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Lockheed Martin CEO's Pay Falls In 'Demanding' Year

March 14, 2011 4:50 am

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The CEO of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. received 2010 compensation worth $19.1 million, 7 percent less than in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing by the company. Robert J. Stevens got a bigger annual bonus, and his stock awards grew slightly.

China Arrests 3,001 For Piracy Of Liquor, Cell Phones

March 14, 2011 4:46 am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested 3,001 people in their latest crackdown on rampant product piracy and seized fake or counterfeit medicines, liquor, mobile phones and other goods, officials said Sunday. The campaign launched in October comes as Beijing faces pressure from the United States and other trading partners to stamp out product copying.

Big Agriculture, Lawmakers Battle Undercover Videos

March 14, 2011 4:38 am | by Andrew Duffelmeyer, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals, Iowa's agriculture industry is pushing legislation that would make it illegal for animal rights activists to produce and distribute such images. Agriculture committees in the Iowa House and Senate have approved a bill that would prohibit such recordings and punish people who take agriculture jobs only to gain access to animals to record their treatment.

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CPSC Starts Public Database For Dangerous Products

March 11, 2011 3:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database Friday that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products — from cribs and toys to power tools and hair dryers. SaferProducts.gov, overseen by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, went live as scheduled over the objections of manufacturers and a stalled GOP effort on Capitol Hill to withhold money for the project until critics' concerns were addressed.

Japan Evacuates Residents Near Nuclear Plant After Quake

March 11, 2011 3:42 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan ordered thousands of residents near a northeastern nuclear power plant to evacuate on Friday following a massive earthquake that caused a problem in the plant's cooling system. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was not leaking radiation.

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GM CFO Unexpectedly Quits, Likely For CEO Snub

March 11, 2011 3:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The chief financial officer who guided General Motors Co. to its first profitable year since 2004 and led its successful return to the stock market is leaving after being passed over for the top job. Chris Liddell will step down on April 1 after just 15 months at GM. He'll be replaced by Treasurer Dan Ammann, a former Wall Street banker, the company said in a surprise announcement on Thursday.

Pharmaceutical CEO Pleads Guilty To Misbranding Drugs

March 11, 2011 3:24 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceutical Co. was fined $1 million after pleading guilty Thursday to misdemeanor counts related to manufacturing oversized tablets of a pain-relief drug called morphine sulfate. Marc S. Hermelin, 69, also was sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to two federal counts of misbranding drugs.

Automakers Try To Stay Ahead Of Hackers

March 11, 2011 3:20 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could modern cars operating with the help of internal computers be vulnerable to hackers? Could someone tamper with your software-controlled brakes or stop the engine from afar? The familiar problem for personal computers is being studied in automobiles as internal computer networks become as critical to vehicles as tires and engines, and as auto companies push to bring the Internet to motorists.

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One Dead After Crane Collapses At Pepsi Plant

March 11, 2011 3:14 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers. Capt.

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FDA Barrs J&J From Manufacuring After Recalls

March 11, 2011 3:09 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Thursday that the consumer health unit of Johnson & Johnson will be barred from resuming operations at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant linked to millions of bottles of defective medicines until it meets quality standards. The Food and Drug Administration signed a formal consent decree with the company designed to improve operations at three manufacturing sites linked to multiple recalls of medications last year, including Children's Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin.

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IRWIN Tools And The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals

March 9, 2011 5:52 am

Huntersville, N.C. — IRWIN® Tools , a world-class manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, will host the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge World Finals on Sunday, March 20, 2011 . Six competitors from around the world will use their trade skills to perform a series of precise tasks — such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling — in a race against the clock.

Maine Manufacturer Signs Pact To Reduce Illegal Employment

March 9, 2011 3:49 am

WHITNEYVILLE, Maine (AP) — A wreath manufacturing company in eastern Maine is the first business in the state to sign an agreement with the federal government aimed at preventing unlawful employment of illegal immigrants. Whitney Wreath President David Whitney and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Bruce Foucart signed the agreement at the company's headquarters in Whitneyville.

GM Recalls Buicks, Cadillacs For Faulty Defrosters

March 9, 2011 3:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling new models of the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX to fix a software glitch that could prevent the defroster from clearing the windshield. The recall affects more than 10,000 LaCrosse and SRX vehicles from the 2011 model years. GM says the software in the electronic climate control module could disable the ability to adjust and control the defroster and affect the driver's visibility.

China's Voracious Demand For Cars Falls Dramatically

March 9, 2011 3:38 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's voracious demand for cars eased in February, as surging gasoline prices, the end of government subsidies and a major holiday took a toll on the world's biggest auto market. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Wednesday that total sales including buses and trucks fell 33 percent in February from the month before to 1.

Japanese See Potential In Mississippi Manufacturing

March 9, 2011 3:30 am | by Molly Davis, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Japanese ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that he sees potential in energy and manufacturing for more economic partnership between Mississippi and his country. "Automobiles is a very promising area, but we are looking at various fields, electronics and nuclear powerplants as well," Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki said at a Mississippi Museum of Art luncheon.

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Toyota Aims For Industry-First 10 Million Annual Sales

March 9, 2011 3:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming for an auto industry first by reaching annual sales of 10 million vehicles by 2015 even as it acknowledges that overly rapid growth was at the root of its recall fiasco. Toyota President Akio Toyoda gave the 10 million figure Wednesday while outlining the company's "global vision" in his first major strategy announcement since the recall crisis that hit a year and a half ago.

Crane Topples At Steel Plant: One Dead, One Injured

March 9, 2011 3:22 am | by Hasan Dudar, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 40-foot-tall movable platform toppled over at a New Castle steel plant Tuesday, killing one worker and seriously injuring a second, authorities said. The injured worker was on top of the scissor lift at the Alleghany Ludlum Steel Corp. when the accident happened, Henry County Emergency Medical Service chief Ron Burns said.

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'Old GM' To Pay $50.6 Million For Environmental Slip-Ups

March 8, 2011 4:06 am

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached a $50.6 million deal to settle some environmental claims against the old General Motors Corp. The deal covers 34 sites in 11 states. It brings the settled environmental claims against old GM to more than $800 million, but more claims remain.

Hutchinson Technology To Cut 30 To 40 Percent Of Workforce

March 8, 2011 3:41 am

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Hutchinson Technology will cut 30 percent to 40 percent of its U.S. work force as part of a consolidation plan, the company said Tuesday, sending shares plummeting 10 percent before the market opened. The cuts amount to between 680 and 910 of its 2,275 workers. Hutchinson said its needs fewer employees now because of advancements in manufacturing technology.

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Are We Experiencing A Little Benefit Envy?

March 8, 2011 3:35 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well," said the Slinger, Wis., woman.

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