CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. will ramp up production of the next-generation 737, its most popular jet. The world's second-biggest maker of commercial planes said Wednesday that it plans to build 42 of the jets per month by the first half of 2014. Then it will boost production further to an average of two of the planes per workday for a total of nearly 500 a year.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it will stop making and developing heart stents to focus on other stent types, a case of the pioneer in effect ceding that territory of the stent market to later entrants amid increasingly fierce competition and flat sales. In a surprise move, the company that produced the first drug-coated heart stent, Cypher, now will abandon it, with sales barely a quarter of their peak five years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dolby International, a unit of audio equipment maker Dolby Laboratories Inc., is suing Research In Motion Ltd. for patent infringement in the U.S. and Germany. Dolby alleges that RIM's Blackberry smartphones and Playbook tablet devices use its patented digital audio compression technology, which enables the playback of high-quality audio files using limited amounts of storage space, without a license.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Jefferies analyst said Wednesday that chemical companies that make styrene could suffer following its addition to the government's list of cancer-causing chemicals, but the food industry and manufacturers will still need them. Analyst Laurence Alexander said in some cases there are few alternatives to styrene.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories rebounded in May to produce more business equipment and construction materials. The gains offset supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crises that have weighed on American auto companies. Factory production increased 0.4 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman was a top executive of a large chemical conglomerate that is paying $33 million to settle a lawsuit alleging price-fixing. Huntsman International LLC recently agreed to pay the money to settle a suit filed by several competitors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are finally getting some relief from high gas and food prices. Wholesale food prices fell last month by the most in nearly a year, and gas prices keep dropping after peaking in May. A separate survey suggests CEOs are feeling more optimistic and will hire more in the second half of this year.
WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old man has died after getting trapped between two rollers of a mattress-bagging machine at an upstate New York bedding factory. Police tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that Jainarine Depoo of Wallkill was injured Tuesday afternoon at Corsicana Bedding in the Orange County town of Wallkill.
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — A fire at a southern Louisiana plant where chemicals are blended and stored for oilfield operations is being allowed to burn itself out before investigators enter the facility to search for a cause. Tuesday afternoon's explosion and fire at the Multi-Chem Corp.
DENVER (AP) — Aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to cut 1,200 employees in its space systems equipment division. The company said Tuesday that the cuts will be nationwide in America and trim the division's 16,000-person work force by nearly 8 percent. The company said middle management will be reduced by 25 percent.
SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing on Tuesday asked a judge in Seattle to dismiss a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board that accuses the plane maker of breaking the law when it built a non-union production line in South Carolina. The complaint by NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon accused Boeing Co.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense cuts sought by House Republicans in fiscal 2012 are unlikely to hurt "modernization, readiness" or the bottom lines of top aerospace contractors, an analyst said Tuesday. In a plan released Monday, the GOP-controlled panel that approves defense budgets barely touched major programs and cut modestly from others compared to the president's budget request, Jeffries analyst Howard Rubel said in a research note.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are shaking off a two-week slump after retailers had better sales in May than analysts had predicted. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed back above 12,000, and all three major indexes are on track to have their best day so far in June. The government reported Tuesday that retail sales edged down 0.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state board has approved tax incentives for projects connected to General Motors and other companies in Michigan. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved an amended brownfield tax credit valued at $10 million for GM's Van Slyke complex in Flint. The new project is expected to retain up to 185 jobs.
MADRID (AP) — U.S. automaker Ford has announced an €812 million ($1.2 billion) investment for its plant in the Valencia region of eastern Spain. Ford Europe chief executive officer Stephen Odell said at an event in Valencia Tuesday the investment will create hundreds of jobs in a country with a 21 percent unemployment rate.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found traces of listeria at a Kellogg Co. bakery in Augusta, Ga., during an inspection earlier this year. In a letter released Tuesday, regulators say that the pathogen was found in several spots along the production line that comes in direct contact with food.
Ex-Siemens manager charged in bribery case BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have filed charges against a former member of Siemens AG's board over millions of dollars in alleged bribe payments in Argentina. Munich prosecutors said the former manager is charged with three counts of breach of trust.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The best cure for the economy now is time. That's the overwhelming opinion of leading economists in a new Associated Press survey. They say the Federal Reserve shouldn't bother trying to stimulate the economy — and could actually do damage if it did. The economists are lowering their forecasts for job creation and economic growth for the rest of this year, mainly because of high oil prices.
BERLIN (AP) — The pilot of a Goodyear blimp screamed "I crashed the airship" before it burst into flames, a passenger who leapt to safety says. Photographer Joachim Storch told media that the blimp — The Spirit of Safety — missed its designated landing spot at Reichelsheim airfield in central Germany on Sunday evening, causing its engine to slam into the ground.
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is streamlining its executive ranks to improve its focus on customers rather than administration and put more operations directly under CEO Leo Apotheker's control. The world's largest maker of personal computers said Monday that it is eliminating its chief administrative officer position, meaning that Pete Bocian is leaving HP immediately.