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Labor Dept. Says No Need For Warning On Layoffs

July 31, 2012 10:36 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The Labor Department said Monday that federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts that could begin on Jan. 2.


Over 2,300 AL Firms Get Special Electric Rates

July 31, 2012 10:34 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press

More than 2,300 Alabama businesses are using special electric rates that a state regulatory board approved last year to encourage an economic recovery.


Court Reverses Worker's $300K Harassment Award

July 31, 2012 10:33 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

Jolly said it is not  "the business of the federal courts generally to clean up the language and conduct of construction sites."


TN VW Workers To Put In 4 Weekly 10-Hour Shifts

July 31, 2012 10:30 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The expanded work force at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga has helped decide a new production schedule that calls for employees to work four 10-hour shifts a week.


TRW Subsidiary To Pay $5.1M Antitrust Fine

July 31, 2012 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Automotive supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said Monday that its German subsidiary will pay a fine of $5.1 million to settle antitrust violations with the U.S. Department of Justice.


U.S. Steel 2Q Net Income Cut In Half

July 31, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press

United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income fell by more than half as slower global economic growth hurt demand in a number of its core markets.


NE Governor Says Chinese Trade Trip Starts Well

July 30, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Heineman and officials from two Nebraska companies said Monday that several agreements between Chinese companies and Nebraska ones have already been signed.


Chrysler Group 2Q Income Reaches $436M

July 30, 2012 2:24 pm | by Chrysler Group

Unlike other U.S.-based automakers, Chrysler is benefiting from its reliance on the United States car market.


Safety Chief Defends Probe Of Toyota Acceleration

July 30, 2012 2:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The government's top auto safety official is denying a U.S. senator's claim that his agency failed to thoroughly investigate unintended acceleration problems in Toyota cars and trucks.


Fragile European Economy Dampens CEOs' Outlook

July 30, 2012 2:18 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer

Deteriorating financial conditions in Europe are weighing down companies' profits. And hope of salvation from other regions — such as China, Brazil and the United States — is starting to dim as those economies weaken.


GM's Marketing Chief Resigns

July 30, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

GM's announcement comes following several major changes to the company's advertising approach and just ahead of its second-quarter earnings report on Thursday.

VA County To Recover Jobs Lost By Mill Closure

July 30, 2012 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

A new study predicts that two new businesses in Isle of Wight County will replace most of the 1,100 jobs lost when an International Paper paper mill closed in 2010.


NTSB Investigating Dreamliner Engine Issue

July 30, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. says federal regulators are investigating after one of its 787 jets had an engine issue that sparked a fire in South Carolina, but the company remains confident in its safety.


Brazil May End Tax Breaks For Auto Industry

July 30, 2012 10:11 am | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press

The government is threatening to suspend auto industry tax breaks in a bid to persuade car makers not to lay off workers, Brazil's largest newspaper said Friday.


Union Seeks To Block Hawker Beechcraft Sale

July 30, 2012 10:10 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

The machinists union for Hawker Beechcraft is trying to block the proposed sale of the struggling aircraft manufacturer to a Chinese company, contending it would give China access to technology it doesn't yet possess.


Assets From MO Sweetener Plant To Be Auctioned

July 30, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

The bondholder trustee for a failed artificial sweetener facility that was supposed to have brought more than 600 jobs in central Missouri said it will auction off assets this fall because it could not find a buyer for the plant.


Hyundai Recalls Santa Fe, Sonata Vehicles

July 30, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags.


Apple, Samsung Face Off In U.S. Court

July 30, 2012 10:05 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Two tech titans will square off in court over patents in a closely watched trial over control of the U.S. smartphone and computer tablet markets.


Recession Not As 'Great' As Previously Thought

July 27, 2012 12:25 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Here's a small consolation: The Great Recession wasn't quite as horrendous as previously thought.


Mazda Recalls 217,000 Tribute SUVs

July 27, 2012 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling about 217,000 Tribute SUVs to fix a problem that can cause the gas pedals to stick.



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