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Bernanke: Financial Turmoil Easing, Not Yet 'Normal'

May 13, 2008 12:42 pm | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Problems in financial markets have eased somewhat, but the situation is still 'far from normal,' Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday.


Lead Paint Case Heads To R.I. Supreme Court

May 13, 2008 8:05 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | Comments

More than two years after a jury found Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings liable for creating a public nuisance the case heads to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.


Workers Sue Smithfield Foods Over Labor Violations

May 13, 2008 7:45 am | Comments

About 230 current and former workers are suing Smithfield Foods, contending that for years they weren't paid for 30 to 45 minutes of daily overtime.


GM Workers In Ohio Get Ready To Strike

May 13, 2008 7:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Workers at a General Motors Corp. metal stamping plant in Ohio have threatened to go on strike Thursday in a dispute over local contract issues, a GM spokesman said.


Northrop Grumman, EADS To Build Air Tanker Facilities

May 13, 2008 7:30 am | by Edited by Staff | Comments

Two adjacent manufacturing facilities will be built in Mobile, Alabama to produce the Air Force’s new fleet of aerial refueling tankers.


Hundreds Arrested In Immigration Raid At Iowa Plant

May 13, 2008 7:10 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Federal immigration agents arrested more than 300 people in Postville during a raid at the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant.


Toyota, Others Halt China Operations

May 13, 2008 6:55 am | Comments

Automaker among the Japanese companies with operations in China's Sichuan province that have temporarily halted business in the region following Monday's earthquake.


U.S. Retail Sales Down In April

May 13, 2008 6:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Retail sales dipped 0.2 percent as Americans, battling soaring gasoline prices and a slumping economy, cut back further on their spending in April.


VW To Provide U.S. Production Facility Plans In July

May 13, 2008 6:45 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | Comments

Sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan have been named in the running for Volkswagen’s new plant, but the company won’t say until July where the facility will be.


HP Will Pay $13.2 Billion For EDS

May 13, 2008 6:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer | Comments

Company agreed to buy Electronic Data Systems Corp. for about $13.2 billion in cash to build a technology-services company that could challenge IBM.


Italian Aerospace Company Buys DRS Technologies

May 13, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Aerospace and defense company Finmeccanica SpA bought U.S. military contractor DRS Technologies Inc. for $5.2 billion, the companies said Tuesday.


Tyco Electronics Selling Unit To Cobham

May 13, 2008 6:30 am | Comments

Company said Tuesday it will sell its radio frequency components and subsystem division to Cobham Defense Electronic Systems for $425 million in cash.


Hyundai Puts U.S. Pickup Plans On Hold

May 13, 2008 6:28 am | Comments

South Korean automaker has shelved a plan to make pickup trucks in the United States as demand for that type of vehicle declines amid high oil prices.


Pfizer Shuttering Indiana Plant

May 13, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Drug maker will close its sterile manufacturing plant in Terre Haute by the middle of next year and eliminate the remaining 140 jobs at the plant.


Chinese Earthquake Won't Shake Economy

May 13, 2008 6:20 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

Earthquake that ripped through China, killing more than 12,000 people and crumpling roads and factories, will be only a transitory jolt for the booming economy, analysts say.


AMD Executives Resign Amid Restructuring, Decline

May 13, 2008 6:15 am | Comments

Two executives have left Advanced Micro Devices as the company tries to engineer a dramatic turnaround to fend off larger rival Intel.


Nestle To Scale Back California Water Plant

May 13, 2008 6:12 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Company said soaring fuel and transportation costs forcing it to scale back plans to build what would have been the largest water bottling plant in the U.S.


Nissan: 4Q Profit Up, But Tough Times Ahead

May 13, 2008 6:02 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker reported a big jump in fiscal fourth quarter profit, but like other Japanese automakers pinched by a strong yen and soaring oil and material costs, it forecast a rough year ahead.


Crocs Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Firms

May 13, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Shoe maker said subsidiary Jibbitz LLC won a copyright and trademark infringement case against three Chinese shoe companies and was awarded damages of $56 million.


Honda: New Fuel Cell Vehicle Lighter, More Efficient

May 13, 2008 5:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Automaker's new hydrogen-powered vehicle FCX Clarity reaches maximum speed of 99 miles an hour and comfortably seats four people.



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