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French Try Plane Sensors In Artificial Heart

October 29, 2008 11:05 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

New artificial heart uses the same tiny sensors that measure air pressure and altitude in an airplane or satellite to detect the heart’s pumping speed and the pressure on its walls.

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Fed Shaves Half-Point Off Interest Rate

October 29, 2008 10:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate to 1 percent as it seeks to revive an economy hit by a long list of maladies stemming from the most severe financial crisis in decades.

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VW Exec: Production May Slow At Year-End

October 29, 2008 10:30 am | Comments

Volkswagen AG is considering slowing production at the end of this year by closing for extra days around the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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Textron Loses Contract, Cuts 500 Jobs

October 29, 2008 10:11 am | Comments

Bell Helicopter unit said it is laying off 500 employees after losing a multibillion-dollar reconnaissance helicopter contract with the Army earlier this month.

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Agriprocessors Fined Nearly $10 Million

October 29, 2008 10:07 am | Comments

Kosher meatpacking plant that was targeted by a federal immigration raid was fined nearly $10 million for alleged violations of state labor laws.

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Bobcat Closing Georgia Plant

October 29, 2008 9:30 am | Comments

Plant that makes attachments for the heavy equipment maker in Carrollton will close on Nov. 23, eliminating 147 jobs.

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Coke Closing Binghamton Bottling Plant

October 29, 2008 9:16 am | Comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises says it will close its Binghamton, N.Y., bottling facility by early January, but says the fate of the plant's 62 full-time employees is unknown.

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Volvo Cuts 600 Jobs In Sweden, Belgium

October 29, 2008 9:10 am | Comments

Swedish truck maker Volvo AB says it will lay off 600 more workers at plants in Sweden and Belgium due to declining demand in Europe.

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Japanese Electronics Makers Face More Setbacks

October 29, 2008 9:00 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Global slowdown and a strengthening yen are new setbacks for Japan's electronics makers, adding to their gloomy outlook for the holiday season.

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Jayco Lays Off 40 At Idaho Facility

October 29, 2008 8:40 am | Comments

Recreational trailer maker has laid off about 40 workers from its production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, in effort to scale back as a result of downturn in the national economy.

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Machinists To Vote Saturday On Boeing Settlement

October 29, 2008 8:35 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Boeing's Machinist union said it will vote on a tentative four-year labor pact on Saturday, a process that could end an eight-week strike against the airplane maker.

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Dow Chemical To Buy Rohm & Haas For $15.3B

October 29, 2008 7:50 am | Comments

Shareholders of specialty chemicals maker Rohm & Haas Co. approved a $15.3 billion buyout by Dow Chemical Co. on Wednesday.

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Cessna Breaks Ground On Wichita Facility

October 29, 2008 7:42 am | Comments

Company celebrating the start of construction on a new facility to build its Citation Columbus business jet that is expected to bring more than 1,000 direct jobs.

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China Delayed Tainted Egg Disclosure

October 29, 2008 7:38 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Local Chinese government acknowledged Wednesday that officials knew about melamine-tainted eggs a month before the contamination was publicly disclosed.

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Boeing Contract Good News For Spirit Plant

October 29, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Since Boeing machinists went on strike eight weeks ago, most of Spirit AeroSystems' 1,800 employees at its Tulsa, Okla., plant have been working 24-hour weeks.

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Report: GM Cutting Product Development Spending

October 29, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

General Motors is postponing nearly all of its spending on product development in 2009 and 2010 as part of a cost-cutting effort, an automotive trade publication reported Wednesday.

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Report: U.S. Drug Sales Growth To Slow Down

October 29, 2008 6:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. sales of pharmaceuticals will grow an anemic 1 to 2 percent in 2008, according to a report issued Wednesday.

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GM 3Q Global Sales Trail Toyota

October 29, 2008 6:05 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors says its third-quarter worldwide sales fell 11 percent on weak U.S. demand, falling short of Toyota's total for the period.

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Oil Execs Worried About Future Production

October 29, 2008 5:56 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

CEOs of oil majors Total SA and TNK-BP warned oil prices could spike dramatically if companies let the financial crisis curb longer-term investment in production.

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Durable Goods Makes Unexpected Jump In September

October 29, 2008 5:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Commerce Department reports orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by 0.8 percent -- the largest gain in three months -- after falling 5.5 percent in August.

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