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FDA Lifts Boston Scientific Restrictions

October 22, 2008 7:20 am | Comments

Boston Scientific said the Food and Drug Administration has lifted some restrictions imposed more than two years due to quality control problems.

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Dell: PC Shipments In Asia Surge

October 22, 2008 7:20 am | Comments

Computer company said Wednesday its PC shipments in the Asia-Pacific region grew three times faster than the industry average in the third quarter.

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World Leaders Meeting To Address Global Economy

October 22, 2008 6:35 am | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Leaders will meet Nov. 15 in Washington to address the global financial crisis -- the first in a series of summits to mitigate what economists predict could be a long and deep downturn.

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Hawker Beechcraft CEO: ‘Necessary Actions’ Coming

October 22, 2008 6:15 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Head of Hawker Beechcraft warned employees that the company must take unspecified actions in coming weeks to ensure that it is prepared amid the turmoil in global financial markets.

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Weak Earnings Fuel Global Recession Fears

October 22, 2008 6:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | Comments

Barrage of poor earnings from major corporations revived worries of a global recession and showed the depth of the financial crisis the Bush administration is trying to tackle.

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Rockwell Automation Cutting 168 Jobs

October 22, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Company will close its Allen-Bradley manufacturing plant in Manchester, N.H., by the end of the year.

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More GM-Janesville Suppliers To Close Down

October 22, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Suppliers to the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisc., are planning mass layoffs Dec. 23 -- the same day GM is ending production of sports utility vehicles there.

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Report: FDA Foreign Drug Inspection Program Inadequate

October 22, 2008 5:55 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Congressional investigators say it would take 13 years for U.S. inspectors to visit each of 3,249 foreign manufacturing plants that make medications for the American market.

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Samsung Backs Out Of SanDisk Bid

October 22, 2008 5:49 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

Company said it has withdrawn a $26 a share bid to acquire SanDisk, but suggested it was still interested in buying the U.S. flash memory card maker at a lower price.

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Report: Toyota Could See First Sales Drop In Years

October 22, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

Japan's largest automaker will post its first decline in global sales in a decade this year, hit by slowing demand amid the financial crisis, a Japanese newspaper predicted.

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Wal-Mart Lays Down The Law For Chinese Suppliers

October 22, 2008 5:40 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | Comments

World's largest retailer said it will set new quality standards for suppliers amid a scare over toxic milk products that sickened tens of thousands of babies across China.

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BHP Billiton: Developing Countries Will Drive Demand

October 22, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Global downturn is cutting into China's appetite for resources, but developing countries' hunger for raw materials remains positive, the world's largest mining company said.

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Summit Polymers Closing Tennessee Plant

October 22, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Plastic parts supplier for trucks and sport utility vehicles is closing its Shelbyville plant in January, leaving 263 people jobless.

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Modine To Divest Korean HVAC Business

October 22, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Maker of heating and cooling systems for vehicles said the divestiture of its Korea-based heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit is part of a push to scale back its global presence.

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Antilock Brakes Could Cut Motorcycle Fatalities

October 22, 2008 5:29 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the fatal crash rate involving motorcycles equipped with optional antilock brakes was 38 percent lower than without the systems.

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Kentucky Wind Turbine Plant Closing

October 22, 2008 5:21 am | Comments

Wind Energy Corp. promised 260 new jobs in five years when it opened in July 2007, but instead 17 employees lost their jobs when the plant closed its doors last week.

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Champion Aerospace Expanding S.C. Plant

October 22, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Aviation parts manufacturer is expanding its Pickens County plant that makes spark plugs, oil filters and aviation engine parts, and adding up to 45 new jobs.

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OPEC Scrambles As Oil Prices Plunge

October 21, 2008 9:30 pm | by George Jahn, Associated Press Writer | Comments

With the global economy edging toward recession, the specter of diminishing oil supply has been blown away by a stunning lack of demand that now has the market in a stranglehold.

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Nissan Cutting U.S. Output

October 21, 2008 1:34 pm | Comments

Japanese automaker is cutting production of its Altima models at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi due to sluggish U.S.demand.

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PC Makers Could Slash Prices Early For Holidays

October 21, 2008 10:50 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Prices on personal computers appear to be holding steady, but buyers may get better deals soon as computer companies try to avoid getting stuck with a pile of unsold inventory on Dec. 31.

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