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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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China's Proview Warns Dealers To Stop iPad Sales

March 8, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The company challenging Apple's use of the iPad name is threatening "severe measures" against trademark infringements.

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BMW Made Record $6.4B In 2011

March 8, 2012 2:02 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

A sharp jump in sales of its luxury cars and sport utility vehicles in China helped German automaker BMW AG increase net profit by 51 percent last year.

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U.S. Unemployment Hovers Near Low Levels

March 8, 2012 2:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening.

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Automakers Look To Apps For Success

March 7, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Automakers are eyeing the booming market for mobile phone applications and now they're reaching for a place on the bandwagon despite safety concerns.

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Chrysler Recalling Jeeps Due To Crash Risk

March 7, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

NHTSA says some of the vehicles in question may have rear lower control arms that could break as a result of corrosion and lead to a crash.

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Alliances The Buzz Word For Europe Auto Survival

March 7, 2012 2:29 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

The brutal European car market is pushing many automakers to look for partners for new technology and access to fresh markets without reinventing the wheel.

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Israel Stunned By Defense Contract Ban

March 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

Israel says it is "surprised" by a decision by India's defense ministry to ban a leading Israeli weapons manufacturer from bidding on Indian defense contracts for the next decade.

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NY Town Gets Grant To Study Industrial Pollution

March 7, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The EPA has announced a $100,000 grant to help the town of Tonawanda, N.Y. address the health risks posed by the numerous air-polluting facilities in the area.

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