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Plant Worker Killed In Rocket Motor Explosion

September 18, 2008 5:05 am | Comments

Official says a rocket motor exploded and caused a fire at an Aerojet weapons factory in southern Arkansas, and that one worker was killed.

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Demand Surges For Plug-In Hybrid Conversions

September 17, 2008 1:55 pm | by John Murawski, AP Writer | Comments

With plug-in hybrids unavailable commercially until 2010, some enthusiasts are turning to companies that retrofit a Prius with a second battery that doubles their gas mileage.

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Canada’s Biovail Buys Prestwick Pharmaceuticals

September 17, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Drugmaker has bought privately held U.S. drug company Prestwick Pharmaceuticals for $100 million, company officials said Wednesday.

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MillerCoors Asked To Pull Energy Drink

September 17, 2008 11:37 am | Comments

Twenty-five states are asking beverage maker MillerCoors to abandon plans for a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink, calling it a 'recipe for disaster.'

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Castleberry's Closing Georgia Plant

September 17, 2008 11:35 am | Comments

An 82-year tradition of canning stew and hash at Castleberry's Food Co. will end when its Augusta plant closes in two months.

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Goodyear, Bridestone Firestone Plants Receive Grants

September 17, 2008 11:31 am | Comments

North Carolina awarded the two tire manufacturers a maximum of $30 million in grants each to upgrade their operations and keep existing jobs at the plant.

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CAW: Buyouts Will Help Younger Workers Keep Jobs

September 17, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers union said the solution is nothing more than a ‘bandage on a very, very deep wound’ on the soon-to-be shuttered truck plant in Oshawa, Ont.

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Union: Swift Plant Agrees To Muslim Accommodations

September 17, 2008 11:25 am | by Jean Ortiz, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A JBS Swift plant agreed to temporarily change the timing of a lunch break to accommodate workers wanting time to pray during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.

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Mitsubishi Schedules Talks For Illinois Plant

September 17, 2008 11:23 am | Comments

Automaker said contract talks for workers at its plant in Normal, Ill., are scheduled to resume Sept. 24; most recent contract expired on Sept. 5.

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GM Slowing Production In Kentucky

September 17, 2008 11:16 am | Comments

Automaker says it will slow production at its assembly plant in south-central Kentucky and layoffs are possible.

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NBTY Buys Julian Graves

September 17, 2008 7:22 am | Comments

Nutritional-supplement maker and retailer said it acquired Julian Graves, a U.K. natural food and ingredients retailer, for about $25 million.

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Thorngate Plant To Cut 250 Jobs

September 17, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Manufacturer of high-end men's clothing plans to eliminate its sewing department in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a move that will leave about 250 workers without jobs.

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Philip Morris Completes Rothmans Purchase

September 17, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

Company said owners of about 47 million shares, representing about 68 percent of the Canadian cigarette maker, had accepted its offer of $28.16 per share.

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Government Bails Out AIG With $85B

September 17, 2008 6:35 am | by Jeannine Aversa, Ieva M. Augstums and Stephen Bernard, AP Business Writers | Comments

In the most far-reaching intervention into the private sector ever, the government stepped in to rescue American International Group with an $85 billion injection of taxpayer money.

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Singapore Bans Chinese Dairy Product

September 17, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Sales of a yoghurt ice bar from China were temporarily banned after it was found to contain low amounts of the toxin melamine, which has killed at least three infants in China.

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Valeant Pharmacueticals Buying Coria

September 17, 2008 6:29 am | Comments

Company will buy privately-held Coria Laboratories for $95 million in a move to expand its dermatology business.

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Federal-Mogul Cutting 4,000 Jobs

September 17, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Auto supplier said the cuts are part of a restructuring plan that will streamline business, consolidate or close locations and lower general and administrative staffing.

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Corona Recalls Over 6 Million Kerosene Heater Tanks

September 17, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Electric appliance firm said it will recall the removable fuel tanks it manufactured in and before 2000 because deformation in the tanks' filler caps could cause fuel leaks.

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Ford, Lawmakers Discuss Loan Program

September 17, 2008 6:00 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Following a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, Ford said the industry's push for low-interest loans has not been undermined by the turmoil enveloping Wall Street.

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Ranbaxy Promises To Resolve Quality Problems

September 17, 2008 5:59 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

India's largest pharmaceutical company said it will resolve quality issues at two factories that led the FDA to ban the import of more than 30 of its generic drugs.

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