The visit was a reminder of China's huge footprint at the busiest port in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of the imports moving through the Port of Los Angeles come from China.
A gauge of future economic activity rose in January for the fourth straight month, adding to evidence that the economy has strengthened in the new year.
The world's biggest ketchup maker's fiscal third-quarter net income rose 4 percent as the company's sales in emerging markets shot up 40 percent.
The goal is to help countries fight everything from fake pharmaceuticals to pirated music, but activists have been waging weeks of protests against what they see as moves intended to clamp down on free expression and Internet privacy.
The St. Louis-based Roundup herbicide maker, which uses massive amounts of electricity at its Soda Springs phosphate plant, convinced lawmakers to schedule hearings on a bill requiring utilities to reveal their best guess on how potential large expenditures, stretching up to 20 years from now, will impact rates.
Millions of Americans will continue to receive long-term unemployment benefits under legislation approved Friday in Congress, but the scope of the program is being scaled back to cover fewer people by the end of the year.
Volkswagen AG says it sold 1.3 per cent more vehicles globally in January but saw sales slip in crisis-hit Europe.
A car plant jointly operated by Toyota Motor Corp. and PSA Peugeot Citroen SA in the Czech Republic says it is reducing the working week and cutting a shift to address falling demand in Europe.
Shares of solar power companies rose Friday after two of them reported encouraging results in their earnings and a third company said it had regulatory approval to continue building a new solar power project in California.
Kansas City Screw Products has filed a lawsuit alleging its former office manager stole nearly $2.7 million from the family-run business and that two banks should have caught the scheme.
Chinese officials face a choice in Apple's dispute with a local company over the iPad trademark — side with a struggling entity that a court says owns the name or with a global brand that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in China.
Chrysler is withdrawing its application for $3.5 billion in government loans that it planned to use to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials announced.
About 100 people in an eastern Arkansas town will lose their jobs after a copper tube company decided not to rebuild part of its plant that was destroyed by fire in September.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it has begun production and sales of the Camry Hybrid at a Taiwan plant, its seventh hybrid-vehicle production site outside of Japan.
Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it's asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.
Cybersecurity experts are urging senators to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.
Caterpillar plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Georgia, bringing an estimated 1,400 jobs to the state, an official familiar with the project told The Associated Press on Friday.
A clothing manufacturer went public Thursday with worries that a Kentucky factory could be forced to close, idling about 100 employees, because the federal government is considering letting prisoners do the work.
The head of General Motors Europe says the company is in talks with unions and employee representatives on ways to cut costs and return the company's Opel and Vauxhall brands to profitability.