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Exec: 1,600 GM Workers To Lose Their Jobs Soon

April 20, 2009 6:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM North America President said about 1,600 workers will lose their jobs in the next few days as the troubled automaker accelerates cost cuts to qualify for more government aid.

EU: China Major Source Of Dangerous Goods

April 20, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

European Union says that almost 60 percent of all dangerous products seized by its product safety authorities last year came from China.

Canada’s Food Watchdog To Trim Operations

April 20, 2009 5:20 am | by Bruce Cheadle, CP Writer | News | Comments

Union representing government inspectors says Canadian Food Inspection Agency is cutting its operational budget to build a contingency fund for emergencies.

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French CAT Workers Weigh Layoff Deal

April 20, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

Workers for the U.S. manufacturer considering government-brokered deal meant to end a standoff over layoffs that have prompted employees to take their bosses hostage.

GM Says Bankruptcy Probable, Not Preferred

April 17, 2009 1:40 pm | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors CEO said the automaker is working on two parallel plans: one that involves bankruptcy and one that doesn't.

CPSC To Delay Anti-Lead Law Enforcement

April 17, 2009 11:12 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to delay enforcement of a new anti-lead law that has kept all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes designed for children off showroom floors.

Ormet Files Court Order Against Glencore

April 17, 2009 10:40 am | News | Comments

Aluminum maker is seeking a court order against Glencore International to prevent the Swiss commodities producer from halting alumina deliveries to its southeast Ohio plant.

EPA Closer To Greenhouse Gas Regulations

April 17, 2009 9:40 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Agency concluded Friday greenhouse gases linked to climate change ‘endanger public health and welfare,’ setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.

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AbitibiBowater Gets Aid From Quebec

April 17, 2009 9:28 am | News | Comments

Quebec government offered the newsprint maker a loan guarantee of up to $100 million in an attempt to save jobs after the debt-laden company filed for bankruptcy.

EADS Would Split USAF Contract With Boeing

April 17, 2009 8:02 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Airbus' parent company said it would bid with partner Northrop Grumman for a $35 billion U.S. Air Force contract even if it had to share it with archrival Boeing.

Kentucky May Increase Bid For Battery Plant

April 17, 2009 7:55 am | News | Comments

Officials are looking to enrich Kentucky's bid for a share of federal stimulus money to fund a high-tech car battery plant.

Chrysler To Get New Board With Fiat Deal

April 17, 2009 6:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker says the U.S. government and Fiat will appoint a new board of directors if Chrysler joins forces with the Italian company.

French Premier Sees Hope For Recovery

April 17, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Prime Minister said Friday he sees 'timid and modest' signs of recovery in the global economy, which is suffering one of its sharpest downturns in decades.

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Iowa Postpones Deere's Tax Credit Repayment

April 17, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Economic officials have delayed action on a request by Deere & Co. to repay 25 percent of $7.1 million in tax credits for a $44 million expansion in Davenport.

EPA Raids Pet Treat Plant In Kansas

April 17, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Environmental Protection Agency said it is investigating environmental and other alleged federal crimes at TreatCo, one of the nation's largest suppliers of natural dog treats.

Germany Sees Recession Intensifying In 1Q

April 17, 2009 5:35 am | News | Comments

In a monthly report, the Economy Ministry indicated that German exports continued to fall in the January-March quarter.

February Euro Zone Trade Deficit Shrinks

April 17, 2009 4:57 am | News | Comments

Trade deficit in the 16 countries that share the euro currency narrowed to $2.6 billion in February, according to the European Union's statistics agency.

AP: UAW Focusing On Chrysler Talks

April 16, 2009 1:51 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Union placed concession talks with GM on the back burner as it tries to reach a deal with Chrysler before an April 30 government deadline.

Canada Says Chrysler Must Slash Labor Costs

April 16, 2009 10:10 am | by Kristine Owram, CP Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler must slash labor costs to a level competitive with non-unionized plants, and must go beyond concessions met in a recent GM Canada deal, says federal Industry Minister.

China's Economy Slows In 1Q, Recovery Ahead

April 16, 2009 8:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Worst might be over for China's economy even as growth in the first quarter slumped to its lowest rate in more than a decade.

Canada Unveils $145M Auto Industry Program

April 16, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

Industry Minister says the $145 million program aimed at helping Canada’s beleaguered auto sector will jump start development of higher tech, more environmentally friendly cars.

India OKs Satyam Sale To Tech Mahindra

April 16, 2009 6:11 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Indian government approved the sale of fraud-tainted Satyam Computer Services Ltd. to Tech Mahindra on Thursday.

Aircraft Industry Wants More EU Funding

April 16, 2009 6:00 am | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Airbus and other European aerospace companies called on European Union governments to boost funding for new aircraft in order to keep pace with U.S. rivals like Boeing.

Britain Plans Incentives For Electric Cars

April 16, 2009 5:54 am | News | Comments

Once the infrastructure to support it is in place, the government plans to offer cash incentives to encourage motorists to switch to electric cars, officials said Thursday.

New Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected

April 16, 2009 5:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Initial claims dropped a seasonally adjusted 610,000 from a revised 663,000 the previous week -- significantly below analysts' expectations of 655,000 and the lowest level since January.

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