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Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

Aug. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the state...

Economists warn falling RV sales signal impending recession

Aug. 24, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Economists are warning that a downturn in shipments of recreational vehicles from the northern Indiana county that calls itself the "RV Capital of the World" suggests an impending recession. More than 80% of recreational vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in Indiana, and roughly...

SC plans ribbon cutting ceremony at Volvo's I-26 interchange

Aug. 24, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is planning a celebration to open a new interchange on Interstate 26 for Volvo Cars plant in Berkeley County. Gov. Henry McMaster is joining state commerce and transportation officials as well as local leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning at the new...

The Latest: Trump defends ordering companies to leave China

Aug. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies (all times local): 12:35 a.m. President Donald Trump is pushing back against those questioning whether he has the authority to order American companies to cut trade ties with China. Trump...

Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75B of US goods

Aug. 23, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had "hereby ordered" American companies with operations in China "to immediately start looking for" an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs. But as markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe tumbled, the White House...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Aug. 21, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels. In multiple tweets Wednesday, Trump blasted auto executives as "foolish" and weak and accused the companies of being "politically correct" for resisting the...

Truck maker Hino celebrates new W.Va. assembly plant

Aug. 21, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (AP) — Japanese truck maker Hino Motors Manufacturing has marked the opening of its new West Virginia assembly plant. Hino (HEE'-no) Motors held a ceremony Wednesday in Mineral Wells at a former retail distribution center. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said on Twitter before the ceremony that...

Japanese company to open $60 million plant in Alabama

Aug. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Japanese automotive supplier plans to build a more than $60 million plant that will hire about 200 people in north Alabama. A statement from the governor's office says Vuteq USA will produce parts for the Mazda-Toyota assembly plant being built in Limestone County. Construction on...

Cars still more efficient than newer SUVs

Aug. 21, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Yes, your sport utility vehicle has gotten smaller and more fuel efficient over the years. But even with those gains, SUVs still are behind cars when it comes to gas mileage. The reason: SUVs are taller and heavier than cars, and no matter how sculpted their bodies are, they still...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....