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China's Chinalco Unit To Mine, Smelt In Tibet

September 4, 2008 5:25 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Country's biggest producer of alumina has set up a subsidiary based in Tibet to conduct mineral exploration, mining and smelting in the Himalayan region.

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Unexpected Jump In Weekly Jobless Claims

September 4, 2008 5:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported that new applications for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 444,000, up 15,000 from the previous week.

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AK Steel Adding Surcharge To Electrical Steel

September 4, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Steel maker said the surcharge amount accounts for the reported prices for raw materials and energy used to make its electrical steel products.

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August U.S. Auto Sales Down But Slump Weakens

September 4, 2008 5:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly every major automaker saw its U.S. sales drop in August, but many are seeing signs that the worst slump in recent history may have bottomed out.

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Boeing To Consult On Mitsubishi Jet

September 4, 2008 5:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Plane maker will advuse Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the development of its mid-sized regional jet -- the first 'made in Japan' passenger aircraft in three decades.

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P & G Buys Nioxin Research Labs

September 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Consumer products giant said Nioxin's products that treat the scalp to improve the appearance of thinning hair fits with P&G's business strategy.

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Microsoft Drops Xbox Prices In U.S.

September 4, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Beginning Friday, the Xbox 360 gaming console’s cheapest version will sell for $200, making it less expensive than the Nintendo Wii, which retails for $250.

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Study: Workers Will Pay More For Healthcare

September 4, 2008 5:11 am | by Candice Choi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Survey found 59 percent of companies intend to keep down rising health care costs in 2009 by raising workers' deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket spending limits.

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Report: Summer's Job Cuts Worst Since 2002

September 3, 2008 1:20 pm | by Dave Carpenter, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Job cuts announced by U.S. employers last month jumped 12 percent over a year ago to cap the busiest summer of downsizing in six years.

Ford Sales Plummet, GM, Toyota In Sales Slump

September 3, 2008 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Major automakers post dismal sales figures for August, indicating that the U.S. auto sales slump may not have bottomed out.

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Gov't Questions Safety Of Plastic Baby Bottles

September 3, 2008 11:31 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toxicologists reiterated safety concerns about a chemical used in baby bottles and food containers, just weeks after the FDA declared the substance safe.

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Boeing Workers Vote On High-Stakes Contract

September 3, 2008 11:25 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

If Machinists vote to strike, Boeing could face potential losses as high as $100 million a day in deferred revenue and further delays in delivery of the new 787 commercial jet.

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Maine Paper Mill Lost $57 Million Since 2004

September 3, 2008 11:24 am | News | Comments

Katahdin Paper Co. halted production this week because of high oil prices and has lost at least $57 million since the operation was restarted in June 2004.

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Former Pfizer Exec Joins Hershey Board

September 3, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Hershey Co. said late Tuesday it has elected a former vice chairman of Pfizer, David Shedlarz, to its board on Aug. 29.

Tronox Hikes Titanium Dioxide Pigment Prices

September 3, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Chemical company is raising its prices for all titanium dioxide paint pigment grades sold in North America by 8 cents per pound.

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IIAPE 2009 - India International Auto Parts Expo 2009

September 3, 2008 11:11 am | Events

Organized by CEMS INDIA in association with CEMS USA, the leading Multinational Exhibition Organizer of Southeast Asian region, the `India International...

Oil Sinks On Strong Dollar, Falling Demand

September 3, 2008 11:10 am | by Stevenson Jacobs, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices kept falling Wednesday as a stronger dollar and slowing demand for crude overshadowed the impacts of Hurricane Gustav.

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Kellogg Acquires Contract Snack Maker

September 3, 2008 11:10 am | News | Comments

Food maker said Wednesday IndyBake Products and Brownie Products’ two plants will be integrated into Kellogg’s U.S. Snacks operation.

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Vise-Grips Plant Closing, Moving Ops To China

September 3, 2008 10:57 am | by Nate Jenkins, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Employees report being told that in order to stay competitive one of Nebraska's most famous products must move its operations to China.

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Factory Orders Jump Up In July

September 3, 2008 6:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new orders increased by 1.3 percent in July, much stronger than the 0.8 percent increase economists had been expecting.

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