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U.S. Added 80K Jobs In October

November 4, 2011 4:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and job growth in the two previous months was much stronger than first thought, an encouraging sign as the nation searches for a way out of the jobs crisis. The unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.1 percent, the first time it has fallen since July, the government said Friday.

Chemical Plant Leak Sends Workers To Hospital

November 4, 2011 4:53 am

DOVER, Ohio (AP) — A leak of vapor at a chemical plant in eastern Ohio has sent three workers to the hospital and led authorities to restrict traffic in the area. Fire Chief Russ Volkert in Dover tells The Times-Reporter (http://bit.ly/rPetmk ) the public was never in danger from Thursday evening's incident at Dover Chemical Corp.

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Like A Rock: Chevy Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 3, 2011 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — We saw the USA in them. We drove them to the levee. We even worked on our night moves in their back seats. For a century, Chevrolets won America's love with their safety, convenience, style and speed — even if sometimes they were clunky, or had problems with rust or their rear suspensions.

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Birdhouse Maker Cited For 22 OSHA Violations

November 3, 2011 9:52 am

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — A small Wisconsin manufacturer of metal birdhouses has been cited for 22 alleged safety violations. A federal workplace agency says Gardner Equipment Co. failed to take adequate steps to ensure its employees' safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it found 22 violations at the company's Columbus and Juneau facilities.

Judge Rules Sprint, C Spire Can Sue AT&T

November 3, 2011 9:50 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cell phone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA. AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.

Worker Productivity Rises, Labor Costs Fall

November 3, 2011 9:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. workers increased their productivity this summer by the largest amount in a year and half, and they cost their employers less. The trend is good for corporate profits but not necessarily for job growth. The Labor Department says productivity rose at an annual rate of 3.

Tesla 3Q Loss Grows With R&D Spending

November 3, 2011 9:45 am

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. said its net loss widened as it more than doubled spending on research and development. The loss was $65.1 million, or 63 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. During the same period a year ago it lost $34.9 million, or 38 cents per share.

Boeing Loses 747 Order From UAE Customer

November 3, 2011 9:43 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

The shrinking order book of an aircraft leasing company in the United Arab Emirates snagged Boeing's new 747-8 on Thursday. Boeing Co. confirmed that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is canceling orders for five 747-8 freighters, converting the orders to Boeing 777s instead. In August 2010 the company canceled orders for 25 Boeing planes, including 15 787s.

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Sasco Safety Moves Egypt Plant To SC

November 2, 2011 9:38 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An international maker of highway safety products is opening in Barnwell County, creating 25 jobs over two years in a building that once employed more than 300. Sasco Safety announced Tuesday plans to move its manufacturing plant from Alexandria, Egypt, to Barnwell.

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Drew Industries 3Q Net Income Declines

November 2, 2011 9:35 am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Drew Industries Inc., which makes components for recreational vehicles and manufactured housing, said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income fell 30 percent as costs for materials and production increased. The White Plains, N.Y.-based company's net income fell to $5.

401(k) Matches Restored By Most Companies

November 2, 2011 9:33 am | by David Pitt, AP Personal Finance Writer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most of the companies that either suspended or reduced their 401(k) matches during the economic downturn have reinstated them, business consultant Towers Watson said in a study released Wednesday. An analysis of 260 mid- to large-sized companies shows that 75 percent of those that took the step to cut costs have restored their match.

U.S. New Car Sales Up, Toyota Still Suffers

November 2, 2011 9:31 am

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (Kyodo) — New car sales in the United States in October increased 7.5 percent from a year earlier, but Toyota Motor Corp.'s sales continued to suffer in the aftermath of the March disaster, according to data released Tuesday by a U.S. research firm. Toyota saw its sales fall 7.

Loose Nut May Have Caused Sewage Plant Fire

November 2, 2011 9:27 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A fire over the summer at a New York City sewage treatment plant may have been caused by a loose nut. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection released its findings in report on Tuesday. The report says the cause of the four-alarm fire at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem cannot be determined with certainty, but says a nut connected to a fuel injector had been tightened improperly.

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Stricken Polish Boeing Made Flawless Landing

November 2, 2011 9:25 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer

BRUSSELS (AP) — It was the end of a long-haul passenger flight from Newark, New Jersey, and the Polish LOT Airlines Boeing 767 was about to land in Warsaw. But the pilots had a problem: The plane's hydraulic system had failed a half-hour into the flight. Now the landing gear would not deploy.

Lenovo Says 1H Profit Nearly Doubled

November 2, 2011 5:30 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — Lenovo Group, one of the world's leading personal computer manufacturers, reported Wednesday that its profit in the first half of the year nearly doubled on strong emerging market sales. Net profit for the half-year period was $252 million, or 2.52 U.S. cents per share, up 92 percent from $131 million a year earlier.

Buhler Industries To Pay $6K Fine In Worker Death

November 2, 2011 5:28 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian company has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine and change procedures after the death of a worker in Fargo's industrial park. Authorities say 49-year-old Noren Ellingson suffered a brain injury when a nearly two-ton metal bin fell on him at Buhler Industries on Aug.

IN Cummins Plant Plans Giant Engine

November 2, 2011 5:25 am

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Cummins Inc. has revealed what it calls the world's most powerful high-speed diesel engine that will be built at one of its southern Indiana factories. Cummins executives showed off the 16-cylinder, 4,000-horsepower QSK95 engine during a ceremony Tuesday at the company's Seymour Engine Plant.

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Former Solyndra CEO Got $456K Severance

November 2, 2011 5:22 am

DOVER, Delaware (AP) — New court documents show the founder and former CEO of solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. negotiated a severance package worth almost half a million dollars. Documents the company filed in bankruptcy court in Delaware also show the executive, Chris Gronet, was terminated July 1, almost two months before Solyndra announced he was leaving.

Boeing Experts Head To Poland To Inspect Plane

November 2, 2011 5:19 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of Boeing experts from the United States are expected in Poland on Wednesday to help authorities with removing from a runway a jetliner that landed on its belly after its landing gear failed to open, officials said. Heavy fog, meanwhile, grounded planes at several Polish airports even as Warsaw's international airport remained closed following a dramatic emergency landing on Tuesday of a Boeing airliner from the U.

Union Rejects Latest Crystal Sugar Offer

November 2, 2011 5:16 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Locked-out union workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. have rejected the latest contract offer from the company. Union officials announced Tuesday that 92 percent of union members participated in the secret ballot, and 90 percent voted against the proposal. Union spokesman John Riskey said in a statement that employees want to work, but will not accept a contract that "puts our jobs and the entire community at risk.

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