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Henkel To Buy Spotless For $1.28B

June 5, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Henkel, the German-based maker of Persil laundry detergent and Dial soap, says it is buying French laundry products company Spotless Group in a deal valued at $1.28 billion.               

Emotional Robot Set For Sale In Japan

June 5, 2014 7:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A cooing, gesturing humanoid on wheels that can decipher emotions has been unveiled in Japan by billionaire Masayoshi Son who says robots should be tender and make people smile.              

First Solar Shares Rise After Commerce Dept. Decision

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Shares of First Solar rose Wednesday as the Commerce Department clamped down on Chinese solar equipment companies by imposing preliminary anti-subsidy tariffs.                


Nidec To Set Up 1st Factory In India

June 4, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Nidec Corp. said Wednesday it will set up a factory in Rajasthan Province in western India to make motors for vehicles and consumer electronics from next April.                    

Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 12:09 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                  

22 Killed In Mine Accident In China

June 4, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A coal mine accident killed 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, the city's news office said in an online statement Wednesday.                  

U.S. Trade Deficit At 2-Year High

June 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department says the deficit rose to $47.2 billion in April, up 6.9 percent from an upwardly revised March deficit of $44.2 billion.                   

Regulator: Making Embryos From 3 People Doesn't Look Unsafe

June 4, 2014 8:26 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report.           


U.S.: China Tensions Bad For Business

June 4, 2014 8:23 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official said Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.      

Airline Group Says No Timetable For Airplane Tracking

June 3, 2014 3:21 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior official at an organization representing the majority of airlines worldwide said there is no specific timetable for implementing new tracking recommendations following the disappearance of a Malaysian aircraft with 239 people aboard.  

Museum Shows Live Replica Of Van Gogh's Ear

June 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using some of the Dutch artist's genetic material.                     

Little Public Action In China Cyberspying Case

June 3, 2014 12:32 pm | by Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

They have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them.           

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.


Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

U.S. Steel To Idle 2 Tubular Steel Plants

June 2, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Monday that it will stop work at two tubular steel manufacturing facilities, and said it filed a complaint about unfair competition from foreign companies.              

China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.           

Delta Orders 15 Planes From Airbus

June 2, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy 15 new Airbus A321 planes to replace older, less-efficient jets in its domestic fleet.                    

Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol In Myanmar

June 2, 2014 8:41 am | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Unilever was scrambling to remove advertising banners from shops in Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims.   

Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.             

Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.               

Malaysia: Cadbury Chocolate Free From Pork

June 2, 2014 7:56 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork, the country's top Islamic body said in a statement that should lessen calls for a boycott of the company after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA.

U.S. Deploys Advanced Drones To Japan

June 2, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Northrop-Grumman-built Global Hawk drone is considered particularly valuable because it can conduct long-range missions without the limitations of pilot fatigue, is able to fly at a maximum 60,000 feet and can "loiter" around any particular site of interest for 24 hours or more.

Searcher 'Cautiously Optimistic' Flight 370 Will Be Found

May 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the origin of the underwater pings now in doubt and the search stalled, what do the officials heading up the hunt for Flight 370 have to say?                  

Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.          

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