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Chrysler Posts Best Quarterly Profit In 13 Years

April 27, 2012 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The company earned $473 million in the first quarter, mainly from strong U.S. sales, which rose 39 percent from January through March.

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Boeing To Roll Out First 787 Made In SC

April 27, 2012 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

State and federal officials as well as Boeing executives are to be on hand for Friday's rollout at the company's new manufacturing plant in North Charleston.

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Japan's Industrial Output Rises 1 Percent In March

April 27, 2012 10:18 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press

Japan's industrial production rose 1 percent in March from February, led by output of automobiles, notebook computers and communications equipment amid a tentative upswing in the world's third-largest economy.

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Navajo Community Banks On Proposed Solar Array

April 27, 2012 10:16 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

With tens of millions of acres held in trust for tribes, experts say Indian Country has the potential to supply more than four times the nation's electricity needs with solar.

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Lockheed Martin CEO Plans To Step Down

April 27, 2012 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday that CEO Bob Stevens plans to step down and that its president and chief operating officer, Chris Kubasik, will take on the role at the start of the new year.

U.S. 1Q Growth Slowed To 2.2 Percent

April 27, 2012 10:13 am | by Marting Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew more slowly in the first three months of this year. Stronger consumer spending was offset by cutbacks in government spending and business investment.

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Damaged Resin Plant To Be Down At Least 6 Months

April 26, 2012 12:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Evonik Industries AG plant was badly damaged in a March 31 explosion and fire, setting off a mad scramble by global automakers to find substitute materials.

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Jury Finds Ford At Fault In Crash Case

April 26, 2012 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press

A jury has found that defects in a tire sold by the Ford Motor Company were a factor in a 2003 Ford Bronco crash.

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Fiat 1Q Profits Triple Thanks To Chrysler

April 26, 2012 12:02 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

The automaker reported net profit of $137M for the period ending March 31, due to strong North American results and despite losses in Europe.

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Study Makes Economic Case For Renewable Energy

April 26, 2012 11:59 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press

Pursuing a portfolio of renewable power sources such as solar to satisfy VA's energy appetite through 2035 would create tens of thousands more jobs than relying on either coal or natural gas, a study concludes.

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Goodrich 1Q Profit Falls, Plane Parts Sales Rise

April 26, 2012 11:57 am | by The Associated Press

Goodrich Corp., which supplies components for aircraft makers, said that first-quarter profit fell 4 percent on higher taxes and costs for its sale to United Technologies Corp.

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Unemployment Aid Requests Near 3-Month High

April 26, 2012 11:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits remained stuck near a three-month high last week, a sign that job gains will likely remain modest.

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Caterpillar 1Q Profit Jumps 29 Percent, Boosts Outlook

April 25, 2012 2:13 pm | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer

Caterpillar's first-quarter profit jumped 29 percent and it boosted its outlook for the year as U.S. builders replaced old gear and global demand for mining equipment boomed.

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Space Robots May Mine Precious Metals

April 25, 2012 2:11 pm | by Donna Blankinship, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

If the plan gets off the ground as planned, robots could be extracting cosmic riches within 10 years.

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Boeing CEO Backs AMR On Delaying Merger

April 25, 2012 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Industry insiders speculate that US Airways' potential bid for American — if it leads to a merger — would help Airbus more than Boeing.

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Solar Cause Clashes With Homeowner Groups

April 25, 2012 2:07 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press

Homeowners associations around the country have banned or severely restricted the installation of solar panels, and the solar industry has pushed back to halt the practice.

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Harley 1Q Profit Jumps On Sales Increase

April 25, 2012 2:04 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer

Harley-Davidson Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit jumped 44 percent, as improving economic conditions boosted U.S. sales of its well-known motorcycles.

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Suzuki Breaks Ground For New Vietnam Plant

April 25, 2012 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

The annual output capacity of the new plant is set at 5,000 vehicles in the first business year and will be expanded, Suzuki said.

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Boeing 1Q Profit Soared 58 Percent

April 25, 2012 10:30 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

Airlines around the world are updating their fleets with new, more fuel-efficient planes, and that's good news for aircraft maker Boeing Co.

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Auto Parts Makers Downplay Resin Shortage

April 25, 2012 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Executives from four auto parts companies said Tuesday that they don't expect widespread fallout from a shortage of a key ingredient in plastic resin following a factory explosion in Germany.

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