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Parts shortages force Honda and Toyota to cut orders

DETROIT (AP) -- Shortages of auto parts from Japan are hitting Honda and Toyota's North American operations.

Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday said it wants its U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it's worried about running out of them. Honda Motor Co. said it will temporarily cut production at its North American auto factories starting today due to shortages.

Industry analysts expect many automakers to run into shortages because supply factories in Japan were damaged by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Several automakers already have been forced to cut production. Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and others have stopped taking orders for certain paint colors because a specialized pigment factory hasn't been able to come back on line.

Toyota has told dealers they can't order 233 parts for Lexus, Scion and Toyota models unless they have a customer who needs one for a repair.


Pittsburgh a Megabus hub

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The transportation service is using Pittsburgh to bring service to nine new cities.

Company officials say Pittsburgh will be the hub for service to Erie; Detroit; Toronto; Buffalo; and Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo in Ohio.

Pittsburgh already has service to New York; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and State College.

Megabus began service in Buffalo in May 2008. From Buffalo, Megabus also serves Toronto, Syracuse, Rochester, Philadelphia, New York City, Harrisburg, Pa., Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Seats for Pittsburgh can be booked starting Tuesday. Service will begin May 11 with trips originating under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.


AT&T deal under scrutiny

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's attorney general will analyze AT&T Inc.'s planned purchase of T-Mobile USA from Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG to see if it could harm competition in that state.

AT&T said last week that it will buy T-Mobile in a $39 billion cash-and-stock deal. The acquisition is expected to take more than a year to close after scrutiny from federal regulators.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday he is concerned that the deal would mean fewer wireless service choices for consumers and that it could lead to higher cell phone bills.

"Cell phones are no longer a luxury for a few among us, but a basic necessity. The last thing New Yorkers need during these difficult economic times is to see cell phone prices rise," he said in a statement.


Tylenol recalled over odor

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health care products maker Johnson & Johnson recalled another lot of Tylenol on Tuesday due to a musty odor, which has already triggered five other recalls of the company's over-the-counter medicines.

The latest recall involves more than 34,000 bottles of Tylenol 8 Hour Extended Release, which were distributed throughout the U.S. All of the products come from lot number ADM074, which appears on the bottom of the bottles.

It's the sixth time that the New Brunswick, N.J.-based company has recalled nonprescription medicines because of complaints about an unpleasant odor.

The odor is thought to be caused by trace amounts of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets on which bottles are stored and shipped.


Progress in Luvata talks

The union representing workers at Luvata Buffalo reported progress in its labor contract talks with the company as a Thursday deadline approaches.

United Steelworkers Local 593 on Tuesday said it had reached agreement with the company on "local" issues, such as work rules and conditions of employment.

Still to be resolved are economic issues, such as wages, pension and medical benefits, the union said. If those issues can be settled, the two sides would have a tentative agreement for members to vote on.

A one-year extension of Local 593's contract is set to expire at the end of Thursday. The union represents about 450 people at Luvata's brass and copper plant in North Buffalo.

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