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Union Says Sparrows Point To Idle Tin Mill

March 2, 2012 2:01 pm

Union officials say the owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to temporarily idle the tin mill at the financially struggling plant.

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ND Officials Move To Take Over Sunflower Company

March 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by Dale Wetzel, Associated Press

North Dakota regulators filed court documents to take over the seed processing company that may owe farmers more than $4 million.

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Century Aluminum Factory Restart Possible

March 2, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Century says remaining factors include the aluminum market, a competitive labor agreement, and an energy contract.

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Hitachi To Up Global Output Of Mining Machines

March 2, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. said it will construct new plants and expand existing plants to increase its production capacity amid robust global demand.

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Detroit Is Ready For Rising Gas Prices

March 2, 2012 10:09 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

The Detroit Three have spent billions since 2008 to roll out new models such as the Dodge Dart and Chevrolet Cruze.

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German Court Dismisses Apple, Samsung Lawsuits

March 2, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Court spokesman Joachim Bock said judges dismissed both cases involving alleged patent infringements of the companies' respective slide-to-lock technology on mobile devices.

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Abbott To Spend $270M On OH Nutritional Plant

March 2, 2012 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

Health care product maker Abbott Laboratories says it will spend $270 million on a new plant in Ohio and employ 240 workers to make nutritional drinks.

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U.S. Still Interested In Brazilian Military Aircraft

March 2, 2012 10:03 am | by Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press

The U.S. is still interested in the Super Tucano aircraft, a State Department official said days after the Air Force said it was rescinding a $354M contract for such aircraft.

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Plans Call For Demolishing Detroit Packard Plant

March 2, 2012 10:01 am | by The Associated Press
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Jobs Picture Brightens, But Incomes Weak

March 2, 2012 9:59 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers

Americans' after-tax income adjusted for inflation actually fell in January, which led to a fourth straight month of weak consumer spending.

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Big Sales For Small Cars In February

March 1, 2012 1:32 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Chrysler's February sales rose 40 percent from a year earlier as it sold nearly 134,000 new cars and trucks.

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China Manufacturing Sees February Gains

March 1, 2012 1:30 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing gained momentum in February, helped by strength in new orders, export demand and production, a government survey showed, though inflation pressures remain a concern.

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IN-Based Hybrid Startup Ceasing Operations

March 1, 2012 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press

A startup company that planned to manufacture hybrid delivery vehicles is ceasing operations, blaming "onerous" federal requirements executives say thwarted their efforts to secure a $450 million loan.

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GM To Take Peugeot Stake As Part Of Alliance

March 1, 2012 1:26 pm | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer

General Motors and France's PSA Peugeot Citroen, both struggling in Europe, unveiled the details of a strategic alliance that will see the U.S. auto giant take a small stake in Europe's No. 2 carmaker.

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Australian Charged In U.S. Says He Sold To Iran

March 1, 2012 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Prosecutors say Levick concealed the fact that the goods were intended for shipment to Iran and duped manufacturers, shippers, and distributors about their intended use.

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Apple Market Value Hits $500B, Where Few Have Gone

March 1, 2012 1:18 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

Apple's market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured — and none have stayed for long.

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Steel King Industries Announces Top Dealers For 2011

February 29, 2012 3:09 pm

Steel King Industries Inc. is pleased to announce our Excalibur Dealer Awards for 2011.

Subaru Moves To Top Spot In Automaker Rankings

February 29, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Consumer Reports named Subaru as its top all-around automaker, thanks largely to trio of newly redesigned vehicles.

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First Solar Sends Jitters Through The Sector

February 29, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

A surprising quarterly loss from the nation's largest solar equipment manufacturer rattled the entire sector, sending shares of every major company downward.

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Japan Factory Output Rises In January

February 29, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan's factory production has risen for a second straight month, boosted by car and camera manufacturing.

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