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Three Mississippi Plants Close

October 28, 2008 6:12 am | News | Comments

Jancor Companies Inc. shut down plants in Booneville, Olive Branch, and Macon, putting more than 300 people out of work.


Washington May Bailout U.S. Automakers

October 28, 2008 6:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Momentum is building in Washington to aid wounded U.S. automakers with cash to help their finance arms and possibly even help seal a deal for GM to acquire Chrysler.


Union: BFGoodrich Cutting Production For Now

October 28, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

BFGoodrich plans to temporarily cut production by nearly 40 percent at its Indiana tire plant, which could mean temporary layoffs for about 500 workers, said union officials.


Intel Capital Investing $20M In Chinese Solar Venture

October 28, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Subsidiary of Intel Corp. announced its first ‘clean-tech’ initiative in China, a $20 million equity investment in one of China's biggest makers of solar energy and wind power equipment.


Honda Cuts Vehicle Output In Britain

October 28, 2008 5:51 am | News | Comments

Japan's second-biggest automaker said Tuesday it would cut vehicle production by 10 percent in Britain due to faltering demand in Europe.


Report: Canada's Auto-Parts Makers Need $1B In Loans

October 28, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Canada's auto-parts makers need up to $1 billion in immediate short-term loans to help them survive during the liquidity crisis, says an industry report.


Fed Considering Another Rate Cut

October 28, 2008 5:44 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

It is all but certain the Fed will cut rates, the second time in this month alone, but the big question is just how low the Fed will go.


U.S.: China Can't Fall Back On Protectionist Policies

October 28, 2008 5:36 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

While the risk of China resorting to protectionist policies rises during difficult times, it could create problems and possible backlashes in other countries, a U.S. trade official said.


Tax Rebate To Benefit Caribbean Rum Makers

October 28, 2008 5:35 am | by Mike Melia, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Rum producers in U.S. Caribbean territories will see some benefits from a tax rebate that was widely defended earlier this month as a measure to help island governments.


AMD Sells TV Chip-Making Unit To Broadcom

October 28, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices said Tuesday it had completed the sale of its unit that makes chips for digital TV sets to fellow chip maker Broadcom for a reduced price of $141.5 million in cash.


OPEC: Falling Oil Prices Creates 'Crisis'

October 28, 2008 5:24 am | by Jane Wardell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Oil producers warned low oil prices have created a crisis situation threatening key investment in production, pushing them to seek moderate price increases by cutting output.


Denmark’s LM Glasfiber Opens Arkansas Blade Plant

October 28, 2008 5:20 am | by Chuck Bartels, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Windmill blade maker plans an opening of its new $150 million main factory on Tuesday, the focus of a $150 million investment in its Little Rock, Ark., operation.


Boeing, Engineers Contract Talks Make Progress

October 28, 2008 5:18 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Plane maker's contract talks with its engineers' union will move into high gear his week, and may get a boost from a tentative settlement with the Machinists union.


Canada Eyes GM’s U.S. Aid Request To Buy Chrysler

October 27, 2008 11:20 pm | News | Comments

Ontario is keeping a close watch on an apparent request by General Motors for a $10-billion rescue package from the U.S. government to aid in its purchase of Chrysler.


Tax Credits To Cut Plug-In Electric Cars' Price Tags

October 27, 2008 1:20 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Plug-in electric vehicles from GM and Toyota are not expected to hit showrooms for more than a year, but the first buyers will be eligible for a tax credit that could reach $7,500.


Virginia Shipyard, Union Reach Agreement

October 27, 2008 10:37 am | News | Comments

Leaders of the union representing 8,000 hourly workers at the Newport News shipyard say they have tentatively agreed on a contract.


'Excessive' Melamine Found In Chinese Eggs

October 27, 2008 10:32 am | by Min Lee, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chinese eggs have been found with excessive amounts of the industrial chemical melamine that may be traced to fertilizer fed to chickens that laid the eggs.


China's Premier Promises Safer Food Exports

October 27, 2008 10:28 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Premier Wen Jiabao said China will take steps to improve its food safety, claiming that tainted milk products that sickened thousands of children was a failure of regulation.


Pfizer Manufacturing Facility Wins Award

October 27, 2008 9:15 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical company’s new containment facility in Germany won the Facility of the Year Award from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.


Toyota's Global Sales Tumble

October 27, 2008 8:33 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker's global sales in the July-September quarter were down 4 percent, falling for the first time in seven years, due to faltering demand in the U.S.



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