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Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

March 5, 2014 3:46 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.               

Musk: Russia Giving U.S. Good Reason To Support SpaceX

March 5, 2014 2:25 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Elon Musk today said that given some of Russia’s recent military maneuverings in Ukraine, it’s about time the U.S. government paid his company, SpaceX, for the rights to launch satellites and other cargo into space.           

Chinese Automaker Builds Credibility

March 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Qoros Auto is trying to leverage its European executives' management and design expertise and its competitive Chinese manufacturing footprint.                     


Supreme Court Upholds $185M Award Against Argentina

March 5, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has upheld a British natural gas company's multimillion dollar award against the government of Argentina.                        

Dubai Highlights Technology In 'Smart City' Bid

March 5, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Government officials presented a wide range of projects aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo.                 

China Vows Tough Reforms

March 5, 2014 8:55 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism, and heavily boost military spending.             

Stunning Supercars At Geneva Motor Show

March 5, 2014 8:05 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a glance at four of the most striking new vehicles on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public Thursday.                     

Judge Rules For Chevron In Ecuador Case

March 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage.                   


The First Chrysler-Fiat Baby Is A Tiny Jeep

March 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The Jeep Renegade is “designed in America and crafted in Italy,” according to the company, and will be first assembled at the Melfi Assembly Plant — a far cry from Jeep’s assembly headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, or even North America.      

Automakers Wary Of Russia At Geneva Auto Show

March 4, 2014 8:18 am | by Colleen Barry and Josh Heilprin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Russia has been a key market for recession-battered European automakers, but new uncertainty has been raised by growing tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.            

Hyundai Focuses On Safety With Redesigned Sonata

March 4, 2014 8:13 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai emphasized improved safety features and a premium image with its latest effort to regain lost U.S. market share and win back South Koreans who're increasingly buying foreign cars.             

Toyota Sees Gains As European Car Market Recovers

March 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Europe expects to sell 865,000 units this year and increase its market share to 4.8 percent as the European car market enters what is expected to be a slow recovery from six years of contraction.           

Isuzu Recalls Over 36K Trucks

March 4, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Isuzu said Tuesday it is recalling 36,823 Forward midsize trucks due to possible coolant fluid leaks that could result in dashboard fires at the front passenger seats.               


Peugeot 308 Voted Car Of The Year

March 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peugeot's compact beat six other finalists — including a pair of electric sports cars, the Tesla S and BMW i3 — and a premium Mercedes S class for the award.                 

China Manufacturing Weakens In February

March 3, 2014 8:49 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing weakened in February and employers cut staff at the fastest rate in nearly five years, a survey showed Monday.                       

Automakers Pack Small Models With Premium Features

March 3, 2014 8:37 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

European automakers are putting their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, shifting from survival to revival as they head into the Geneva Auto Show.                

Germany: No Spy Deal With U.S.

February 28, 2014 11:04 am | News | Comments

The German government is conceding that it doesn't expect to reach agreement with Washington in the foreseeable future on a hoped-for "no-spy" deal.                 

Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Sharp is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources said.             

Coal Crunch Leads To India's Solar Switch

February 28, 2014 10:04 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports.              

Sony To Sell Former Headquarters

February 28, 2014 8:58 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker is planning to sell some of its properties in Tokyo including its former headquarters building as part of its restructuring efforts.                 

Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Mazda held a ceremony to fully open its first Mexican plant as a base for exports to the United States, Latin America and Europe.                     

VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Germany's Volkswagen AG says it's recalling some 600,000 Caddy delivery vehicles worldwide to repair a problem with their rear doors.                     

Theft Forces Shell Nigeria To Close Major Pipeline

February 27, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Shell recently threatened to close the Nembe Creek Trunk Line because of repeated sabotage. It carries about 60,000 barrels daily for Africa's biggest oil producer.                

Honda Recalls Over 40,000 Motorcycles

February 27, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Honda will recall 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.                  

Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.                    

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