up Production In March

April 2, 2012 2:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factories stepped up hiring and production in March, the latest evidence that manufacturing is growing at a healthy pace and fueling the recovery.

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China Says Manufacturing Rose Again In March

April 2, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing gained momentum for a fourth straight month in March, helped by a recovery in the auto, tobacco and electronics sectors, though analysts said conflicting data suggest lingering weakness.

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GM Adds To Volt Plant's Usual Summer Closure

April 2, 2012 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors Co. will suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for an extra week this summer as it tries to control the electric car's inventory.

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Foreign Investors Warn India Over Retroactive Tax

April 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer

GE, SAB Miller, Cadbury, AT&T, Sanofi and Vedanta are among other companies fighting tax cases in India that could be affected by the changes.

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Solar Trust Seeks Bankruptcy Protection In DE

April 2, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee last year has sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware.

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Drones Coming To A Sky Near You

April 2, 2012 10:22 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press

Thousands of hobbyists are taking part in what has become a global do-it-yourself drone subculture, a pastime that's thriving as the FAA seeks to make the skies friendlier to unmanned aircraft of all sizes.

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Mexico: Ford To Invest $1.3B In Plant

April 2, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the Ford Motor Co. will invest an additional $1.3 billion at its stamping and assembly plant in the northern city of Hermosillo.

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Feds Investigating Cruze, Wrangler Fire Reports

April 2, 2012 10:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The government said Sunday it is investigating reports of engine fires in the Chevrolet Cruze small car and Jeep Wrangler SUV.

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Carbon Dioxide Leak Sickens Food Plant Workers

April 2, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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Airgas Buys Mississippi Gas Distributor

April 2, 2012 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Industrial and specialty gas distributor Airgas Inc. said that it bought Industrial Welding Supplies, expanding its distribution network in three southern states.

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Green Subsidies Boost Japan Car Sales

April 2, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

New vehicle sales surged 78 percent in Japan in March, supported by government subsidies for energy efficient cars, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

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Bernanke Optimistic On Long-Term Economic Growth

March 30, 2012 2:10 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that he thinks the U.S. economy will return to its long-term growth of around 3 percent a year despite the weaknesses it still faces.

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Caterpillar Unit Opens New Parts Plant

March 30, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

The logistics subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, said Friday it opened a parts distribution center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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Micron, Oracle Settle Lawsuit Over Chip Prices

March 30, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Micron Technology Inc. has settled a lawsuit in which Oracle Corp. accused the Idaho memory chipmaker and other companies of artificially inflating prices for microchips.

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Panel Stops Clearances For India Steel Plant

March 30, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

An Indian environmental panel has suspended clearances for South Korean steel giant Posco to build a $12 billion steel plant in India.

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Ford CEO Mulally Made $29.5M In 2011

March 30, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The pay package for Ford CEO Alan Mulally rose 11 percent last year to $29.5 million, or a little more than $5 for every vehicle sold.

Unemployment Rates Fall In 29 States

March 30, 2012 2:02 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates declined in 29 states and rose in 8.

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Apple Pledge Could Lead To China Wage Hikes

March 30, 2012 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A pledge by the manufacturer of Apple's iPhones and iPads to limit work hours at its factories in China could force other global corporations to hike pay for Chinese workers who produce the world's consumer electronics, toys, and other goods.

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BlackBerry Maker To Focus On Business Customers

March 30, 2012 9:45 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

The struggling BlackBerry maker said it plans to return its focus to its corporate customers after failing to compete with flashier, consumer-oriented phones such as Apple's iPhone.

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U.S. Economy Grew 3 Percent In Final Quarter Of 2011

March 30, 2012 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers

Businesses have been restocking their shelves more slowly and shipping fewer long-lasting manufactured goods.

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