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Honda To Recycle Rare Earths To Be Green

June 20, 2012 2:20 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it will start recycling rare earths and other key materials in hybrid auto batteries this year — a key innovation in the Japanese automaker's effort to be green.


Struggling BlackBerry Maker Begins Job Cuts

June 20, 2012 2:19 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Research In Motion said it has started laying off employees as part of its restructuring plan aimed at saving about $1 billion this year.


RG Steel, Creditors Urged To Agree On Sale Process

June 20, 2012 2:16 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Unsecured creditors fear the process is being rushed and asked that a Thursday hearing to approve proposed bid procedures be postponed. RG Steel opposed that request.


NH Businesses Reach Out To Canadian Manufacturers

June 20, 2012 2:14 pm | by Kathy McCormack, Associated Press

North Country business owners traveled to Canada to recruit manufacturers, speaking in Quebec's native French about opportunities to expand their operations into New Hampshire.

Lexus Tops Auto Quality Study As Industry Improves

June 20, 2012 2:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Lexus makes the best-quality cars in the U.S., and automakers overall are much better at eliminating problems that land vehicles in the repair shop, according to a new survey of car owners.


China Defends Curbs On Rare Earths

June 20, 2012 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China on Wednesday defended its export curbs on rare earths used in high-tech products as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organization challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan.


Toyota Recalls 91K Trucks Over Exhaust Pipe Problem

June 20, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday recalled a total of 91,198 vehicles of four models, including the HiAce van and Dyna truck, saying their exhaust pipes could rupture and leak exhaust gas.


GM Says 100th Facility Is 'Landfill-Free'

June 20, 2012 10:05 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer

"What that means, quite literally, is that no materials leave this plant and end up in a landfill," said Mike Robinson, GM's vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs.


Nidec Buys 51 Percent Stake In Chinese Motor Maker

June 20, 2012 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Nidec, which makes small motors for everything from car windows to copiers, is buying a 51 percent stake in the Chinese automotive motor company, Jiangsu Kaiyu Auto Appliance Co.


Samsung, LG Bet On New Display To Revive TV Sales

June 20, 2012 10:01 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity.


Microsoft Tablet Risks Alienating PC Makers

June 20, 2012 9:59 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

With the unveiling of the Surface tablet, Microsoft is heading into unusual territory: competing with its partners, the very same companies that make Windows PCs.


U.S. Employers Post Fewest Jobs In 5 Months

June 19, 2012 2:25 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Employers in April posted the fewest job openings in five months, suggesting hiring will remain sluggish in the months ahead.


MD Man Accused Of Selling Bogus Energy Credits

June 19, 2012 2:23 pm | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1M fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Explosion At Pascagoula Plant: 1 Dead, 2 Injured

June 19, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says there was some sort of steam explosion at the plant.


Fed Meets As Many Await Help For Economy

June 19, 2012 2:20 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Federal Reserve is meeting this week at a time of high alert — over the slumping U.S. economy, the aftermath of the Greek elections, and the shaky financial markets.


Toyota Eyes New China Plant

June 19, 2012 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota is considering building a new plant in Tianjin as it seeks to catch up with rivals from the U.S., Europe, and South Korea in the world's largest auto market, company officials said.


Oracle Shares Slip On Talk Of Management Shake-Up

June 19, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Oracle Corp.'s stock slipped amid reports that the business software maker is preparing to announce a reorganization that could include the departure of the company's top sales executive in North America.

Lynas Clears Obstacle To Malaysia Rare Earth Plant

June 19, 2012 10:24 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press

Australian miner Lynas Corp. said it hopes to fire up a plant in Malaysia to process rare earths now that a parliamentary panel has ruled the project is safe.


Fire Rips Through NJ Manufacturing Plant

June 19, 2012 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

A multi-alarm fire has swept through Camden's Magnetic Metals plant.


Microsoft's 'Surface' Tablet Aims For Productivity

June 19, 2012 10:20 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Microsoft unveiled a new tablet computer, Surface, that attempts to take advantage of one of the few criticisms of Apple's iPad — that it is better for consuming content than creating it.



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