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CA City Takes Solar Firm's Bankruptcy In Stride

April 4, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Michael Picker, the governor's senior adviser on renewable energy facilities, said he's optimistic the Blythe project will eventually be completed.

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Facebook Responds To Yahoo With Own Patent Suit

April 4, 2012 2:15 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Facebook is stepping up its patent dispute with Yahoo by filing its own lawsuit against the struggling Internet icon.

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UAW Workers Returning To TN GM Plant

April 4, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

The Daily Herald said some workers previously worked as UAW team leaders when the Chevrolet Traverse completed its build out in November 2009, then was idled.

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Hawker Beechcraft Struggling Under Debt, Losses

April 4, 2012 2:10 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Hawker Beechcraft Inc. has told federal regulators it expects to record losses of nearly $482 million for 2011 when it files its annual report later this month.

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Tokai Rubber To Build Plant In India

April 4, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive parts maker Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. said the plant will produce anti-vibration rubber for engines and begin mass production in November 2013.

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Ford, Nissan, Fiat Post Record Sales

April 4, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The recovery in the American auto industry has moved into the fast lane.

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Ex-Glock Exec Fights Back After Conviction

April 4, 2012 10:18 am | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Glock Inc.'s former executive was convicted of stealing millions of dollars from the gun maker, but his still firing parting shots against the prosecutors who tried him.

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Japanese Company Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

April 4, 2012 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Federal authorities say a Japanese auto parts supplier will pay $2.75 million for its role in a price-fixing conspiracy.

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Chevy Hopes New Impala Will Revive Big-Car Sales

April 4, 2012 10:15 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Impala and other big cars could have a tough time competing against midsize cars, which offer many of the same features and amenities.

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Apple Files Plan To Build Silent Power Plant In NC

April 4, 2012 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

Apple has filed plans with the N.C. Utilities Commission to build what is being touted as the nation's largest private fuel cell energy project, a silent power plant that will generate electricity from hydrogen.

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Electric Boat Wins $25M Navy Contracts

April 4, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Submarine manufacturer Electric Boat in Connecticut has won U.S. Navy contracts worth $25 million for maintenance on nuclear submarines.

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Flying Car Gets Closer To Reality With Test Flight

April 3, 2012 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Terrafugia has been working on flying cars since 2006, and has already pushed back the launch once.

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Ford Stresses Training Before Production Resumes

April 3, 2012 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Both newcomers and veteran Ford workers alike are going through training on what Ford calls the most modern tools in the auto industry.

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Honeywell's UOP To Invest $20M In AL Plant

April 3, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

A Honeywell subsidiary will spend $20 million to expand a production plant in Alabama so that it can aid workers trying to clean up after the nuclear disaster in Japan.

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Boeing To Create New Facility In Brazil

April 3, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing will create a research and technology center in Brazil to develop aerospace technologies.

Mitsui Engineering Wins Butadiene Plant Order

April 3, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. said Tuesday it has won an order for a butadiene plant with annual production capacity of 100,000 tons from Petrochemical Corp. of Singapore.

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Toyota Reports March Sales Of Over 200K Vehicles

April 3, 2012 2:04 pm

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported its best March results since 2008 with sales of 203,282 units, an increase of 11.2 percent compared to March 2011 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.

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Locked-Out American Crystal Workers Alter Plans

April 3, 2012 10:19 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The impasse between American Crystal and the roughly 1,300 union workers it locked out of its sugar beet processing factories in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa on Aug. 1 shows no signs of ending soon.

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March: Big Month For U.S. Autos

April 3, 2012 10:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The U.S. auto industry looks set to ride the appeal of smaller cars to its best monthly performance in almost four years.

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EU Launches Antitrust Probes Against Motorola

April 3, 2012 10:15 am | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer

The European Union's competition watchdog opened two investigations into whether Motorola Mobility, which is being bought by Google, is unfairly restricting competitors from accessing essential patents.

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