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Economic Spying Case Over China, Chemical Grows

March 12, 2012 10:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

U.S. prosecutors say Chinese Communist leaders decreed that obtaining DuPont's manufacturing method of "titanium white" was a national economic and scientific imperative.


Feds Investigate Ford Tauruses For Stuck Throttles

March 12, 2012 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the cruise control cable may become detached and hold the throttle open.


Volkswagen Targeting Revenue Rise In 2012

March 12, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest carmaker by sales, said Monday it was targeting a further increase in deliveries and revenues in 2012 despite difficult trading conditions in some European countries.


CAT Taking Applications For New GA Plant

March 12, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar says it plans to begin production in late 2013 and is looking to hire workers.


7 Reasons The Job Gains Could Last This Time

March 12, 2012 10:03 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

For reasons ranging from progress on Europe's debt crisis to a slowly improving housing market to slightly less gridlock in Congress, the economy and the job market appear better able to withstand setbacks than they were in 2011.


China Auto Sales Weakened In 2012

March 9, 2012 2:40 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

China's vehicle sales weakened further in the first two months of this year as the economy slowed and higher fuel prices deterred some buyers.


Ford Bringing Luxury To Super Duty Trucks

March 9, 2012 2:38 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Super Duty Platinum will have standard navigation, a rear-view camera and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel when it goes on sale later this year.


Court Blocks Parts Of AL Immigration Law

March 9, 2012 2:36 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two more sections of Alabama's new law targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of lawsuits seeking to strike the law down entirely.


Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

March 9, 2012 2:35 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Praising manufacturing jobs, President Barack Obama was outlining ways of pairing factory output with university research in a bid to bring jobs back to the U.S. and help companies innovate.


2 Plead Not Guilty In DuPont Trade Secret Theft

March 9, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Two suspects have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they stole DuPont Co.'s technology and sold it to a company controlled by the Chinese government.

Wholesale Inventories Rose 0.4 Percent In January

March 9, 2012 2:30 pm | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in January although sales fell for the first time in eight months.


Airbus Says China Blocking Orders Over EU Scheme

March 9, 2012 10:02 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press

China is blocking orders for at least $12B worth of Airbus jets to protest the European Union's emissions trading fees, in a new challenge to the program aimed at fighting global warming, the planemaker said.


iPad Dominates Due To Apple's Supply Deals

March 9, 2012 10:00 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Apple certainly has lots of buzz and corporate cache behind its products, but there's a hidden — almost mundane — reason its newest iPad is likely to dominate the competition: the advantageous deals the company cuts with components manufacturers.


Japan Automakers Are Back A Year After Disaster

March 9, 2012 9:58 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Nissan is back, one year after an earthquake and tsunami in Japan ground auto production to a halt, left giant cracks at a key factory, and killed employees.


House Passes Bipartisan Bill To Help Startups

March 9, 2012 9:56 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press

House lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a package of bills making it easier for small businesses and startups to raise the capital they need to grow and hire new workers.


U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $52.6B In January

March 9, 2012 9:54 am | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit surged to the widest imbalance in more than three years in January as imports hit an all-time high, reflecting big demand for foreign-made cars, computers, and food products.


AMT, AMTDA Announce Merger

March 9, 2012 9:51 am

This merger marks the beginning of a more powerful voice for the industry and an unparalleled scope of benefits for AMT’s members.

Chrysler CEO Took No Pay In 2011

March 8, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Marchionne declined to take a salary from Chrysler for 2011 despite leading the automaker to its first profitable year since 1997.

Apple CEO Speaks Of Post-PC Era

March 8, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Apple has popularized tablet computers with its iPads. That is hurting PC sales in the U.S. and other industrialized countries.


Toyota Recalling Tacomas, Camrys, Venzas

March 8, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. said Wednesday that it's recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles because of various problems.



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