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Airbus Soars Past Boeing With $72 Billion In Orders

June 23, 2011 8:54 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus is trouncing Boeing in the race to be the world's biggest planemaker, claiming over $72 billion dollars worth of orders and commitments at the Paris Air Show, where the popularity of its new fuel-efficient jets twice broke records for the largest order ever. Airbus' success cast a long shadow over Chicago-based Boeing, which recorded only $22 billion in orders and commitments, and raised questions over the U.

Hoeganaes To Resume Production Despite Four Deaths

June 23, 2011 8:47 am

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Gallatin, Tenn., Hoeganaes chemical plant where four workers have died in fires this year will resume partial production this week. Officials at the Hoeganaes plant did not specify which day and said production in other areas of the facility is expected to restart over the coming weeks after reviews.

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Saab Runs Out Of Money To Pay 3,700 Employees

June 23, 2011 8:44 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saab, the Swedish car company renowned for its sometimes quirky designs, moved closer to bankruptcy Thursday after it conceded that it didn't have any money to pay employees' wages. After months of production stoppages and problems with paying suppliers, Saab said the situation is so dire that it won't be able to pay its 3,700 employees, raising doubts over how long the brand can survive.

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Survey: New U.S. Cars Struggle With Quality

June 23, 2011 8:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Owners of cars that were new or redesigned for the 2011 model year are reporting more quality problems, partly because of glitches with the navigation screens, voice-activated systems and other technology packed into their dashboards. J.D. Power and Associates released its annual survey of new vehicle quality Thursday.

Rexel Launches Online Magazine Focused On Electrical Efficiency Issues

June 22, 2011 10:54 am

Dallas, TX — Rexel, one of the world’s leading electrical distributors, announced today that it has launched a new electrical efficiency online resource: www.electrical-efficiency.com . This new online magazine will offer diverse content on related regulation, solutions, projects, markets and major news worldwide.

Kawasaki Recalls Most Of Its Laid-Off Neb. Workers

June 22, 2011 9:50 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kawasaki has recalled most of the workers who were laid off in the spring at its rail car production plant in Lincoln. The plant in March laid off 115 workers because of a parts error by a supplier in Japan. The error was complicated by the earthquake in Japan. The Lincoln Journal Star says Thursday that plant manager Mike Boyle says most employees have now returned to work.

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Ford To Offer Inflatable Seat Belts In More Vehicles

June 22, 2011 9:39 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer, Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. will offer inflatable rear seat belts in more of its vehicles starting next summer. Ford was the first in the industry to offer the belts, which are now available on the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV. The company plans to offer them on the Ford Flex, a seven-passenger crossover wagon, and two unnamed Lincoln vehicles.

Japan Nuke Plant To Pay $1 Billion To Displaced Neighbors

June 22, 2011 9:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The owner of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant will pay an estimated $1 billion (88 billion yen) to thousands of residents who evacuated homes near the radiation-leaking plant and don't yet know when they can return. Compensation Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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Federal Reserve Acknowledges Slow Recovery

June 22, 2011 9:17 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve acknowledged Wednesday that the economy is growing more slowly than it expected. But it said it will complete its $600 billion Treasury bond buying program by June 30 as planned and announced no further efforts to boost the economy. Ending a two-day meeting, the Fed repeated a pledge to keep interest rates at record lows near zero for "an extended period," a promise it's made for more than two years.

Airbus Bags Biggest Sale In Aviation History With A320neo

June 22, 2011 9:04 am | by Greg Keller and Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus racked up huge orders for its fuel-saving A320neo jetliner on Wednesday, even bagging the biggest single sale in aviation history, and overshadowing the arrival of Boeing's much-hyped and much-delayed 787 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. As airlines around the world worry about skyrocketing fuel prices, demand has surged for low-consumption planes.

FDA Rules Silicone Breast Implants Mostly Safe

June 22, 2011 9:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials say the latest data on silicone breast implants show they are relatively safe, despite frequent complications that lead about one in five women to have the implants removed within ten years. A Food and Drug Administration report issued Wednesday is the agency's first safety assessment of the implants since regulators returned them to the market in 2006.

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China's Solar City Showcases Heavy Green Investment

June 22, 2011 5:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BAODING, China (AP) — Solar panels jut out of streetlights in China's self-proclaimed Clean Energy City. Tiny wind turbines twirl atop public buildings. Schools are due to teach students about "green living." In the scramble to profit from demand for clean energy, this city southwest of Beijing is promoting itself as a manufacturing center for solar, wind and other gear by transforming into a living showcase of environmental technology.

Nokia To Outsource 2,800 Jobs To Accenture

June 22, 2011 5:00 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. said Wednesday it has completed a deal to outsource Symbian software development to Accenture, including the transfer of 2,800 workers to the global management-consulting firm. The announcement came two months after Nokia disclosed the plan as part of its aim to cut costs by $1.

Boeing May Deliver First 787s As Early As August

June 22, 2011 4:46 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing will deliver the first of its much-delayed 787 wide-bodied jets to launch customer All Nippon Airways as early as August, officials said Wednesday. At a joint ceremony at the Paris Air Show, the two companies showcased the new plane — known as the Dreamliner — saying it will allow airlines to open up a number of new long-haul routes.

Chicago's Biggest Hot Dog Makers Start Wiener War

June 22, 2011 4:41 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — This is a dog fight Chicago will relish. Vienna Beef, one of the world's most famous hot dog makers, is suing the owner of a rival hot dog company, accusing him of either stealing Vienna's 118-year-old recipe or lying to customers by claiming that he's using it. The rival is none other than a grandson of one of the two men who founded the company after their hot dogs became a hit at the 1893 World's Fair.

Rolls Royce Pays $100 Million To Settle Engine Disintegration

June 22, 2011 4:39 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's flagship carrier Qantas said Wednesday it has reached a 95 million Australian dollar ($100 million) settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce over last year's mid-air disintegration of a superjumbo engine, which temporarily forced the grounding of its entire fleet of A380s.

Obama's Commerce Pick Criticizes NLRB In Boeing Case

June 22, 2011 4:35 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to head the Commerce Department criticized a federal labor board's lawsuit against the Boeing Co. on Tuesday over the aerospace giant's decision to locate a new plant in South Carolina. The nominee, John Bryson, recently stepped down from Boeing's board.

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A Plane That's Delayed When There's Not Enough Sunshine

June 21, 2011 9:37 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The plane making one of the biggest splashes at the Paris Air Show carries a grand total of one person and is often delayed because there's too much wind or too little sun. Andre Borschberg pilots the Solar Impulse, a prototype aircraft powered exclusively by sunlight.

Experts, Manufacturers Disagree On Improved Helmets

June 21, 2011 9:34 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Improved helmet design has helped reduce concussions in impact sports such as football and hockey, but it may be impossible to design a helmet that completely eliminates them, according to a panel of sports science professors outlining the latest findings. Helmets "certainly help to mitigate forces that are distributed by impact to the skull and the intracranial cavity and the brain," said Kevin Guskiewicz, a professor of sports science at North Carolina and an expert on football helmets.

OSHA Fines Recycler After Double Amputation Accident

June 21, 2011 9:12 am

VERONA, Miss. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Glen, Miss.-based Triple P Farms Inc. for four safety violations. OSHA has proposed penalties of $73,500. The company has 15 days to appeal. OSHA said Tuesday it began an inspection in February after a worker had both legs amputated when his foot got caught in a baling machine as he attempted to clear cardboard that had jammed at a business in Verona.

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