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Unemployment Claims Fall For Second Straight Week

August 21, 2008 6:05 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | Comments

Labor Dept. reported applications for jobless benefits dropped to 432,000, down 13,000 from the previous week, and a bigger improvement than analysts expected.

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Hawker Beechcraft, Union Meet To End Strike

August 21, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Aircraft maker and union Machinists have agreed to meet for the first time since a strike began earlier this month.

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Barbie Wants Nearly $2 Billion In Bratz Dispute

August 21, 2008 6:00 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Millions of dollars are at stake in Mattel's copyright infringement case after a jury ruled Bratz dolls designer came up with the concept while working for Mattel.

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Twinkie Maker To Exit Bankruptcy With Union Deal

August 21, 2008 5:55 am | by David Twiddy, AP Business Writer | Comments

International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Wednesday it had brokered a deal between a financial firm looking to invest in bankrupt Interstate Bakeries and the company's lenders.

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Japan: Nearly 6,000 Temp Workers Killed, Injured In '07

August 21, 2008 5:52 am | Comments

Number of temp workers killed or injured in work-related accidents in Japan totaled 5,885 in 2007, up nine times from the level in 2004.

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GAO Rejects Lockheed Martin's Protest Of Navy Deal

August 21, 2008 5:40 am | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lockheed Martin's protest of a $1.16 billion contract to develop unmanned aircraft that can patrol coastlines rejected because its proposal was riskier than other bids.

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U.S. Chip Decision Could Bring Turnaround For Hynix

August 21, 2008 5:38 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

Second-largest computer memory chip maker said the U.S. will end punitive duties imposed on the company in 2003, a move Hynix hopes will help put it back in the black.

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VW Deliveries Sluggish In July

August 21, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

Worldwide deliveries of Volkswagen brand cars were down by 1.5 percent in July amid a wider decline in global markets, the company said.

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GM Chief To Offer Details On Ohio Plant

August 21, 2008 5:32 am | Comments

Head of General Motors is coming to northeast Ohio to show off photos of the new compact car that will be built at the plant near Youngstown.

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J.M. Smucker Promotes Employees Ahead Of Merger

August 21, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Richard K. Smucker, Vincent C. Byrd, Steven Oakland, Mark Smucker, Paul Smucker Wagstaff, and Barry Dunaway promoted as Smucker integrates Folgers' coffee business.

U.S. Steel Workers’ Profit Share At Record High

August 21, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Union official says the 14,000 union steelworkers employed by U.S. Steel are getting a record-setting share of the steelmaker's second-quarter profits.

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Gasoline Prices Up Canadian Inflation Rate

August 21, 2008 5:15 am | by John Ward, Canadian Press | Comments

Canada's inflation rate rose in July to its highest in more than five years, as the price of gasoline soared 28.6 percent nationally compared with the same time last year.

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Nintendo Faces Wii Patent Suit

August 21, 2008 5:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Hit Wii console with its wandlike remote controller has been targeted in patent infringement complaints by -U.S. technology company Hillcrest Laboratories.

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Continental Accepts Schaeffler Bid

August 21, 2008 5:03 am | by Matt Moore, AP | Comments

Auto parts maker ended a weeks-long standoff over a takeover bid, reaching a deal after Schaeffler raised its offer and agreed to limit itself to a minority stake.

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Intel Challenges AMD With New Chip Design

August 20, 2008 1:10 pm | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

New chip design is at once a big challenge to smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices and an admission that AMD nailed a key design feature.

FAA Reviewing Eclipse Jets

August 20, 2008 12:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Federal aviation officials are doing an unusual 30-day review of the Eclipse 500 very light jets after reports of safety problems.

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‘Green’ Appliances Gaining Favor

August 20, 2008 12:15 pm | by Dave Carpenter, AP Business Writer | Comments

While consumers have warmed to energy efficiency only gradually, the trend is increasingly evident with sales of energy-efficient household appliances on the rise.

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Hyundai To Sell Gas-Electric Hybrid In U.S.

August 20, 2008 12:04 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Vice President of Product Development John Krafcik said Hyundai will display a hybrid version of its midsize Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto show in November.

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Boeing, Machinists Contract Talks Intensify

August 20, 2008 11:37 am | Comments

Plane maker has updated its incentive pay plan as it enters the final stage of negotiations with its Machinists union on a new three-year contract.

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GM, Navistar Drop Truck Deal

August 20, 2008 11:33 am | Comments

Navistar International says it's dropping its immediate plans to buy GM's medium-duty truck business, citing marketplace and economic changes.

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