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Return-To-Moon Program Gets Small Boost

September 16, 2009 4:10 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

September 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's weakened return-to-the-moon program got a lift Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The head of a special expert panel conceded to Congress that the moon program could work if given enough money. That would mean another $3 billion a year for the program proposed by President George W.


Obama: His Administration 'Stopped Economic Free Fall'

September 15, 2009 11:11 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

September 15, 2009 PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Barack Obama told the AFL-CIO Tuesday his administration has "stopped our economic free fall" and is determined to seal a recovery while revitalizing America's middle class. Shoring up a key part of his political base, Obama told the labor federation's convention that the administration is a fierce supporter of workers' rights and defender of unions.


OR, MI Top List Of Best Solar Manufacturers

September 15, 2009 6:18 am

Despite a recession, manufacturing capacity for solar panels will rise at a rate of 45 percent each year, from 875 megawatts in 2008 to 3,880 megawatts in 2012, according to GTM Research's recently published report "PV Manufacturing in the United States: Market Outlook, Incentives and Supply Chain Opportunities (http://www.


U.S. Steel To Restart Minnesota Plant

September 15, 2009 5:07 am

September 15, 2009 KEEWATIN, Minn. (AP) -- Union officials at an idled northern Minnesota taconite plant say they've been told by U.S. Steel that production will start again soon. Steelworkers 2660 President Jack Thronson says he received a call Monday from Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel saying the company will bring workers back.


Safety Board Rejects Changes After Slim Jim Explosion Kills 3

September 15, 2009 4:56 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press Writer

September 15, 2009 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal safety officials have rejected a series of urgent recommendations that investigators offered after an explosion at a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina killed three people. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that staff members of the U.


China Presses On WTO Case, Emphasizes 'Bilateral' Relations

September 15, 2009 4:36 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

September 15, 2009 BEIJING (AP) -- China tried Tuesday to allay fears of a trade war with Washington over tire tariffs, saying it will press a World Trade Organization case against new U.S. duties but wants to avoid harming relations. "U.S. and Chinese trade and economic relations are the most important bilateral relations.

Intel: $1.45b Monopoly Abuse Fine A Mistake

September 15, 2009 4:27 am

September 15, 2009 BRUSSELS (AP) — Intel Corp. is claiming in court documents that European Union regulators made serious mistakes in levying a record euro1.06 billion ($1.45 billion) fine for monopoly abuse last May. In a legal plea published in the European Union's Official Journal, the U.

Startup To Build Electric Cars In OK

September 15, 2009 4:20 am | by Murray Evans, Associated Press Writer

September 15, 2009 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from companies based in Oklahoma and Georgia plan on Tuesday to discuss an agreement under which all-electric, street-legal, low-speed vehicles will be assembled and sold in Oklahoma. The agreement between AMP Control Inc. of Piedmont and Wheego Electric Cars Inc.


Obama Woos Autoworkers, AFL-CIO

September 15, 2009 4:11 am | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

September 15, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — Going before groups of autoworkers and union members, President Barack Obama is trying Tuesday to assure blue-collar audiences that the economy is coming back — and that his administration deserves credit for saving some of their jobs. Obama is scheduled to meet with workers at the General Motors Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown, Ohio, where GM recently was able to start a second production line because of demand prompted by the federal Cash for Clunkers program.


Lilly To Eliminate Thousands Of Jobs In Reorganization

September 14, 2009 5:01 am

September 14, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. says it will eliminate thousands of jobs and reorganize into five business units in an effort to slash costs and speed up development of potential new drugs. The Indianapolis company says it will reduce its work force to 35,000 by the end of 2011.

AFL-CIO President Sweeney Steps Down

September 14, 2009 4:51 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer

September 14, 2009 PITTSBURGH (AP) -- John Sweeney, stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the AFL-CIO, urged union leaders Sunday to keep up the fight to reform health care and overhaul labor laws so workers can form unions more easily. "We're on the cusp of the greatest advance in labor law reform in 70 years, but we're taking heavy fire from the corporate captains of deceit," Sweeney told about 1,000 union members at the federation's convention.

EU Predicts Exit From Recession In 3Q

September 14, 2009 4:28 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer

September 14, 2009 BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Monday that the recession in the euro-zone and EU will likely have ended in the third quarter with the resumption of modest economic growth. In an update to its May forecast, the EU cast doubt on strength of the upswing, saying it won't change its prediction for the euro-zone and EU economies to shrink by 4 percent this year.

China Files WTO Complaint Over Obama's Tariffs

September 14, 2009 4:22 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

September 14, 2009 BEIJING (AP) — Beijing filed a World Trade Organization complaint Monday over new U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires, stepping up pressure on Washington in the latest in a series of trade disputes. The conflict is a potential irritant as Washington and Beijing prepare for a summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in Pittsburgh on Sept.

Paralyzed Welder Gets A Lift

September 14, 2009 4:08 am

September 14, 2009 MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Jordan Kay is proving that no job is out of reach. Kay, a welder training in Minot, was in kindergarten when he was paralyzed in a car accident. His dream to become a welder in a mechanics shop might have been dashed but for the help and ingenuity of instructors at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

Pratt May Move CT Jobs To Japan

September 14, 2009 3:59 am

September 14, 2009 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney says it's finished formal negotiations with the Machinists union but hasn't made a decision on the future of more than 1,000 employees in Connecticut. In a statement released Sunday, the jet engine maker says it's evaluating the union's proposal and an offer from the state.


Volkswagen To Invest $5.8b In China

September 11, 2009 6:48 am

September 11, 2009 FRANKFURT (AP) — German carmaker Volkswagen AG said Friday it wants to spend euro4 billion ($5.8 billion) in China between now and 2011 on new products and plant expansions to keep up with rising demand there. The company plans to make investments, including increasing capacity, at its Nanjing and Chengdu plants, where it hopes to produce two new models starting in 2012.


SC Boeing Workers Vote To Reject Union

September 11, 2009 5:36 am

September 11, 2009 CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Workers at a South Carolina Boeing Co. plant have voted against continued representation by a union as the company considers the site for a second assembly line for its new 787 wide-body jetliner. Workers at the North Charleston plant, which makes fuselage sections for the 787, voted 199-68 Thursday against continued representation by the International Association of Machinists.


Pfeiffer Foods Closes NY Salad Dressing Plant

September 11, 2009 4:47 am

September 11, 2009 WILSON, N.Y. (AP) — Pfeiffer Foods says it will close its western New York salad dressing plant this fall, putting more than 150 people out of work. Officials at Pfeiffer, a division of Columbus, Ohio-based T. Marzetti Co., confirmed Thursday that the company's plant in Wilson will close in November.


China's Industrial Output Rises 12.3 Percent

September 11, 2009 4:39 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

September 11, 2009 SHANGHAI (AP) — China's recovery gained momentum in August as stimulus spending helped boost industrial output, investment and retail sales in the world's third-largest economy, offsetting a slump in exports. The National Statistics Bureau reported that industrial production rose 12.

CA Auto Dealers Appeal Strict EPA Emissions Standards

September 11, 2009 4:34 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

September 11, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Auto dealers and business leaders on Thursday appealed a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that allowed California to establish the nation's first greenhouse gas standards for cars and trucks, setting the stage for a potential attempt to block the global warming rules.


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