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European Auto Sales Get Boost From German Buyers

March 14, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

Big spending German car buyers helped European auto sales rise 8.7 percent in February from a year ago, the European carmakers association ACEA said.

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Turpin Named President, COO Of Technitrol Unit

March 14, 2008 7:45 am | News | Comments

AMI Doduco, a unit of electronic components maker Technitrol, named Marc H. Turpin president and chief operating officer.

Glass Baby Bottles Return Amid Chemical Concerns

March 14, 2008 7:40 am | by Lisa A. Flam, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Relatively small but growing number of parents are turning to glass bottles amid concerns over a chemical used to make plastic bottles, bisphenol A.

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Local Union Absent At UAW, American Axle Talks

March 14, 2008 7:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Negotiations continue between American Axle and United Auto Workers, but local union officials were sent back to their factories after concessions broke down on Monday.

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Odell Promoted To Ford Of Europe COO

March 14, 2008 6:54 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor says it has named Stephen Odell chief operating officer for Ford of Europe.

Northrop Grumman: Procurement Process At Risk

March 14, 2008 6:50 am | by Joelle Tessler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CEO Ronald Sugar says Congress would undermine the entire government procurement process if it tries to block a $35 billion Air Force contract won by his company and EADS.

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Brown-Forman CFO To Retire

March 14, 2008 6:46 am | News | Comments

Liquor producer said Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Phoebe A. Wood will retire on April 30, succeeded by Donald Berg.

Man Illegally Shipped Military Components To India

March 14, 2008 6:35 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Appearing before a federal judge in Washington, Parthasarathy Sudarshan admitted to illegally exporting sensitive military components to India.

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Romanian Carmaker's Workers Stage Warning Strike

March 14, 2008 6:34 am | News | Comments

More than 4,000 employees at Renault's Romanian carmaker Dacia are threatening to strike, demanding higher wages and more benefits.

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Bush Intervened In Smog Debate

March 14, 2008 6:26 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

EPA agreed to weaken a key section of its new smog requirements announced this week after being told at the last minute that President Bush preferred a less stringent approach.

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Consumer Inflation Mildest In 6 Months

March 14, 2008 6:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported consumer prices were unchanged last month and better than the predicted 0.3 percent gain, but the relief was expected to be short-lived.

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Superior Essex Considers Closing Plant In France

March 14, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

Wire and cable maker in talks with groups representing employees at its magnet wire manufacturing plant in Chauny, France, about a possible closure.

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Ice Cream Cake Maker To Close Facility

March 14, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Celebration Foods, maker of the iconic Carvel ice cream cakes, plans to close its Marlborough, Mass., plant in May, putting 90 people out of work.

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Boeing Mulls Brazil Military Aircraft Bid

March 14, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

U.S. aircraft manufacturer may bid on an estimated $2.2 billion contract to provide military planes to Brazil's air force, the company said Thursday.

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CTS Acquiring Orion Manufacturing

March 14, 2008 5:52 am | News | Comments

Electronic components maker to buy Orion, a contract electronics manufacturer, for about $10 million in cash.

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Japanese Plant To Make Akeena Solar Panels

March 14, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Akeena Solar says Japanese electronics and solar-panel manufacturer Kyocera will start manufacturing its Andalay solar panels this year.

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Chrysler Mandates 2-Week Global Shut Down

March 14, 2008 5:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is requiring all employees worldwide to take a two-week vacation this summer in order to create better efficiency and boost productivity.

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Nike's Chinese Labor Troubles Continue

March 14, 2008 5:33 am | by Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Despite improvements in worker rights laws in China, Nike says significant problems remain in working conditions and meeting company standards.

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EU: Economic Slowdown Won't Disrupt Climate Change

March 14, 2008 5:23 am | by Paul Ames, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

European leaders are demanding that the costly fight against climate change cannot come at the expense of their economies as they continue two days of talks on Friday.

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China's Sinosteel Makes Bid For Australian Miner

March 14, 2008 5:16 am | by Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sinosteel launched a $1.1 billion takeover bid for iron ore miner Midwest in the first hostile approach by a Chinese company for an Australian one.

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