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Chrysler-UAW Talks Break For A Day Without Deal

October 10, 2011 9:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Union leaders from Chrysler plants around the country were told to park in Detroit for two more days as negotiations toward a new labor contract continue with the company. Around 200 local leaders assembled in a Detroit suburb Monday expecting to hear details of a new four-year contract.

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Record iPhone Sales Top 1M

October 10, 2011 5:25 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model. Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone last Friday. It hits stores this Friday. First-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year.

American Airlines To Outsource Maintenance Work

October 10, 2011 5:23 am | by D.R. Stewart

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — American Airlines has notified its Transport Workers Union in Tulsa that the company will outsource heavy maintenance on four Boeing 757 aircraft by Nov. 1, company and union officials said. The 757 work will be performed by TIMCO Aviation Services, an independent aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Greensboro, N.

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GM Streamlines Volt Plant, Delays 2nd Shift

October 10, 2011 5:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is delaying plans to add a second shift at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt electric cars. The company said Friday it has found ways to make one shift more efficient, so it can produce the same number of cars as two shifts. Spokesman Chris Lee says GM still will add 300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant — but not a second shift — by the end of this year to make more Volts.

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Unemployed Seek Protection Against Job Bias

October 10, 2011 5:19 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications. But Forte, a 55-year-old from Cleveland, says a recruiter for an employment agency told her she would not be considered for the job because she had been out of work too long.

Chrysler CEO: Automakers Need To Stay Competitive

October 10, 2011 5:17 am

MONTREAL — Western automakers can only compete with eventual low-cost Chinese rivals by reducing labour costs and standardizing platforms and parts, the CEO of Chrysler and Fiat said Friday. Sergio Marchionne said it is no longer sustainable for unionized workers to be paid using the current formula for steady pay increases no matter how poorly a company is performing.

KY Manufacturers Want More Graduates

October 10, 2011 5:12 am

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — Manufacturing technology graduates are in high demand in northern Kentucky. Gateway Community & Technical College opened its Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence just over a year ago, but it is still not meeting demand from area companies, according to The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.

Russian Space Chief: No Flaws In Rockets

October 7, 2011 8:05 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Inspections have found that the Soyuz rockets intended to carry astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station do not have the flaw that caused an unmanned cargo ship to crash in August, Russia's space chief said Friday. The Soyuz became the only way to reach the space station after NASA retired the space shuttle in July.

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Commercial Metals To Cut Almost 1,500 Jobs

October 7, 2011 8:03 am

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commercial Metals Co., which has been hurt by weak construction demand, said Friday it plans to sell or close a number of facilities, leading to the loss of nearly 1,500 jobs. The Irving, Texas, company said 1,130 jobs will be lost at a steel pipe manufacturing plant in Croatia, which the company said it plans to either sell or close after it winds down production over the next several months.

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Analyst: Toyota Recovery Could Take Years

October 7, 2011 8:00 am

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp.'s U.S. market share has slid from 17 percent for all of 2009 to 11.5 percent last month. The company was passed in sales and market share last month by a surging Chrysler Group LLC, which in the past was far behind Toyota. An industry analyst told investors on Friday that it could take several years for Toyota to recover.

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Equipment Malfunction Caused Plant Fire

October 7, 2011 7:59 am

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — A fire marshal says an equipment malfunction caused a blaze that destroyed a popcorn plant in southwestern Kentucky. Murray Fire Marshal Dickie Walls told the Murray Ledger & Times that the Ellis Popcorn Company building in Murray is a total loss (http://bit.

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CA Quarry Shooting Suspect Killed By Deputies

October 7, 2011 7:57 am | by Beth Duff-Brown,Terry Collins, Associated Press

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A man described as a disgruntled employee who opened fire on his co-workers at a California limestone quarry was shot and killed by deputies Thursday, bringing an end to a heavily armed manhunt in Silicon Valley. Three deputies on routine patrol in a Sunnyvale neighborhood encountered the man, identified by a coroner's investigator as Shareef Allman, around 7:30 a.

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Defense Spending Means 56,000 IN Jobs

October 7, 2011 7:55 am

CRANE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says federal military and security spending resulted in $4.4 billion in contracts for Indiana companies last year, although analysts expect sites across the state will face more competition with anticipated Defense Department budget cuts. The report by Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center credits defense contract spending and the state's military bases — including Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex — with supporting about 56,000 jobs.

Nissan Plans $1.5B Brazil Plant

October 7, 2011 5:38 am

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. plans to spend $1.5 billion to build a new factory in Brazil and develop new vehicles as part of its plan to become the leading Asian auto brand in the country. The plant, to be built in Resende in the state of Rio de Janeiro, will open in the first half of 2014 and will be able to build 200,000 vehicles per year.

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GM Plans $380M MO Plant Expansion

October 7, 2011 5:36 am

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in the St. Louis-area town of Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/obNHqz) reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday.

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Continental Tire Plans $500M SC Plant

October 7, 2011 5:29 am | by Jim Davenport, Associated Press

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Continental Tire said on Thursday that it will build a $500 million plant in Sumter County and bring 1,600 jobs to the area after sealing the deal with a desperate round of door-knocking to convince property owners to sell land for the plant. The company had confirmed the poorly kept secret less than an hour before the formal announcement at the Sumter Opera House, a century-old building where tires bookended a stage and the German tire maker's logo filled a screen.

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Mazda To Stop Making Rotary-Engine Vehicles

October 7, 2011 5:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Mazda will stop producing vehicles with its signature rotary engines in June next year because of poor sales and the costs of meeting emissions standards. Mazda Motor Corp. said Friday the latest edition of the Mazda RX-8 will go on sale Nov. 24, targeting sales of 1,000 vehicles, but will end production in June 2012.

Obama: Solar Is Viable

October 7, 2011 5:21 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. must not surrender development of clean energy to China and other countries, despite the spectacular failure of a solar-panel manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy after taking a half-billion dollar government loan. Obama said the government should continue to give loan guarantees to help green energy companies compete with other countries that spend billions to subsidize solar panels and other renewable energy manufacturing.

Economy Added 103,000 Jobs In September

October 7, 2011 5:19 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 103,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that followed a sluggish summer for the economy. The figure at least temporarily calms fears of a new recession that have hung over Wall Street and the nation for weeks. The Labor Department also said Friday that the nation added more jobs than first estimated in July and August.

Companies Agree To Penalties For VA Plant Spills

October 6, 2011 9:15 am

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators have settled a complaint that accused the operators of a chemical plant in Franklin of spilling toxic substances into the Nottoway River. The Environmental Protection Agency filed the complaint against Eastman Chemical Resins, Hercules and GEO Specialty Chemicals.

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