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House Passes New Combustible Dust Safety Standards

May 1, 2008 5:33 am | by Jesse J. Holland, APOLLAND | News | Comments

Legislation would give workers new protections from combustible dust explosions like the one that killed 13 people in a Georgia factory in February.

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Canada Industries Fined $40 Million For Pollution

May 1, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Major industries, including oilsands upgraders and coal-fired power plants, have paid $40 million in fines for failing to meet the province's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Merck Warned To Fix Vaccine Plant Problems

May 1, 2008 5:21 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

FDA found 'significant objectionable conditions' in the manufacture of vaccines and drug ingredients during repeated inspections at the plant in West Point, Pa.

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New Wind Facility Coming To North Dakota

May 1, 2008 5:18 am | News | Comments

Division of electric utility and manufacturer Otter Tail Corp. plans to build a $121 million wind energy facility in North Dakota by the end of the year.

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Chromalox Closing Two Wisconsin Plants

May 1, 2008 5:13 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of industrial heating products plans to shut down its plants at Albany and Orfordville, affecting 110 employees.

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GM Loses $3.3 Billion, Cuts U.S. Sales Outlook

April 30, 2008 12:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker struggled to a first-quarter loss, due in part to a weak U.S. market, a strike at a major parts supplier and plummeting sales of sport utility vehicles and pickups.

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CAW Expects Chrysler, GM To Agree To Ford Deal

April 30, 2008 12:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove says he expects Chrysler and General Motors to agree to new contracts similar to a recent deal with automaker Ford.

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Fed Cuts Key Rate, Says U.S. Economy Still Weak

April 30, 2008 12:20 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point Wednesday, a smaller move than the aggressive easing it undertook earlier this year.

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FDA Raising Staff Levels By 1,300

April 30, 2008 12:17 pm | by Dibya Sarkar, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hiring announcement comes as consumer advocates and lawmakers blast the agency for lax oversight, the drug industry pushes for swifter approval of their products and medical experts decry the lack of regulatory resources.

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GlaxoSmithKline Reorganizing, Consolidating

April 30, 2008 12:14 pm | by Damian Troise, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Company says it is reorganizing, setting up new emerging markets unit to reach growing areas, while consolidating its North American operations.

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India’s Essar Buying U.S. Steelmaker Esmark

April 30, 2008 7:40 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Esmark Inc. says it has accepted a buyout offer valued at about $669 million from India's Essar Steel Holdings.

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Hiring Costs Grow At Slower Pace Than Expected

April 30, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

Labor Department reported Wednesday that employers’ costs to hire and retain workers grew at a slower pace in the first three months of this year.

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Economy Grew Only 0.6 Percent In 1Q

April 30, 2008 7:15 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Bruised economy limped through the first quarter, as housing and credit problems forced people and businesses alike to hunker down.

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Former Tobacco Workers Back On The Job

April 30, 2008 6:45 am | by Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal/AP | News | Comments

General Tobacco opens its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Mayodan, N.C., offering new jobs to veterans of the industry.

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3Com Names New CEO After Failed Buyout

April 30, 2008 6:32 am | by Mark Jewell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief executive Edgar Masri was replaced by Robert Mao, who will be based in China, which the data network equipment maker sees as its biggest market.

Japan's Industrial Output Slips In March

April 30, 2008 6:28 am | News | Comments

Production fell 3.1 percent from the previous month due to a slump in demand for passenger cars and electronic products, the government said.

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Economists Expecting One More Fed Rate Cut

April 30, 2008 6:22 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve, which began the year aggressively fighting a severe credit crunch and economic weakness, may push pause after delivering perhaps one more quarter-point cut in interest rates.

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Toyota Investing In Mitsubishi Jet Project

April 30, 2008 6:16 am | News | Comments

Japan's top automaker will invest $67.2 million in a project to build the country's first passenger jet in more than three decades.

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Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Buying BASF Facility

April 30, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

India-based pharmaceuticals company will buy chemical company BASF's pharmaceutical contract manufacturing business and facility in Shreveport, La.

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Universal Stainless Raises Tool Steel Product Prices

April 30, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Company said the new price hikes are necessary to offset sharply higher energy and operating supply costs amid continued strong market demand.

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