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China's Sour Melamine Problem Continues

July 9, 2010 4:37 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials have found large batches of milk powder laced with a deadly industrial chemical in at least three provinces that was apparently left over from a milk scandal in 2008 that killed six babies and sickened hundreds of thousands. The discovery shows that toxic milk remains a danger in China despite a crackdown in which dozens of people were arrested and two — a dairy farmer and a milk salesmen — were executed for producing or selling toxic milk.

Toyota Done With Apologies, Wants To 'Move Forward'

July 9, 2010 4:33 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — The president of Toyota Motor Corp. said he has spent the last year apologizing for the automaker's missteps and now hopes to lead the company past its recall crisis and restore confidence in its vehicles. Akio Toyoda, speaking to U.S. reporters on Friday, also reiterated the company's commitment to fuel-efficient vehicles and said the automaker is testing an electric car prototype with technology from Tesla Motors Inc.

Solar Plane Takes First 24-Hour Flight

July 7, 2010 4:44 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer

GENEVA (AP) — An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight Wednesday. The plane with its 262.5-foot (80-meter) wingspan left Payerne airfield in Switzerland shortly before 7 a.

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EPA Hopes To Tighten Bush-Era Pollution Restrictions

July 7, 2010 4:42 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that cause smog. The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the new rule represented its most consequential effort yet to tackle deadly pollution that contributes to smog and soot that hangs over more than half the country.

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FDA Approves First In-Eye Telescope

July 7, 2010 4:39 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.

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Toyota Learns To Take Its Time With New Vehicles

July 7, 2010 4:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the time it takes to develop new vehicles by about four weeks for more quality checks in the wake of its massive safety-related recalls, a top executive said Wednesday. Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada said the company has learned a lot from its recalls of more than 8.

Executives Charged For Running Bankrupt Company

July 7, 2010 4:32 am

SALEM, S.D. (AP) — Two men at the helm of Salem's largest employer when it collapsed into bankruptcy now face criminal charges. Randy Bauer, 52, of Appleton, Wis., and Jason Ollerich, 37, of Sioux Falls, each are charged with four counts of theft by deception, Attorney General Marty Jackley said.

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Researchers Discover Cheaper Adhesive By Accident

July 7, 2010 4:29 am | by Greg Bolt, Associated Press Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at Oregon State University appear to have landed themselves in a sticky business thanks to a discovery made entirely by accident. The researchers, led by wood science Professor Kaichang Li, recently stumbled on a new form of adhesive that they say is just as good as those currently used in various tapes, stick-on notes and stamps.

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Toyota Knew Of Lexus Engine Problem In 2008

July 6, 2010 5:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota knew two years ago about the engine problem behind its latest Lexus recall, even changing the spring part to correct it, but did not think a recall was warranted until recently, a company official said Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp. started Monday a global recall over engine defects in its Lexus luxury models sold around the world, as well as the Crown sold in Japan, moving to repair some 270,000 vehicles to replace valve springs — crucial engine components that are flawed and could cause vehicles to stall.

Nissan Accelerates To Front Of Green Car Chase

July 6, 2010 4:54 am | by Yuri Kageyama,AP Business Writer

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is readying a new hybrid system for its Infiniti luxury model, set to go on sale later this year, while revamping technology for regular gas engines to send a green message. Nissan Motor Co. is a leader among global automakers in zero-emission electric cars, with its Leaf being rolled out in a few months time.

Massey Energy Exec Trades Tie For Oxygen Mask

July 6, 2010 4:43 am | by Tim Huber, AP Business Writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of Massey Energy's top executives has traded his power office for the soot-covered depths of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men. Chris Adkins, chief operating officer of the S&P 500 coal company, led Massey exploration teams into the Upper Big Branch for nearly a month, spokesman Jeff Gillenwater said.

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The Murky Waters Of A GM IPO

July 6, 2010 4:32 am | by Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Think back to what seemed to be a lifetime ago — like a whole three years — and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't have GM stock in some part of their portfolio. It was one of the most widely held stocks in the world, and one of the world's best-known brands.

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Laid-Off Bobcat Workers Don't Miss Their Jobs

July 6, 2010 4:30 am | by Christopher Bjorke, Associated Press Writer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Six months later, there is no boss and no time clock and the sun is overhead, instead of a factory roof. "I love the freedom. The biggest thing is I'm in control of my own destiny," said Dale Lang, a former Bobcat employee who now works for himself, running a lawn care business.

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Obama Grants $2 Billion For Solar Manufacturing

July 6, 2010 4:29 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is handing out nearly $2 billion for new solar plants that President Barack Obama says will create thousands of jobs and increase the use of renewable energy sources. Obama announced the initiative in his weekly radio and online address Saturday, saying the money is part of his plan to bring new industries to the U.

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120-Year-Old Steam Locomotive Revived

July 2, 2010 6:44 am | by Ed Marcum, Associated Press Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 120-year-old steam locomotive that spent 55 of those years sitting out in the weather at Chilhowee Park will be back on the tracks this weekend for the first time since 1953, hauling passengers for the Three Rivers Rambler train excursion. Locomotive No. 154 will make its first run in 57 years at 11 a.

Manufactured Goods Decline 1.4 Percent In May

July 2, 2010 6:40 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories declined broadly in May after nine straight months of gains. The Commerce Department says orders for manufactured goods decreased by 1.4 percent in May. It was the biggest drop since March 2009. Excluding the volatile transportation sector, orders fell by 0.

F-Series Still Top-Selling Vehicle, Foreigns Strong

July 2, 2010 5:52 am

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers released June U.S. sales figures last Thursday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the percent change in sales from June 2009. Vehicle June 2010 sales Percent change Ford F-series 46,502 29.5 percent Chevrolet Silverado 30,994 25.

ArcelorMittal: Forget The Law, No Guns At Our Mills

July 2, 2010 5:47 am | by Charles Wilson, Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state law that went into effect on Thursday allowing employees to keep guns locked and out of sight in their vehicles while parked at work caused some confusion as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce weighed the possibility of a legal challenge. One steel company told workers at two northwestern Indiana mills that they were not permitted to bring guns onto its property despite the new law.

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Wind Power Is Still Possible, Just Think Small-Scale

July 2, 2010 4:58 am | by Steve Everly, Associated Press Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — If Abigail Stutzman has anything to say about it, small wind turbines will someday dot backyards across the Midwest. The fifth-grader at Starside Elementary School in De Soto has an interest in the environment, including helping to recycle much of her family's trash.

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The Blind Driving The Blind

July 2, 2010 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could a blind person drive a car? Researchers are trying to make that far-fetched notion a reality. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.

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