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NH Auto Dealers Bill Headed To Governor

May 31, 2013 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Legislation was headed to Gov. Maggie Hassan on Thursday that gives New Hampshire auto dealers protections in their dealings with their manufacturers. Without discussion, the Senate voted to accept changes the House made to the bill. Both chambers passed the bill by overwhelming margins.

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Utility, Alcoa Continue Negotiating Power Rate

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa Inc. and South Carolina's state-owned utility have agreed to continue talks on a new power contract for the company's aluminum plant outside Goose Creek. Alcoa and Santee Cooper said Thursday they have agreed to extend the company's power contract deadline until the end of the year.

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Dell Board Recommends Michael Dell Buyout Offer

May 31, 2013 2:35 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer

The Dell board is standing behind a buyout offer from the company's CEO and founder, and has asked shareholders of the slumping PC maker to approve the deal in a July 18 vote. The company's announcement Friday is the latest volley in a battle with prominent shareholders over the company's future and Michael Dell's role in it.

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Singapore Airlines Places Big Order For New Jets

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Singapore Airlines said Thursday that it ordered 60 new planes from Boeing and Airbus that carry a combined list price of more than $17 billion. The orders were evenly split — 30 planes from U.S.-based Boeing and 30 from Europe's Airbus. Airlines typically get deep discounts on planes, and Singapore did not say how much it will pay the manufacturers.

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Tesla Promises To Add Charging Stations

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

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ArcelorMittal Sells Stake In Canada Unit For $1.1B

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said Thursday that it has completed the sale of a 15 percent stake in one of its Canadian iron ore operations to an Asian-led consortium for $1.1 billion in cash. A group led by South Korean steelmaker POSCO and China Steel Corp. had entered into a joint venture that owns ArcelorMittal iron ore mining and infrastructure assets in Quebec. The deal was originally announced in January.

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Estonia Eager To Teach World About Oil Shale

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Gary Peach, Associated Press

Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pioneer. But the tiny East European country's most far-reaching economic achievement could come from how it has learned to squeeze oil from a rock.

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GM To Show Off Reworked Chevy Malibu

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Malibu, an also-ran in the popular midsize car segment, shows off a quick makeover Friday that is expected to address criticism of its bland styling and so-so performance. General Motors will unveil the updates at a press event in Detroit. Experts are expecting to see a more modern-looking car, with some additional legroom in the back seat.

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Eurozone Unemployment Heading For 20M

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Unemployment across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit another record high in April — and appears to be on course to hit 20 million this year in what would be another gloomy landmark for the currency bloc. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 12.2 percent in April from the previous record of 12.1 percent the month before.

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Painting Robots Speed Boeing 777 Production

May 30, 2013 2:23 pm | by Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

Inside a sealed building in Boeing's Everett widebody-jet assembly plant, two robotic machines glide along tracks on either side of a 106-foot 777 wing laid flat, their heads reaching out like animatronic dinosaurs nibbling at the giant wing.

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Motorola: 1st U.S.-Assembled Smartphones Coming

May 30, 2013 2:21 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press

Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X. The Texas site was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google.

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Shelby Developing WA Supercar Factory

May 30, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Tri-City native Jerod Shelby is building a factory in West Richland for his SSC North America company that makes cars that can speed hundreds of miles per hour and sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Shelby broke ground Tuesday on the $5 million project, which will include a research and development section and museum, The Tri-City Herald reported. It could employ more than 50 people.

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SD Lawmakers Seek Info On Labor Recruiting Plan

May 30, 2013 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Democratic state lawmakers have asked Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard for information on the state's $5 million contract with a national recruiting firm that was hired to find new workers for hard-to-fill jobs in the state. The Democrats want information about the program's expense, the contract with ManpowerGroup, the number and type of jobs filled, and the wages paid for those jobs.

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Cheap Leases Offered To Spur Electric Car Sales

May 30, 2013 2:11 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars. Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third, following similar moves by other automakers. Honda also is throwing in other goodies, such as a free home charging station and unlimited mileage.

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Kohler's Expansion Plan Includes 300 Jobs

May 30, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

The Kohler Co. expects to begin construction later this summer to expand its generator manufacturing plant in eastern Wisconsin. Increased demand for standby power generators from residential and industrial customers in North America is driving the 80,000-square-foot expansion at its plant in the Town of Mosel, Kohler officials said. The cost of the expansion was not disclosed.

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Brooks Expands Global Reach With New Middle East Sales Office

May 30, 2013 11:26 am | by Brooks Instrument

Brooks Instrument, a world-leading provider of advanced flow, pressure, vacuum, level and vapor delivery solutions, has opened a new sales office in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, to support its expanding customer base in the Middle East. The new facility, which officially opened March 9, offers the full line of Brooks products with a focus on thermal mass flow and variable area flow instrumentation.

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OECD: Europe Remains Threat To World Economy

May 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press

The recession in Europe risks hurting the world's economic recovery, a leading international body warned Wednesday. In its half-yearly update, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that protracted economic weakness in Europe "could evolve into stagnation with negative implications for the global economy."

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Amway Building $81M Facility In Michigan

May 29, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Amway Corp. is building an $81 million manufacturing and warehouse facility near the company's headquarters in West Michigan. The direct-sales giant on Wednesday announced the official start of construction of the 317,000-square-foot facility near its headquarters in Kent County's Ada Township.

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Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. Cities

May 29, 2013 2:16 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring. The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates declined in 344 of the 372 largest metro areas. Rates rose in just 17 cities and were unchanged in 11.

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EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lowest To Date

May 29, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The EU's environmental agency says the 27-nation bloc's greenhouse emissions in 2011 were the lowest since it began monitoring them in 1990. The European Environment Agency says greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.3 percent compared to 2010, and were 18.4 percent below 1990 levels. It cited a milder winter in 2011 as the main reason for the drop.

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