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Report: Silicon Valley Sees Job, Wealth Grow

February 8, 2012 2:43 pm | by Marcus Wohlsen

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Qantas Grounds A380 After Finding Wing Cracks

February 8, 2012 2:41 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

The cracks were not related to the turbulence and were linked to an Airbus manufacturing issue, the airline said in a statement.

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DE Steel Mill Works On Dust Emissions

February 8, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Delaware environmental officials have issued a permit to a New Castle County steel mill for installation of pollution control equipment to collect dust and reduce other air emissions.

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Union, Timken Reach Tentative Agreement

February 8, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Timken on Tuesday said the coming union vote is the "final opportunity" for the company to secure the workforce stability needed to make the Ohio plant investment.

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Agency Orders Global Check On A380 Wings

February 8, 2012 10:15 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press

Europe's air safety authority ordered checks Wednesday on the entire global fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets for cracks on parts inside the wings — extending a previous order for nearly a third of the planes to be inspected.

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Dover Fined For Unauthorized Manufacturing

February 8, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

The Justice Department says a chemical company has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacturing of certain substances at plants in Ohio and Indiana.

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Chinese Leaders Promise More Pay, Jobs

February 8, 2012 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Higher wages fit with government ambitions to transform China from the world's low-cost factory into a creator of technology with higher skills and better-paid jobs.

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Obama's Inner Geek: Robots To Flying Marshmallows

February 8, 2012 10:07 am | by Jim Kuhnenn ,Associated Press

Obama, a Harvard University-trained lawyer, has placed greater emphasis on technology by making the point that in an era of scarce resources, government still must play a role investing in three key areas: research and development, innovation and education.

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Nokia Ends Phone Assembly In Europe

February 8, 2012 10:04 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press

Nokia Corp. plans to stop assembling cellphones in Europe by year-end as it shifts production to Asia and will cut another 4,000 jobs, its latest attempts to cushion itself from stiff competition in the smartphone sector.

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VW Plant Announces 50,000th Passat

February 8, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant has completed its 50,000th Passat, less than a year after production began.

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CO Lawmakers Want Companies To Reach The Stars

February 7, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Hoping to lure a rapidly expanding industry to Colorado, state lawmakers are trying to promote space tourism by limiting liability for spacecraft launched from Colorado that carry passengers.

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Oracle Rejects $272M SAP Award

February 7, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Database software maker Oracle Corp. has formally rejected a court-ordered award of $272 million from German rival SAP AG, saying it would rather have another trial over SAP's theft of software and customer-support documents.

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China Environmental Accidents, Costs Are Rising

February 7, 2012 2:30 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Environmental accidents are on the rise in China, mainly due to chemicals industry-related traffic and industrial mishaps, and the costs of such damage to the economy are rising.

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Corporate Profits Aren't What They Seem

February 7, 2012 2:27 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer

While other parts of the economy struggled the past two years, large companies managed to rack up higher profits quarter after quarter. Now reality is catching up with big business.

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Bradley County Approves $1M Tax Abatement

February 7, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Bradley County officials approved on Monday a one-time property tax abatement for Wacker Polysilicon, which is building a plant in Charleston that will produce polysilicon for solar panels.

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Job Openings Jump To Near A 3-Year High

February 7, 2012 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Companies and governments posted 3.38 million jobs in December, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's up from the 3.12 million advertised in the previous month.

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Car Makers Asked To Oppose Immigration Law

February 7, 2012 10:15 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Opponents of Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration said Monday they have asked the state's three international automakers to help fight for repeal of the law.

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Apps: Promising Career Opportunities

February 7, 2012 10:12 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

A new study suggests that there are promising career opportunities in apps — the services and tools built to run on smartphones, computer tablets, and Facebook's online social network.

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Boeing Finds Problem In 787 Tails

February 7, 2012 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing said on Monday that repairs are needed in the tail sections of some of its new 787s, although it said there's no immediate safety concern.

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Electric Car Maker Fisker Lays Off U.S. Workers

February 7, 2012 10:07 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Fisker Automotive, an electric car maker that received a half-billion-dollar loan from the federal government, said that it has laid off workers in Delaware and California.

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