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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Fell In June

August 9, 2013 2:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles in June for a third straight month even as their sales rose again. Businesses may need to speed up restocking if demand continues to increase, a trend that could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.

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Honda To Build Second Factory In Brazil

August 9, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. says it will invest 1 billion reals ($435 million) to build its second factory in Latin America's biggest country. In a statement emailed Thursday, the Japanese automaker says the new plant is expected to begin operating in 2015 and will have an annual production capacity of 120,000 compact cars.

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UT Looks To Industry For Pollution Cuts

August 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Paul Foy, Associated Press

State regulators struggling to comply with federal clean-air standards said they were likely to require major polluters to upgrade emissions controls, but that the effort may not be enough to deal with Utah's most serious episodes of air pollution.

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Challenge For Wind Power Can Be Reaching Customers

August 9, 2013 10:05 am | by David Sharp, Wilson Ring, Associated Press

During the height of last month's heat wave, millions of people in northern New England were urged to conserve energy, and some utilities fired up expensive, dirty sources of power to meet demand. But at the same time, at least two wind farms in Maine and Vermont were ordered to reduce the amount of electricity they provided.

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Lawyer To Seek $20M In Case Against Toyota

August 9, 2013 10:01 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent

A lawyer for plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. told a jury on Thursday he will ask for $20 million in damages for the family of a woman who died when her Camry suddenly accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. The case involving the 2009 death of Noriko Uno is the first involving the issue to go to trial in state court.

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Even As Sales Rise, Ford Says New Plants Unlikely

August 9, 2013 10:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Even though U.S. auto sales are close to returning to pre-recession levels, don't expect to see a new Ford factory anytime soon. Jim Tetreault, Ford's North American manufacturing chief, says his mandate is to squeeze more production out of existing plants to avoid the high cost of new bricks and mortar. Some plants are operating near capacity.

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Remington Breaks Ground On AR Plant Expansion

August 9, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press

Remington Arms Company broke ground Thursday on an expansion to its ammunition plant in Arkansas, adding between 50 and 100 jobs in a project that the company says will help meet a growing demand by gun owners around the country. Officials with the North Carolina-based firm said they expected to complete work by June 2014 on the 35,000-square-foot building adjacent to its existing plant in Lonoke.

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Great Falls Refinery Hit With OSHA Fine

August 9, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor is fining a petroleum refinery in Great Falls for unsafe working conditions. The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it is proposing a $77,000 fine for Calumet Montana Refining.

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U.S. Says Differences Remain After Japan Trade Talks

August 9, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. and Japanese officials wrapped up a round of talks aimed at reducing trade barriers Friday, but differences remained over autos, insurance and other industries. "These concerns remain," Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler told reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. "The negotiations got off to a good start this week."

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NY Firearms Maker Blames Move On New Law

August 8, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press

A firearms manufacturer in New York, partially blaming the state's new gun control law, said Wednesday it's moving its corporate offices — and its plans for expansion — to Pennsylvania. Kahr Firearms Group of Pearl River is the first gunmaker to announce it's leaving because of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which was put into law after closed-door negotiations in January.

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Six Of 12 Small Cars Do Well In Front Crash Tests

August 8, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.

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GM To Keep Colorado, Canyon Names For New Trucks

August 8, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors will keep the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon names when it rolls out redesigned midsize pickup trucks next year. The new trucks will be markedly different from the current models, with the Colorado targeted toward people who spend time outdoors and the Canyon aimed at professional buyers, Chief Financial Officer Dan Ammann said Thursday at an auto industry conference.

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Safety Citations Issued To AL Steel Manufacturer

August 8, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal officials issued safety citations to a steel manufacturing company and proposed more than $117,000 in fines Wednesday. Fifteen safety citations have been issued to the Northport-based Hanna Steel Corp, U.S. Department of Labor officials said. The plant manufactures steel tubing and pre-painted steel.

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EU Pursues Probe Of Chinese Solar Subsidies

August 8, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

The European Union is pressing ahead with an investigation of whether China unfairly helps its solar panel makers with government subsidies. The European Commission, the 28-nation bloc's executive arm, had only days ago agreed to a settlement over China's alleged practice of selling its panels below cost, a practice known as dumping. But complaints over Beijing's alleged state subsidies were never settled.

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Tesla Shares Jump On Narrowed 2Q Loss

August 8, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Electric car maker Tesla reported a narrower loss for the second quarter on Wednesday, sparking an after-hours rally in its stock. The Palo Alto, Calif., company reported after the close of trading on Wall Street that it lost $30.5 million, or 26 cents per share, in the April-June period. That compares with a loss of $105.6 million, or $1 per share, a year earlier.

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Man Dies When Caught In Equipment At IN Plant

August 7, 2013 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

A coroner says a man has died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries after being caught in a piece of equipment at a northeastern Indiana steel plant. Whitley County Coroner F. Randall Dellinger says 44-year-old Jeffery Flory of Albion died in the accident Monday night at the Steel Dynamics plant in Columbia City, about 20 miles west of Fort Wayne.

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Chrysler To Spend $52M At MI Plants, Create 300 Jobs

August 7, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is investing $52 million at two Michigan plants to build more four-cylinder engines in anticipation of increased demand. The money is going into factories in Trenton and Dundee, Mich., south of Detroit. Almost 300 new jobs will be created at the Trenton North factory.

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Auto Industry: Young People Will Buy Cars Again

August 7, 2013 1:50 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

The auto industry says people under 34 are gradually starting to buy cars again as their economic circumstances improve. After the Great Recession, sales of cars to young people dropped significantly. Fewer of them even bothered to get drivers licenses. Some experts surmised that the group lost interest in cars because of the prevalence of social media.

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Honda To Invest In Engine Plant, Training Centers

August 7, 2013 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda says it will spend $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio. The investment will add about 60 jobs in the state, although 50 of them will come from other Honda operations in North America.    

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Japan, U.S. Hold Talks Linked To Regional Trade Pact

August 7, 2013 1:47 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

U.S. and Japanese officials are holding talks in Tokyo to overcome obstacles to Japan's ongoing participation in American-led efforts to forge a regional free trade bloc. Acting deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler is heading the U.S. side in talks that began Wednesday on autos, insurance and non-tariff barriers to trade.

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