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Biden tells execs US needs to invest, lead in computer chips

Apr. 12, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used a virtual meeting with corporate leaders about a global shortage of semiconductors to push Monday for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, telling them that the U.S. should be the world’s computer chip leader. “We need to...

Chip shortage forces more production cuts by GM, Ford

Apr. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as chip supplies seem to be growing tighter. The shutdowns likely will crimp dealer inventory of vehicles made at the...

US factory activity expands at fastest pace since 1983

Apr. 01, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded in March at the fastest pace in 37 years, a sign of strengthening demand as the pandemic wanes and government emergency aid flows through the economy. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing...

Jeff Tittel, prominent New Jersey environmentalist, retiring

Mar. 24, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jeff Tittel, New Jersey's highest-profile environmentalist who battled government agencies and private industry over pollution, development and public access to beaches and waterways, is retiring. The 64-year-old Tittel said Wednesday he will...

Chip shortage forces Ford to build trucks without computers

Mar. 18, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. The company says the pickups will be held at factories for “a number of weeks,” then shipped to dealers once...

Average US price of gas up 25 cents a gallon to $2.89

Mar. 18, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 25 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.89. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday the price spike is due to higher crude oil costs, the lingering...

Regulators want $1B in refunds for Miss. power plant

Mar. 07, 2021 11:47 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Utility regulators say Entergy Corp. wrongfully charged customers over eight years for a Mississippi nuclear power station that often malfunctioned and was repeatedly deemed unsafe, filing a federal complaint seeking more than $1 billion in refunds to its customers. ...

JBS meatpacking plant workers get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Mar. 05, 2021 17:25 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado meatpacking plant that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak last year suspended operations Friday so that workers could receive COVID-19 vaccines on-site. Workers at the JBS USA-owned plant received their shots in a temporary clinic set up...

Germany gives nuke plant operators $2.9B for early shutdown

Mar. 05, 2021 11:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has agreed with four utility companies that they will receive a combined 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in compensation for the early shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Germany is on course to phase out the use...

Excavator manufacturer to halt production in South Carolina

Mar. 05, 2021 09:31 AM EST

A company that makes excavators has announced that it will halt production at a South Carolina plant in May, officials said. The decision by Houston-based Kobelco Construction Machinery America will impact more than 100 employees at the company’s plant in Moore, WSPA-TV...