Rio Tinto’s first-half profit falls nearly 65 percent on falling commodity prices

Rio Tinto’s profit slumps 65 percent

MELBOURNE, Australia — Mining giant Rio Tinto said sharp falls in metals and mineral prices were behind first-half profit dropping by nearly two thirds.

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China arrests Rio employees on trade secrets, bribery charges; drops more serious accusations

China formally arrests 4 Rio Tinto employees

SHANGHAI — China formally arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China’s Xinhua says Rio Tinto employees face trade secrets infringement, bribery charges

Rio employees face trade secrets, bribery charges

SHANGHAI — China stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges against four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd., accusing them of infringing trade secrets and bribery in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China state secrets watchdog says Rio Tinto committed economic espionage for 6 years

Chinese secrets agency says Rio spied for 6 years

BEIJING —A state secrets watchdog has accused mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. of committing economic espionage for six years, saying in a report the spying caused “tremendous harm” to China’s economic security.

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Senior Chinese official: Industrial spying case against Australian executive is strong

China: Evidence in Rio Tinto spying case is strong

SYDNEY — A senior Chinese official on Monday defended Beijing’s handling of the industrial spying case against an Australian executive for mining giant Rio Tinto, and urged Australia to respect China’s court processes.

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AP Investigation: Canadian smugglers face few obstacles to flight training, helicopters

Few hurdles for Canada smugglers to get choppers

MALAKWA, British Columbia — Colin Martin was on bail, appealing his sentence for leading a U.S.-Canada drug conspiracy involving aircraft. But he was still able to obtain three helicopters, two of which ended up being flown by drug smugglers.

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Auto parts supplier Delphi gets judge’s OK to give lenders control, nears exit from bankruptcy

Bankruptcy judge approves lender’s bid for Delphi

NEW YORK — A bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Delphi Corp.’s plan to hand control of the big auto parts supplier to its lenders and soon end a nearly four-year stay under Chapter 11 protection.

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Toxic leak went on for years at closed W.Va. zinc plant, until woman saw ‘green goo’ seepage

‘Green goo’ revealed toxic leak at WV zinc plant

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For at least five years before Rebecca Morlock noticed what she calls “a green goo” seeping out of the ground below a former zinc-smelting plant in the town of Spelter, water loaded with potentially toxic heavy metals was trickling into the West Fork River.

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Judge says GM can drop Montana mine in favor of foreign suppliers for precious metals

Judge OKs GM’s move to drop Montana mine contract

BILLINGS, Mont. — A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday granted General Motors Co.’s request to drop its precious metals contract with a Montana mining company so it can instead use cheaper foreign suppliers.

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With agriculture buoying major chemical companies, competition gets fierce

Chemical makers go on the offensive in agriculture

NEW YORK — The only green shoots the chemical industry has seen lately are coming from the one-time diminutive agricultural side of the business, a shift that has spurred both new partnerships and legal battles to stake out new territory and protect profits.

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