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More UAW Locals Reject Ford Contract

October 30, 2009 4:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at two more United Auto Workers locals overwhelmingly rejected changes to their contract with Ford Motor Co. on Thursday, casting further doubt on whether the deal will be approved. Workers at a parts-making plant in Saline, Mich., west of Detroit, voted 75 percent against the deal, while research and engineering employees in Dearborn, Mich.

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BP Fined $87 Million By OSHA For Texas Explosion

October 30, 2009 4:21 am

LONDON (AP) — British oil company BP PLC said Friday it is disappointed to receive a fine — expected to be a record $87 million — from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over a 2005 explosion that killed 15 people at its Texas City refinery.

International Paper Profits Double, 1,600 Still Jobless

October 28, 2009 4:55 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — International Paper, the world's biggest wood products company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit more than doubled as a huge federal tax credit more than offset falling sales of cardboard box materials. The 13 percent sales decline shows retailers who depend on consumer spending for their profits have yet to resume large-scale purchases of the cardboard boxes that are made from materials made by IP.

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Beer Stays Strong Through Global Recession

October 28, 2009 4:46 am

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch brewer Heineken NV on Wednesday raised its forecast for full-year operating profit, citing cost savings, better prices and higher sales of its most profitable brands, even though overall sales volumes were down. The company raised its forecast for full year "organic" operating profit -- a nonstandard measure -- to low double digit growth from high single digit growth.

Goodyear Doubles 3Q Profit

October 28, 2009 4:38 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says its profit more than doubled in the third quarter, helped by new products and lower raw-material costs. The performance marked a reversal by Goodyear, which had reported $554 million in losses in the first six months of the year as the recession staggered the automotive industry.

Ford Picks Favorites In Volvo Sale

October 28, 2009 4:24 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A group led by China's Geely Group is the preferred bidder for Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit, the U.S. automaker said Wednesday. Ford said the selection signals that it is conducting "more detailed and focused negotiations" with Zhejiang Geely Group Holding Co.

S.C. Senate OKs Tax Incentives To Court Boeing

October 28, 2009 4:20 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An economic incentive package that appears tailored to bring a massive Boeing assembly facility to North Charleston easily received key approval Tuesday in the South Carolina Senate. The full Senate voted 44-0 on low-interest construction bonds and incentives that include a sales tax exemption on fuel used in test flights.

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Asian Autos Top Reliability, Ford Close Behind

October 28, 2009 4:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — Asian automakers are still building the most reliable cars and trucks, with eight of the top 10 brands from Japanese and Korean companies, according to an annual survey by Consumer Reports. But several models from Ford Motor Co. are now consistently scoring above Honda and Toyota, the perennial leaders.

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Southern States Ally To Win Tanker Contract

October 27, 2009 5:00 am

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi have announced the launch of an alliance designed to create an aerospace and aviation corridor from Panama City, Fla., to Louisiana. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov.

Vermont Home To New 150-Worker Capacitor Plant

October 27, 2009 4:57 am

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre electronics manufacturer is poised to begin construction on a 52,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which is expected to create 150 new jobs. On Monday, the District 5 Environmental Commission issued a land-use permit for SBE Inc., to build the plant in the Wilson Industrial Park.

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Dow Chemical Leak Prompts Evacuations In Texas

October 27, 2009 4:52 am

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A leak in a Dow Chemical underground pipeline is prompting the evacuation of more than 60 homes in Freeport. Dow Chemical spokeswoman Trish Rithaller says crews on Wednesday are expected to begin digging in an area around the pipeline, in a field, to repair the leak.

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Economic Recovery Coming, But Job Losses To Stay

October 27, 2009 4:43 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain. The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its deepest slump since the 1930s and is in the early stages of a recovery. But the following week, the government will issue another set of figures expected to show unemployment continuing to rise toward and possibly above a clearly recessionary 10 percent.

S.C. ArcelorMittal Mill To Stay Closed Until 2011

October 27, 2009 4:39 am

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A union leader says he doesn't think a South Carolina steel mill will reopen before 2011. United Steelworkers Union local president James Sanderson told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach a company official told him that ArcelorMittal's Georgetown steel mill may not reopen until 2011.

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Missouri, Michigan Autoworkers Reject Ford Contract

October 27, 2009 4:27 am

DETROIT (AP) — Autoworkers in Missouri and Michigan overwhelmingly rejected a new contract with Ford Motor Co., a sign that the automaker and the United Auto Workers union are having trouble convincing some workers to accept changes that would lower Ford's labor costs. Ninety-two percent of workers at the Kansas City Assembly Plant voted against changes to their contract Sunday.

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U.S. Steel Posts $303 Million 3Q Loss

October 27, 2009 4:21 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — United States Steel Corp. said Tuesday it lost money for a third straight quarter as the global economic downturn continued to dampen demand for the metal. But the company said its production and shipments rose significantly from the previous quarter, and that it expects a narrower loss in the October-December period as North American automakers order more steel for vehicles.

'Insourcing' A Boon To Mississippian Economy

October 26, 2009 4:47 am | by David Tortorano, AP Writer

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- It's hard to come up with an example that better shows the dual nature of awarding a project to a company with foreign roots than the ongoing controversy over a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker. Boeing Co. supporters say a win by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.

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Biden To Announce Plans For Ex-GM Delaware Plant

October 26, 2009 4:38 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that a California luxury automaker will build plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a former General Motors plant in Delaware. The White House said Sunday that Biden, a former senator from Delaware, will make a major announcement about the future of the former GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware, along with Delaware Gov.

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Survey: Job Hiring To Speed Up In Next 6 Months

October 26, 2009 4:28 am | by Betsy Vereckey, AP Business Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say more employers appear willing to hire in the coming months. The latest quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics, set for release on Monday, shows that unemployment is moderating.

GAO: FDA Ignores Follow-Ups On Ineffective Drugs

October 26, 2009 4:23 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has allowed drugs for cancer and other diseases to stay on the market even when follow-up studies showed they didn't extend patients' lives, say congressional investigators. A report due out Monday from the Government Accountability Office also shows that the FDA has never pulled a drug off the market due to a lack of required follow-up about its actual benefits — even when such information is more than a decade overdue.

Swine Flu Vaccine, Hot Off The Production Line

October 26, 2009 4:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line." But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

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