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BAE Systems Awarded $2 Billion In Army Contracts

August 10, 2009 12:31 pm

BAE Systems has been awarded two U.S. Army contracts combined worth more than $2 billion for infrared technology systems, with the bulk of the work planned for facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company planned a news conference Monday at its Lexington plant to announce the 5-year contracts and demonstrate the technology.

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Labor Sectretary: Green Jobs Hiring Will Pick Up

August 10, 2009 12:28 pm | by Oskar Garcia, Associated Press Writer

Hiring in the alternative energy industry will pick up in the next 12 months, though it will take some time before so-called green-jobs will not become a bigger part of the U.S. job market, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday. "Once you start seeing more investments made in our economy recovering, as we stabilize and we get people back to work, then I think there'll be more interest in expanding," Solis said.

Danny Glover Joins Rally Of Striking Workers

August 10, 2009 5:00 am

Actor Danny Glover joined striking workers at a rally in Terre Haute Saturday. Glover said he was proud that the strikers refused to be victimized. The 63-year-old actor says he grew up in a union household and says the working class is one big family.

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"Cash For Clunkers" Hurting Salvage Yards, Dealers

August 10, 2009 4:54 am

The Cash for Clunkers program has been a boost to car sales, but the concerns of some salvage yard owners and car dealers show that not everyone is happy. Richard Harris, owner of Valley Auto Parts in Dayton, said the program's requirement that clunkers' engines and drivetrains be destroyed will lead to fewer parts and higher prices.

GM Has To Focus On Its Cars To Boost Sales

August 10, 2009 4:38 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer

Put the brakes on the apologies. Think about your brands. And give us a reason to buy your cars. That's what marketing gurus say General Motors Co. must do as it begins a massive overhaul of advertising worth more than $2 billion a year now that it's out of bankruptcy protection.

EBay, GM Set To Start Car-Selling Trial Tuesday

August 10, 2009 4:23 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

General Motors and eBay Inc. are expected to announce Monday that hundreds of the auto maker's California dealers will let consumers haggle over the prices of new cars and trucks through the online marketplace, as part of a previously disclosed trial.

Hydroelectric Plant A Job Creator In Western KY

August 10, 2009 4:17 am

A hydroelectric plant being built along the Ohio River in western Kentucky will eventually provide power for communities in a half-dozen states. The $416 million project on the Cannelton Locks and Dam will employ 200 to 400 construction workers, the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro reports.

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Industrial Hemp Growth In Oregon Faces Challenges

August 10, 2009 4:10 am

Despite recent approval from state lawmakers, industrial hemp growth in Oregon faces a number of hurdles, including a less than ideal local climate and likely opposition from the Drug Enforcement Agency, an Oregon State University official said. Hemp and its close cousin, marijuana, were outlawed by the federal government in the 1930s.

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Connecticut Factory Goes Up In Flames

August 10, 2009 4:03 am

Dozens of Connecticut firefighters have contained a blaze at a former cardboard package factory in Torrington. The four-alarm fire at the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. factory on Summer Street was reported at about 5 a.m. Monday. A portion of the building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

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Human 'Foot' In NY Recycling Plant Actually Bear Paw

August 7, 2009 12:30 pm

What authorities thought was a decomposing human foot found among recyclables at a western New York landfill really came from a bear. Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said a worker found the object among trash Monday and notified authorities. Povero said it appeared to be a human foot but couldn't be positively identified.

Delta To Cut More Jobs

August 7, 2009 6:55 am

Delta Air Lines Inc., the world's biggest airline operator, is planning to cut more management and administrative jobs, but isn't saying how many, according to a recorded message and a memo from top executives. Chief Executive Richard Anderson said in a recorded message to employees Thursday that Delta has seen its revenue stream decline by billions of dollars because of the weak economy and the drop-off in demand for air travel.

Job Losses Slow To 247,000; Jobless Rate Dips

August 7, 2009 5:55 am

Employers throttled back on layoffs in July, cutting just 247,000 jobs, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.4 percent, its first decline in 15 months. It was a better-than-expected showing that offered a strong signal that the recession is finally ending.

Pillsbury Plant Employee Kills Co-worker

August 6, 2009 6:41 am

An employee crashed his car through a Pillsbury plant's security gate during a shift change Wednesday morning and then fatally shot a co-worker as others watched in horror, authorities said. The shooting occurred as officers were investigating a report of gunshots outside a home less than a mile away, police said.

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Senate Considers $2B 'Clunkers' Refill

August 6, 2009 5:02 am | by Ken Thomas & Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writers

The Senate is poised to add $2 billion to the popular "cash-for-clunkers" program after lawmakers agreed to vote on the government car incentives and give shoppers until Labor Day to visit their local dealerships and make a deal. Administration officials have estimated the tripling of the $1 billion program could fund an additional 500,000 new car sales, giving automakers a late summer boost after months of ragged sales.

Obama Says Indiana 'Factories Coming Back To Life'

August 5, 2009 12:39 pm | by Ben Feller, Associated Press Writer

Trumpeting a "made in America" message, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a national investment in electric cars as the latest effort to rebuild an economy that keeps shedding jobs. "We know that, even in the hardest times, against the toughest odds, we have never surrendered.

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Tyson Foods 3Q Profit Jumps As Chicken Sales Rise

August 3, 2009 9:45 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer

Changes at Tyson Foods Inc. over the past year have begun to help the bottom line of the world's largest meat producer, which posted a strong third-quarter profit on Monday. Tyson earned $134 million, or 35 cents per share, compared with $9 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier, mainly through its chicken business.

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NY Man Wanted In Bhopal Gas Leak 'Haunted'

August 3, 2009 6:02 am

The former head of the chemical company responsible for the gas leak that killed 10,000 people in India 25 years ago has been "haunted" for years by the world's worst industrial disaster, his wife said Saturday. An Indian court issued a warrant Friday for Warren Anderson, the former head of Union Carbide Corp.

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