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OSHA Cites Hershey Distribution Plant

February 22, 2012 10:00 am | by Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

Federal labor officials said they found nine workplace violations at a candy repackaging and distribution facility owned by The Hershey Co. and operated by Exel Inc., and proposed penalties of $283,000.


Ex-Glock Attorney Accused Of Stealing Millions

February 21, 2012 2:43 pm | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Peter Manown was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to theft and is now set to be the government's star witness against the man he says was his accomplice, one-time Glock attorney Paul Jannuzzo.


Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Nissan Issue Air Bag Recalls

February 21, 2012 2:40 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

The problem already has caused recalls of more than 2,700 Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan vehicles, but that number could grow if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines that more automakers used similar defective parts.


Obama: Manufacturing Rebounding After Painful Time

February 21, 2012 2:35 pm | by Anne Gearan, Associated Press

President Barack Obama says the painful restructuring of America's manufacturing base means a lot of jobs are gone forever, but not that Americans must "settle for a lesser future."


Officials Cautious After Mamtek Failure

February 21, 2012 2:33 pm | by Wes Duplantier, Associated Press

Five months ago, the failure of a sweetener factory project in a northern Missouri town sent a jolt through the state's small towns about the risk of putting money into startup companies.


Pakistan Military Makes Tablets

February 21, 2012 2:31 pm | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan's military is working on the latest addition to its sprawling commercial empire: a homegrown version of the iPad.


Solar Plant Reaches Deal With Idaho Power

February 21, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has reached an agreement with Idaho Power Co., substantially reducing its energy bill after the manufacturer complained it was being overcharged.


Company Suing Apple Over iPad Name Open To Talks

February 21, 2012 10:22 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The lawyer for a Chinese company suing Apple Inc. in China over its use of the iPad trademark indicated Tuesday that his client would be willing to discuss a settlement.


For Car Buyers, It's Harder To End Up With A Lemon

February 21, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles — everything from inexpensive mini-cars to decked-out luxury SUVs.


Blast At China Steel Plant Kills At Least 13

February 21, 2012 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

At least 13 people have been killed and 17 hurt in a blast at a steel plant in northeastern China.


Japan Trade Deficit Rises As Fuel Imports Surge

February 21, 2012 10:17 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan posted a record high trade deficit in January after its nuclear crisis shut down nearly all the nation's reactors for tougher checks, sending fuel imports surging. Exports were hurt by a strong yen and weak demand.


Mexico Wins Battle Against Cement Giant

February 21, 2012 10:15 am | by Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Mexico regulators announced Monday they have fined cement giant Cemex 10.2 million pesos ($800,000) for trying to keep a small importer out of its market, capping an 8-year, David-and-Goliath battle with businessman Ricardo Alessio Robles and his partners.


Foxconn Raises Wages For Chinese Workers

February 21, 2012 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group said Saturday that it has raised wages by up to 25 percent in the second major salary hike in less than two years, as the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer comes under intensive scrutiny after a spate of suicides.


EU To Persevere With Airline Emissions Tax

February 17, 2012 3:49 pm | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer

Governments opposed to the European Union's new carbon emissions tax for airlines should not underestimate its determination to curb climate-changing gases, the EU's climate chief warned.


Obama Promotes Steps To Boost U.S. Trade

February 17, 2012 3:46 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President Barack Obama called Friday for more steps to help U.S. companies compete overseas, standing in front of an enormous Boeing Dreamliner to summon a bright future for American manufacturing and exports.


Investment Research President Charged In NYC

February 17, 2012 3:44 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

The president of an Oregon investment research firm has been arrested on conspiracy and securities fraud charges in a continuing crackdown by federal authorities on networking firms accused of passing along secrets about public companies as if it were legitimate research.


Chinese Leader Wraps Up U.S. Visit

February 17, 2012 3:41 pm | by David Pitt, Noaki Schawartz, Associated Press

The visit was a reminder of China's huge footprint at the busiest port in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of the imports moving through the Port of Los Angeles come from China.


Gauge Of Economic Activity Up In January

February 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A gauge of future economic activity rose in January for the fourth straight month, adding to evidence that the economy has strengthened in the new year.


Emerging Markets Boost Heinz 3Q Profit

February 17, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press

The world's biggest ketchup maker's fiscal third-quarter net income rose 4 percent as the company's sales in emerging markets shot up 40 percent.


U.S. Sites Hacked As Objections Grow To Piracy Deal

February 17, 2012 3:13 pm | by Raphael Satter, Vanessa Gera, Associated Press

The goal is to help countries fight everything from fake pharmaceuticals to pirated music, but activists have been waging weeks of protests against what they see as moves intended to clamp down on free expression and Internet privacy.



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