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Merck Paying $671 Million To Settle Marketing Case

February 8, 2008 4:41 am | by MaryClaire Dale, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Drug maker. paying to settle claims that it overcharged Medicaid programs for four drugs, including Vioxx and Zocor, and to resolve allegations of improper marketing to doctors.

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Terra Industries Restarting Ammonia Production

February 8, 2008 4:37 am | Comments

Increased demand for fertilizer is driving Terra to restart annual production of 400,000 tons of ammonia later this year in a $10 million expansion at Donaldsonville, La.

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Canada’s Economy Gains 46,400 New Jobs

February 8, 2008 4:30 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | Comments

Strong jobs data lends some credence to the view that the Canadian economy is faring better than its U.S. counterpart, says economist.

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Consumer Confidence Sinks To Record Low

February 8, 2008 4:26 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

According to the RBC Cash Index, a new reading in early February was the worst since the index began in 2002 and surpassed the previous low reached in January.

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Six Missing After Sugar Refinery Blast

February 8, 2008 4:18 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A sugar dust explosion rocked a refinery owned by Imperial Sugar near Savannah, Ga., sending more than 50 people to the hospital with six still missing.

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Polaroid Closing Last Film Plants

February 8, 2008 4:14 am | Comments

Company that pioneered instant photography is getting out of the film business to focus on digital imaging.

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U.S. Lawsuits Ineffective Against Chinese Companies

February 7, 2008 7:25 am | by Jeffrey Gold, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chinese imports have triggered a growing number of lawsuits, but U.S. companies often find it impossible to win damages or other legal redress, especially for lawsuits filed overseas.

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Newsprint Giant Norske Skog Cuts Production

February 7, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Norske Skog will slash production by 504,000 tons annually, shut down one paper machine in Norway, and close mills in the Czech Republic and South Korea.

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U.S. Retailers Report Disappointing January Results

February 7, 2008 6:10 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Business Writer | Comments

America's retailers delivered more evidence of a stumbling U.S. economy Thursday, as merchants including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported weak January results.

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Bittersweet: Russell Stover Announces Layoffs

February 7, 2008 5:56 am | Comments

Candy maker blames the 150 layoffs on rising costs for raw materials and the company's need to reduce costs to remain competitive in the marketplace.

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Atmel To Buy Touch Sensor Maker For $88 Million

February 7, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Chip maker Atmel Corp. will pay $88 million to buy touchpad navigation manufacturer Quantum Research Group Ltd. to expand its product offerings.

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Caterpillar Facility In Miss. Damaged By Tornado

February 7, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Oxford, Miss. Caterpillar plant that makes hose couplings collapsed Tuesday from severe tornadoes in the region; only a few minor injuries reported.

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Drop In Jobless Claims Won't Offset Previous Jump

February 7, 2008 5:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Number of newly laid off U.S. workers filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week, but not enough to indicate that strains on the labor market are easing.

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A. Schulman Closing Canadian Plant

February 7, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Plastics and resins maker will close a Canadian plant and seek a buyer for a Texas facility to offset expected pressures from high oil prices and poor auto sales in 2008.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada To Build Cessna Jet Engines

February 7, 2008 5:00 am | by Ross Marowits, CP | Comments

Pratt & Whitney expects to create hundreds of jobs after winning the largest contract in its history, supplying a new generation of jet engines for Cessna's largest business aircraft.

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Perry Manufacturing Eliminating 150 Jobs

February 7, 2008 4:56 am | Comments

Manufacturing company founded in Mount Airy, N.C., more than 50 years ago laying off 149 people at a manufacturing plant and a small distribution center.

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Chrysler Parts Supplier Seeks Loan To Stay Afloat

February 7, 2008 4:50 am | by David Mclaughlin, Dow Jones Newswires | Comments

Plastech Engineered Products, which filed for bankruptcy protection last week, is seeking $38 million from pre-bankruptcy lenders to keep the company running until next week.

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Corning To Increase LCD TV Component Production

February 7, 2008 4:35 am | Comments

To meet the growing demand for flat-screen TVs, Corning will add capacity to its manufacturing facility in Taiwan that makes glass substrates for LCD screens.

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Chinese Workers Happier In Factories Than At Home

February 7, 2008 4:34 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

As snow storms stranded migrant workers on a major holiday, most were happy to be stuck in factories, enjoying a life far from the social restrictions of their villages.

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Japan Steps Up Food Import Checks After Dumpling Scare

February 7, 2008 4:28 am | Comments

Health ministry to reinforce inspections of imported processed food and consider testing for agrochemical residues in random samples, following recent food poisoning incidents.

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