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Data Shows China Passing U.S. As Biggest Oil Importer

October 10, 2013 1:25 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to U.S. government data released this week.          


For 2014, Fiat Offers A Longer 500 Model

October 9, 2013 2:12 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press

It doesn't sound like much: An extra 27.7 inches of length, nearly 6 more inches of height, two additional doors and four more panels of window glass on a small car badged "Fiat 500L".           


Auto Parts Maker Shifting Work From Mich. To Ind.

October 9, 2013 2:09 pm | by AP

Quebec-based Exo-s US says it will spend nearly $7 million on the factory in the LaGrange County town of Howe. It expects to open the factory next year and hire up to 250 workers by 2016.           


Grand Forks Wind Turbine Plant Bringing Back Jobs

October 9, 2013 2:07 pm | by AP

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Denmark-based LM Wind Power expects to have 570 employees at its North Dakota facility by the end of the year.                  


Worker Dies In Louisiana Plant Accident

October 9, 2013 2:05 pm | by AP

Deputies say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work. The plant makes steel pipe for the oil and gas industry.              


Shutdown Means No New Beer From Craft Brewers

October 9, 2013 2:02 pm | by Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Tthe shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry.             


What If Car Boss Mulally Took Over At Microsoft?

October 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices, and Microsoft is struggling. Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are resurgent.                         


Hawaii Wants Diet Supplement Removed After Illnesses

October 9, 2013 9:16 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.


Lincoln Takes On Lexus In New Ads

October 9, 2013 9:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford's luxury Lincoln brand spent most of this year reintroducing itself to American buyers. Now, it's taking on Lexus in a new bid to get noticed.                 


Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 10

October 9, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

A fire killed 10 people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions in an industry that is the world's third-largest.    


Ex-Boeing Worker Accused Of Giving Inside Info

October 9, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press

A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted a former Boeing Co. procurement officer on charges he gave inside information to a Washington state shop owner and others, netting the subcontractors more than $3.5 million in orders for aircraft parts.


Pilots, Airline Fault Equipment In Asiana Crash

October 9, 2013 9:03 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.


Gildan To Add 500 Jobs At N.C. Plants

October 9, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press

An apparel-maker that produces T-shirts, socks and other clothing plans a $250 million factory expansion that will add about 500 jobs in the next three years.                


Largest Coal-Fired Plant In NE To Close By 2017

October 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by AP

Owners of the coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the region's electricity grid when it is retired as of May 2017.        


U.S. Adults Score Below Average On Worldwide Test

October 8, 2013 2:26 pm | by AP

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.


FAA Brings Back Some Workers As Shutdown Drags On

October 8, 2013 2:24 pm | by AP

Federal Aviation Administration officials say 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work this week despite no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.        

Obama Climate Adviser Stepping Down

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP

Heather Zichal has been advising Obama for five years and is the architect of his climate change plan. She also advises Obama on energy issues. Zichal plans to leave the White House within a few weeks. The White House hasn't announced who will replace her.


Cooper Tire, Apollo Tyres Agreement Grows Strained

October 8, 2013 2:21 pm

India's Apollo is seeking a lower price than the original $35 per share it offered Cooper because of added talks for union matters. It also says Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper has not provided enough information about a Chinese subsidiary.   

Budvar Claims Victory Over AB InBev In Italy

October 8, 2013 2:19 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press

The state-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP said on Tuesday an Italian court has banned its bitter rival, beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser trademark in that country, the latest ruling in their long legal battle over the brand name.


Seafood Processor Recalls 2 Years' Worth Of Product

October 8, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

A Sitka seafood processor has recalled two years' worth of product, after a state inspection found monitoring equipment had failed.                                 



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