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Overwhelming UAW Rejection Leaves Ford Disadvantaged

November 2, 2009 4:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. workers have overwhelmingly rejected contract changes that would have allowed the automaker to cut labor costs, leaving Ford at a disadvantage to its Detroit rivals as it continues its struggle to return to profitability. The United Auto Workers union had given local unions until Monday to complete voting.

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Raytheon, Machinists Union Avoid Strike

November 2, 2009 4:01 am

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of the Machinists Union have voted to approve a new three-year contract, averting a possible strike at Raytheon Missile Systems Inc. About 75 percent of the bargaining unit's dues-paying members met Sunday at the Tucson Convention Center and overwhelmingly approved the new contract.

Navy Ship Built From WTC Steel Returns Home

November 2, 2009 3:54 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, arrived in its namesake city Monday with a 21-gun salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack. First responders, families of Sept. 11 victims and the public gathered Monday at a waterfront viewing area, where they could see the crew standing at attention along the deck of the battleship gray vessel.

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Consumers Push For Reycled Paper

November 2, 2009 3:47 am | by Erik Olson, AP Writer

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — For retailers, the "100 percent recycled" label on a product is a badge of honor declaring their civic responsibility. For consumers, it's a status symbol showing their environmental awareness. For manufacturers, such as Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc.

Businesses Spending More On Equipment

November 2, 2009 3:34 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses are finally willing to spend more money on equipment, a healthy sign for the economic recovery. For the first time in nearly two years, companies ponied up more money for a category called "equipment and software" in the third quarter of the year. It isn't a huge growth rate — just 1.

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Ford Posts Surprise $1 Billion 3Q Profit

November 2, 2009 3:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford, the only Detroit automaker to dodge direct government aid and bankruptcy court, surprised investors with net income of nearly $1 billion in the third quarter and forecast a "solidly profitable" 2011. The automaker said Monday earnings were fueled by U.

GM Idles Delta Township Plant Due To Indian Strike

October 30, 2009 5:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. will temporarily shutdown a plant that builds two of its crossover vehicles and reduce production at a transmission plant as a result of a parts shortage stemming from a strike at a supplier in India, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Merck And Schering-Plough Clear FTC Approval

October 30, 2009 4:58 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. said Thursday they have won merger approval from the Federal Trade Commission and antitrust regulators in Switzerland and Canada. Merck hopes to close its $41.1 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough Corp. before the end of the year.

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Egyptian Sues URS Corp. For 'Terrorist' Discrimination

October 30, 2009 4:53 am

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina worker at the Savannah River Site has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming racial and religious discrimination by co-workers. The Aiken Standard reported Friday that 41-year-old Al Zeiny sued his former employer in U.S. District Court in Aiken.

Machinists Union To Reevaluate Boeing Relationship

October 30, 2009 4:45 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Matt Gettmann began working in finance at Boeing Co. last year, and it wasn't long before he found himself watching, stunned, as union members prepared for what became an eight-week strike. The work stoppage cost the company billions in deferred revenue and caused some of the delays in production of its new 787 at a time when Boeing was growing increasingly frustrated with labor squabbles.

More UAW Locals Reject Ford Contract

October 30, 2009 4:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at two more United Auto Workers locals overwhelmingly rejected changes to their contract with Ford Motor Co. on Thursday, casting further doubt on whether the deal will be approved. Workers at a parts-making plant in Saline, Mich., west of Detroit, voted 75 percent against the deal, while research and engineering employees in Dearborn, Mich.

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BP Fined $87 Million By OSHA For Texas Explosion

October 30, 2009 4:21 am

LONDON (AP) — British oil company BP PLC said Friday it is disappointed to receive a fine — expected to be a record $87 million — from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people at its Texas City refinery.

International Paper Profits Double, 1,600 Still Jobless

October 28, 2009 4:55 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — International Paper, the world's biggest wood products company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit more than doubled as a huge federal tax credit more than offset falling sales of cardboard box materials. The 13 percent sales decline shows retailers who depend on consumer spending for their profits have yet to resume large-scale purchases of the cardboard boxes that are made from materials made by IP.

Beer Stays Strong Through Global Recession

October 28, 2009 4:46 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV on Wednesday raised its forecast for full-year operating profit, citing cost savings, better prices and higher sales of its most profitable brands, even though overall sales volumes were down. The company raised its forecast for full year "organic" operating profit -- a nonstandard measure -- to low double digit growth from high single digit growth.

Goodyear Doubles 3Q Profit

October 28, 2009 4:38 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its profit more than doubled in the third quarter, helped by new products and lower raw-material costs. The performance marked a reversal by Goodyear, which had reported $554 million in losses in the first six months of the year as the recession staggered the automotive industry.

Ford Picks Favorites In Volvo Sale

October 28, 2009 4:24 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A group led by China's Geely Group is the preferred bidder for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit, the U.S. automaker said Wednesday. Ford said the selection signals that it is conducting "more detailed and focused negotiations" with Zhejiang Geely Group Holding Co.

S.C. Senate OKs Tax Incentives To Court Boeing

October 28, 2009 4:20 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An economic incentive package that appears tailored to bring a massive Boeing assembly facility to North Charleston easily received key approval Tuesday in the South Carolina Senate. The full Senate voted 44-0 on low-interest construction bonds and incentives that include a sales tax exemption on fuel used in test flights.

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Asian Autos Top Reliability, Ford Close Behind

October 28, 2009 4:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers are still building the most reliable cars and trucks, with eight of the top 10 brands from Japanese and Korean companies, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports. But several models from Ford Motor Co. are now consistently scoring above Honda and Toyota, the perennial leaders.

Southern States Ally To Win Tanker Contract

October 27, 2009 5:00 am

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have announced the launch of an alliance designed to create an aerospace and aviation corridor from Panama City, Fla., to Louisiana. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov.

Vermont Home To New 150-Worker Capacitor Plant

October 27, 2009 4:57 am

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre electronics manufacturer is poised to begin construction on a 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to create 150 new jobs. On Monday, the District 5 Environmental Commission issued a land-use permit for SBE Inc., to build the plant in the Wilson Industrial Park.

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