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California Pushes For Changes To Auto Emissions Rule

March 5, 2009 10:08 am | News | Comments

Head of California's air pollution agency told an EPA hearing that if the state is unable to control emissions from cars and trucks, its other air pollution problems will get worse.

Fiat Claims It Can Revive Chrysler

March 5, 2009 9:39 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chief exec Sergio Marchionne told the Obama administration that the Italian automaker could revive Chrysler LLC and help it repay billions in government loans.

European Steelmakers Ask For Help To Cut CO2

March 5, 2009 8:12 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Steelmakers said they needed EU governments to help pay for $1.25 billion in climate change projects that could keep jobs in Europe as new rules penalize polluters.

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New Jobless Claims Less Than Expected

March 5, 2009 7:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Tally of initial requests for unemployment benefits fell to 639,000 from the previous week's figure of 670,000, the Labor Department reports; analysts expected a smaller drop to 650,000.

New Lead Law Hurting Motorcycle Industry

March 5, 2009 7:30 am | by Lee Logan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Motorcycle shops cannot sell or repair small bikes because of a federal law that bans lead from all toys intended for children younger than 12, including child-sized motorcycles and ATVs.

EPA To Hear Arguments For State Emission Standards

March 5, 2009 7:00 am | News | Comments

Environmentalists, state officials and automakers are weighing in on whether states should be allowed to set their own standards to control greenhouse gases from automobiles.

January Factory Orders Better Than Expected

March 5, 2009 5:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories still fell by 1.9 percent in January, but the drop was far better than the 3.5 percent economists had had been forecasting.

Congress May Defund Mexican Truck Program

March 5, 2009 5:14 am | by Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers are preparing to cut off the money for a 1½-year-old pilot program that opened the way for up to 500 Mexican trucks from 100 operators to drive deeper into the U.S.

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Productivity Declines While Wage Pressures Rise

March 5, 2009 5:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reports productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, fell at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, while unit labor costs surged 5.7 percent.

Judge Grants Eclipse Aviation Bankruptcy

March 5, 2009 5:00 am | by Heather Clark, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Order has yet to be signed, but a document filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court says a judge has ‘orally granted’ a motion to convert the troubled jet manufacturer to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Taiwan's Chip Industry Seeks Foreign Tie-Ups

March 5, 2009 4:46 am | by Annie Huang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government looking at America's Micron Technology or Japan's Elpida Memory to help the island's chip makers consolidate and end a string of massive losses.

Toyota To Appear Before Auto Task Force

March 5, 2009 4:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Top U.S. executive will meet with the Obama administration's auto industry task force next week, but won't be asking for any help, the Japanese automaker said.

GM Says It Hasn't Asked UK For Help

March 5, 2009 4:23 am | News | Comments

Automaker dismissed reports that it had decided on how much assistance it would seek from the British government or that it had already made its aid appeal.

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China Predicts 8 Percent Economic Growth In 2009

March 5, 2009 4:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing promised to ‘dramatically increase’ spending to boost exports, create jobs and counter the impact of the global slowdown that has thrown at least 20 million out of work.

Supreme Court Upholds Lawsuits Against Drugmakers

March 4, 2009 11:32 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Court rejected Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' claim that federal approval of its anti-nausea drug should have shielded the company from lawsuits filed by consumers.

Fed Says Economy Deteriorated In January, February

March 4, 2009 10:05 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve's new snapshot of business activity nationwide showed the economic picture darkening over the last two months and revealed little hope for a quick turnaround.

Canada Official: U.S. Steel Pensions, Loans Safe

March 4, 2009 7:35 am | News | Comments

Despite massive layoffs at U.S. Steel Canada, lawmaker says he's been reassured workers will get their pensions and that the company will pay back government loans.

Is The FDA Broken?

March 4, 2009 7:25 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Mike Baker, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Different products were involved in multiple safety crises recently, but they all shared some of the same FDA shortcomings: inspections, legal authority and technology.

Michigan Focusing On Green Jobs

March 4, 2009 4:20 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Biggest barrier to growing the renewable energy industry to revive Michigan’s flagging economy is banks that refuse to lend money, said Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

UK Consumers Pessimistic About Economy

March 4, 2009 4:18 am | News | Comments

February survey showed 19 percent of respondents believed economic conditions would be better in six months, while 43 percent expected the situation to be worse.

China Punishes Officials For Water Contamination

March 4, 2009 4:03 am | News | Comments

Seven government officials in China have been punished after an industrial chemical leak contaminated an eastern city's tap water supply, the local government said.

U.S. Says EMC Paid Kickbacks On Contracts

March 3, 2009 10:05 am | News | Comments

Government has accused data storage maker of paying kickbacks to partners on government contracts, a charge the company said it intends to defend itself against ‘vigorously.’

GM Extends Talks To Spain, Britain, Others

March 3, 2009 9:40 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European unit of GM is negotiating with Spain, Britain and other European governments beyond Germany to get the $4.2 billion they say they need to keep operating.

Toyota Looking For Japanese Gov't Loan

March 3, 2009 7:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's financing unit in talks with a Japanese government-backed bank about a $2 billion loan, underlining the serious woes facing the car industry.

Chinese Courts Accept Tainted Milk Suits

March 3, 2009 7:15 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of families affected by a tainted milk scandal plan to file lawsuits against the dairy companies involved after a top justice official said courts will accept the cases.

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