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U.S. Defends Safety Of American Beef

June 11, 2008 5:40 am | by Elizabeth White, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary said American meat was safe to eat after thousands of people in South Korea protested plans to resume U.S. beef imports.

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EPA: Recalled Miracle-Gro Products Were Safe

June 11, 2008 5:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the recalled lawn products sold with unregistered herbicides were no more dangerous than similar, legally registered products.

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Rio Tinto, BHP Argue Over Project Value

June 11, 2008 5:33 am | News | Comments

BHP's chief executive said his company's development projects are more advanced than those of takeover target Rio Tinto, the latest in an argument over which has higher value.

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Ford Scraps Layoff Plans At Kentucky Plant

June 11, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Automaker says the company will reduce production at its Louisville Assembly Plant but has scrapped a plan to lay off 570 auto workers next month.

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CAW Shocked GM Wants $1.5M Over Ontario Blockade

June 11, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

General Motors is seeking $1.5 million in damages from the union local and five of its members for a blockade at the automaker’s Oshawa, Ontario, headquarters.

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Toyota To Have Plug-In Hybrid By 2010

June 11, 2008 5:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in Japan, the U.S. and Europe by 2010, under a widespread strategy to be green.

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BP Chairman: Oil Industry Unable To Meet Demand

June 11, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Peter Sutherland, chairman of the oil giant's board, said recent high prices were not driven by market speculators or fears that oil is running out.

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China's Trade Surplus Shrinks In May

June 11, 2008 5:14 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Overall trade surplus shrank 10 percent from a year earlier, though its contentious gaps with both the U.S. and Europe continued to expand -- auguring further trade tensions.

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South Korea's LS Cable Buying Superior Essex

June 11, 2008 5:09 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LS Cable and U.S.-based Superior Essex agreed on a cash buyout by the Seoul-based company to create the world's third-biggest wire and cable manufacturer.

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High Gas Prices 'Collapsing' U.S. Minivan Market

June 10, 2008 1:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

While the rapid decline in pickup and SUV sales has been grabbing headlines, minivan sales have also tumbled, falling 20 percent in the first 5 months of 2008.

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Kosher Meat Plant Raid Could Push Prices Higher

June 10, 2008 1:00 pm | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices may climb further this summer, following the arrests of nearly half the work force in an immigration raid at the nation's largest kosher meat processor.

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Federal Task Force To Review Commodity Markets

June 10, 2008 12:55 pm | News | Comments

As spiking fuel and food prices rattle consumers worldwide, the U.S. government formed an interagency task force to assess developments in oil and other commodity markets.

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Port Authorities Want U.S. Cargo Security Law Repealed

June 10, 2008 12:48 pm | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

World customs authorities called on the United States to repeal or scale back a new law that will require foreign ports to screen all containers before they are shipped to the U.S.

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SABMiller Acquires Brewer Vladpivo

June 10, 2008 12:45 pm | News | Comments

World’s third largest brewer, whose brands include Miller Lite and Pilsner Urquell beers, said the newly-acquired brewer will become its third Russian production facility.

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Thousands Of South Koreans Protest U.S. Beef Deal

June 10, 2008 12:42 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

About 80,000 protesters gathered in the largest demonstration yet against the planned resumption of U.S. beef imports, as the entire Cabinet offered to resign in the uproar over the policy.

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Nissan Swaps Production Lines In Mississippi

June 10, 2008 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Automaker is switching gears at its Canton plant, cutting a truck-making shift in favor of one to build cars amid rising gas prices and dropping demand for trucks.

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Global Oil Consumption Forecasts Cut

June 10, 2008 12:35 pm | by John Wilen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Department and the IEA both lowered their global oil consumption forecasts for this year because of surging prices, but said demand continues to accelerate in developing nations.

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Converging IT And Automation Teams: Merging Cultures And Understanding The Human Element

June 10, 2008 10:00 am | by Julie Fraser, Principal & Industry Analyst at Industry Directions Inc. and Kevin Roach, Vice President, Rockwell Software at Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

By Julie Fraser, Principal & Industry Analyst at Industry Directions Inc. and Kevin Roach, Vice President, Rockwell Software at Rockwell Automation Getting IT, engineering and manufacturing focused on the same goals and priorities requires a delicate balance of technology and psychology.

Oil Prices Surge Upward

June 10, 2008 8:08 am | by John Wilen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Prices resumed their upward trek Tuesday, rising sharply as investors focused once again on growing global demand for crude.

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NAM: Commerce Trade Report Is Good News

June 10, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers said the trade data released today by the Commerce Department confirms continued improvement in manufactured goods trade.

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