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EU-China Solar Panel Dumping Talks Continue

June 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's trade commissioner said Friday that the EU and China are seeking a negotiated settlement to resolve a solar panel dumping dispute as quickly as possible. Karel De Gucht told reporters in Beijing that there had been no breakthroughs so far in talks and warned that such disputes are rarely resolved overnight.

CT Gun Maker Moving To SC On New Laws

June 20, 2013 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Connecticut gun manufacturer is leaving in response to the state's new gun law, passed following the killings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown. John McNamara, vice president of sales at PTR Industries, said Wednesday that the Bristol company will move to Aynor, S.C., as quickly as possible without interrupting production. He says most of the 41 workers will move.

EPA Levies $2.5M Penalty Against U.S. Cement Maker

June 20, 2013 10:26 am | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA levied a $2.5M penalty against a big cement maker and required the company to invest $30M in pollution controls at plants in nine states alleged to have violated the federal Clean Air Act. Ash Grove Cement Co.'s penalty was announced Wednesday by the EPA and U.S. Department of Justice, part of a deal in which the Overland Park, Kan.-based company also will spend $750K to mitigate effects of past excess emissions.

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United Tech Sees Impact From Fraud Charge

June 19, 2013 2:15 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal court order that United Technologies Corp. pay $473 million plus interest to compensate for alleged fraud in its sale of fighter jet engines could cut into revenue and profit, the aerospace giant said in a regulatory filing. Judge Thomas M. Rose of the U.S. Southern District Court of Ohio issued the order on Monday.

After The AR Spill: The Future Of The Oil Industry

June 19, 2013 1:14 pm | by Al Jazeera | Videos | Comments

In the wake of a ruptured pipeline that coated an Arkansas town in oil over two months ago, residents are complaining about illnesses that could be related to the spill. Al Jazeera take a look at the environmental controls being placed on the U.S. oil industry and what their possible impact on public health could be.

IN County Allowed To Develop Fertilizer Plant

June 19, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state won't stand in the way of a fertilizer plant that a Pakistan-based group is developing in southwestern Indiana despite reservations expressed by Gov. Mike Pence, his office said Tuesday. Pence directed the Indiana Finance Authority not to block Posey County from backing the Midwest Fertilizer Corp. plant.

TX Governor Woos Disgruntled CT Gun Makers

June 18, 2013 10:12 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry extolled the tax policies and regulatory climate of his state as he courted gun manufacturers that have threatened to leave Connecticut since the state passed new gun-control laws in response to the Newtown school massacre.

Unsuccessful Job Applicants Seek Hiring Records

June 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

Documents having to do with a state agency's involvement in recruiting and hiring workers for a private company should be available to the public, a lawyer for four unsuccessful applicants for jobs at a Georgia auto plant argued Monday.

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Nuclear Weapons Plant To Improve Fire Safety

June 17, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pantex, the country's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant, has completed main construction on a $35M project that is designed to improve fire protection at the facility. The new construction comes after the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board raised safety concerns earlier this year.

IN City Sues Over Failed Pharmaceutical Facility

June 14, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A suburban Indianapolis city has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company that failed to open after receiving $8.4 million in loans and other assistance from the city. Greenwood officials had tried for months to help with talks involving possible investors in hopes of saving Elona Biotechnologies before deciding to file the lawsuit, Mayor Mark Myers said.

FEMA Denies Aid For TX Fertilizer Plant Blast

June 13, 2013 2:13 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

Judge Sides With GM, Dismisses Spyker Lawsuit

June 11, 2013 10:03 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit filed by Dutch car maker Spyker against General Motors Co. Spyker sued GM last August, accusing it of unfairly blocking a deal to let a Chinese buyer take over Swedish carmaker Saab. GM sold Saab to Spyker in 2010. Saab filed for bankruptcy protection less than a year later after GM blocked its sale to a Chinese automaker.

Exxon Mobil Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Over Spill

June 7, 2013 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for Exxon Mobil Corp. and Exxon Pipeline Co. have filed a motion asking for dismissal of a lawsuit by Mayflower residents over a recent oil spill. ExxonMobil Pipeline's Pegasus pipeline ruptured March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the town about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock and forced the evacuation of about 20 homes.

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Arraignment In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case Postponed

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean company's arraignment on charges of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. has been postponed. Kolon Industries was set for arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. That hearing has been changed to a status conference.

Arraignment Set In Kevlar Trade Secrets Case

June 7, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a South Korean company accused of stealing the Kevlar body armor recipe from the DuPont Co. are due in federal court in Virginia. Kolon Industries will be arraigned Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Richmond. Kolon is charged in a six-count federal indictment with theft of trade secrets, conspiracy to convert trade secrets and obstruction of justice.

Feds: Engineer Tried To Steal Firm's Trade Secrets

June 6, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a Mahwah man was planning to go to India with a New Jersey company's stolen trade secrets for self-administered disposable pens. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced Wednesday that 36-year-old Ketan Maniar, an Indian national, was charged with stealing trade secrets for his own economic benefit from a worldwide medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes.

U.S. Officials To Meet Over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 2:01 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the largest U.S. smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that their meeting scheduled to take place in New York City on June 13 will be dubbed a "Smartphone Summit."

ITC Rules For Samsung, Bans iPhone 4 Imports

June 5, 2013 2:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's ability to sell them in the U.S.

GOP Senate Hopeful Calls For Corporate Tax Break

June 5, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez pressed for a cut in the corporate tax rate after a tour of textile-maker Polartec. The company has rebounded from a massive fire in 1995 that destroyed the plant, and two subsequent bankruptcies. It now faces new challenges brought on by the decline in defense-related business resulting from the winding down of foreign wars and the automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect in March.

Chrysler Refuses U.S. Request To Recall Vehicles

June 4, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

A defiant Chrysler is refusing a government request to recall about 2.7 million sport utility vehicles to fix fuel tanks that could leak and cause fires in rear-end collisions. Chrysler said Tuesday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked in a letter that the company recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.

Ex-Porsche CFO Found Guilty Of Fraud In VW Bid

June 4, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche's ex-finance chief has been convicted of fraud after a court found he provided false information during the German sports car marker's failed 2009 attempt to take over Volkswagen AG. Former Porsche CFO Holger Haerter was fined an unspecified amount after being found guilty Tuesday by a Stuttgart state court, the dpa news agency reported.

Italian Gov't Prepares To Take Over Ilva Steel Mill

June 4, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's industry minister says the government is preparing an emergency decree to temporarily take over Europe's largest steel mill, which is beset by environmental and corruption scandals. Flavio Zanonato said Tuesday that it had become clear that the cleanup of the plant cannot be conducted by those responsible for the environmental emergency.

MO Couple Appeals Claim Against Gun Manufacturer

June 3, 2013 9:59 am | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana couple is appealing a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington claiming a 1989 shooting that left a man paralyzed was caused by a defect in a rifle. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull ruled on April 29 that time had run out on the claim by Brad and Dianna Humphrey of Fairfield.

Air Permits Approved For CF Industries Expansion

June 3, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators have given initial approval for a major expansion at a western Iowa fertilizer manufacturer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued draft air quality permits for the $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries south of Sergeant Bluff.

BP Rig Supervisors Challenge Manslaughter Counts

May 31, 2013 2:43 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two BP rig supervisors charged in the deaths of 11 workers in the Deepwater Horizon disaster claim the manslaughter counts in their indictment must be dismissed because they don't apply to conduct on a foreign-owned vessel operating outside U.S. territory.

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