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Samsung Seeks iPhone, iPad Sale Ban

September 26, 2011 9:41 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Samsung asked a Dutch court Monday to slap an injunction on Apple Inc. to prevent it from selling iPhones and iPad tablets in the Netherlands, saying Apple does not have licenses to use 3G mobile technology in the devices. The legal battle is the latest round in a series of claims and counterclaims of patent breaches by the rival technology heavyweights playing out in courtrooms around the world.

Honda Shows Fuel Efficient Motorcycle Engine

September 26, 2011 9:39 am

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has developed a new fuel-efficient motorcycle engine that will be used in a scooter that goes on sale globally next year. Honda Motor Co. said Monday that the new engine for 125-cc scooters is 25 percent more fuel efficient than similar conventional ones. It targets people who use scooters to commute not only in Japan but also in Southeast Asia and other nations, according to Tokyo-based Honda, which also makes the Odyssey minivan and Civic sedan.

EPA: Iowa Company To Pay Penalty, Clean Up Oil

September 26, 2011 9:27 am

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Iowa steel company will pay a nearly $55,000 penalty and clean up oil leaking from storage tanks on its Bettendorf property. The Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release Monday that several violations of federal regulations were noted during a March 2010 inspection of Sivyer Steel Corp.

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Coca-Cola To Invest $3B In Russia

September 26, 2011 5:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, plan to invest $3 billion in Russia over the next five years as part of an ongoing push into emerging markets. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, has been investing in emerging markets in order to expand its presence there.

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U.S. Steel Sees Savings From Natural Gas Vehicles

September 26, 2011 5:28 am

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A pilot program that retrofits vehicles to use natural gas is generating thousands in savings for United States Steel Corp. and has the company looking to expand the venture. The company began operating a compressed natural gas fueling station and seven retrofitted vehicles in Gary in December.

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Toyota Launches First "Minicar" In Japan

September 26, 2011 5:26 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is selling its first "minicar" in Japan as demand increases for the tiny vehicles which are popular for short commutes. Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's top automaker, launched the Pixis Space minivehicle manufactured by group company Daihatsu Motor Co., on Monday. Minivehicles, or "kei," are defined under Japanese regulations as having maximum length of 3.

Ford To Launch 15 New Vehicles By 2015 In China

September 26, 2011 5:23 am

BEIJING (AP) — Ford's chief executive says the growth of China's auto market is sustainable as the company looks to launch 15 new vehicles by 2015 in the country. Alan Mulally said Monday that China is a sustainable market with the country's leadership focused on keeping inflation in check without derailing economic growth.

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UAW, Chrysler Talks Back On

September 26, 2011 5:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union have restarted after breaking down earlier this week over financial issues, the union and the company said Saturday. UAW President Bob King and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had "productive discussions" on Friday and talks are continuing, both sides said in a statement.

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First Boeing 787 Delivered To ANA

September 26, 2011 5:16 am

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (Kyodo) — All Nippon Airways Co. received the first of Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787s at the U.S. manufacturer's plant in Everett in the state of Washington on Sunday to launch the fuel-efficient, wide-body aircraft for passenger service in November. The Dreamliner, which was initially scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese carrier in May 2008 but saw a series of delays over the years, is due to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday morning local time.

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Signs Of China Slowdown Add To Dim Global Outlook

September 23, 2011 9:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — Signs that the powerhouse Chinese economy is slowing have spooked global markets and sharpened fears that the world economy will not escape another recession, so much so that a small, preliminary survey of Chinese manufacturers contributed to a global stock market plunge this week.

Texas Instruments Buys National For $6.5B

September 23, 2011 9:25 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Instruments Inc. said Friday that it completed its $6.5 billion purchase of National Semiconductor Corp. The deal had cleared regulatory reviews earlier this week. Under the terms of the deal, Texas Instruments agreed to pay $25 for each outstanding share of National common stock.

Samsung To Step Up Apple Patent War

September 23, 2011 9:23 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies. "We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on," Lee Younghee, head of global marketing for mobile communications, said Friday in an interview.

UAW Shifts Focus To Ford

September 23, 2011 9:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union shifted the focus of its contract talks to Ford Wednesday night after failing to reach a deal with Chrysler. The move could mean trouble in the talks with Chrysler, which was close enough to a deal with the union that CEO Sergio Marchionne flew from Europe to the U.

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Ford CEO: Recovery Is Slow But On Right Track

September 23, 2011 9:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — At his first press conference as CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was asked how he could run such a complex company with no experience in the car business. The former Boeing executive responded that cars, which have around 10,000 parts, are indeed very sophisticated. Then he smiled and noted that a jumbo jet has 4 million parts — and it flies.

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Union: Documents Show Boeing Aimed To Trump Unions

September 23, 2011 9:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union in a high-profile labor dispute with Boeing Co. says newly released documents show the company opened a new plant in South Carolina to limit the power of employee unions in Washington state. The Machinists union says the documents bolster the government's lawsuit accusing the company of retaliating against unions by opening a second production line for the 787 aircraft in Charleston.

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Virco To Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

September 23, 2011 5:18 am

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Virco Manufacturing Co. in Conway says it plans to offer buyouts and early retirement to total of 115 employees. The company makes furniture for schools and has operated in Conway since 1950. Virco told the Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/rrPvMu) on Thursday that the slow economy has slowed the pace of new orders and it has to reduce its workforce.

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Hino Resumes Production At WV Plant

September 23, 2011 5:17 am

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is preparing to resume full production at its West Virginia plant following a cutback caused by a parts shortage. Sandy Ring with Hino's home office in Michigan says the Williamstown plant has returned to a five-day work week with three days of production.

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CAT Recalls 400 Laid Off Workers

September 23, 2011 5:15 am

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has recalled many of the 400 workers it laid off from a central Indiana engine plant and is starting to hire more people. The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission on Thursday approved a $50,000 grant to Caterpillar for training new workers that the company plans to hire in the next year.

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GOP: US Solar Panel Industry Could Fail

September 23, 2011 5:12 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican House chairman blasted the solar industry Thursday, calling loans to solar panel manufacturers, such as ill-fated Solyndra Inc., a poor bet and predicting the solar panel industry itself could collapse in the United States. An industry group immediately disputed the remark by Rep.

Chrysler, UAW Talks Break Down

September 23, 2011 5:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Negotiations over a new four-year contract between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have broken down as both sides refuse to budge on key financial issues, two people briefed on the bargaining said Thursday. The talks ended late Wednesday in a dispute over the number of workers who are paid an entry-level wage, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.

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