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Airbus, Honeywell Exploring Non Food-Based Biofuel

May 15, 2008 11:45 am | by Dan Caterinicchia, AP Business Writer | Comments

Plane maker and Honeywell International are developing a biofuel that by 2030 could satisfy nearly a third of the worldwide demand from commercial aircraft, without affecting food supplies.

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DoD: Chinook Helicopters Vandalized At Pa. Plant

May 15, 2008 11:29 am | by Randy Pennell, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Investigators concluded that two military helicopters were vandalized on the production line at a Boeing factory near Philadelphia, and the Defense Department is offering a reward.

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Nissan Lowers U.S. Sales Forecast

May 15, 2008 11:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker lowering its U.S. sales forecast from 15.5 million vehicles to 15.2 million vehicles as the weak economy continues to wreak havoc on the auto industry.

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IMF: Worst Of Market Turbulence Over

May 15, 2008 7:10 am | Comments

Head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the worst of the global financial turbulence was over, but that the ramifications from it are likely to be felt for some time.

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Spirit AeroSystems To Hire Over 1,000 At New Facility

May 15, 2008 6:55 am | by Estes Thompson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Aircraft parts supplier has agreed to hire 1,031 workers at a new facility to be built at North Carolina’s Global TransPark, a project that hopes to rebound the region's shriveling economy.

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Nucor Considering Louisiana For New Plant

May 15, 2008 6:47 am | by Alan Sayre, AP Business Writer | Comments

Steelmaker has chosen a tract in southeastern Louisiana as the only possible U.S. site for a $2 billion iron-making plant that would create 500 jobs.

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R.I. Supreme Court Hears Lead Paint Case

May 15, 2008 6:30 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Arguments are underway before the Rhode Island Supreme Court over a landmark jury verdict that could cost former lead paint companies billions of dollars in cleanup costs.

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JM Eagle Cutting Production, Jobs At Nebraska Plant

May 15, 2008 6:25 am | Comments

Plastic pipe manufacturer said it will be cutting production at its Hastings, Neb., plant this summer and will lay off 50 by July 12.

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South Carolina Plant To Nearly Double Work Force

May 15, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Fiberglass plant says it will nearly double its work force at its operation in Bishopville by the end of the year.

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U.S. Industrial Output Drops In April

May 15, 2008 6:18 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Nation's industrial output plunged 0.7 percent in April, reflecting big cutbacks in autos and other manufacturing industries, and more than double the decline economists expected.

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Report: GE To Auction Off Appliance Business

May 15, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Wall Street Journal reported that General Electric plans to auction off its Louisville, Ky.-based appliances business, which could yield between $5 billion and $8 billion.

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Canada's Manufacturing Sales Dip In March

May 15, 2008 6:03 am | Comments

Manufacturers gave back some of their recent gains in March as factory sales retreated 1.6 percent to $49 billion, their first decline of 2008.

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Japanese Core Machinery Orders Decline In March

May 15, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Core private-sector machinery orders in Japan shrank a seasonally adjusted 8.3 percent in March from the previous month to hit an almost three-year low.

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Strong German Growth Drives Euro Economy

May 15, 2008 5:58 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Comments

Germany's strong quarterly growth in the first three months of the year drove the euro economy to grow 0.7 percent from the previous quarter, German and EU statistics showed Thursday.

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Siemens Wins $2.1 Billion Train Order From Belgium

May 15, 2008 5:53 am | Comments

Industrial conglomerate said the order for 305 trains was 'the biggest order Siemens has ever received in the rolling stock sector.'

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Japanese Hosiery Maker Buys 75 Percent Of Royce Too

May 15, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Okamoto has placed U.S. hosiery wholesaler and maker Royce Too LLC under its wing by purchasing 75 percent of its management rights for 2 billion yen.

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CAW, GM Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

May 15, 2008 5:44 am | Comments

The union attempted to reach early agreements with GM and Chrysler, following its earlier settlement with Ford of Canada which the CAW aimed to use as a pattern.

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Yarn Plant Closure To Put 145 Out Of Work

May 15, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

About 145 workers will lose their jobs when textiles manufacturer Unifi closes its Staunton, Va., facility in September.

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GM, UAW Local To Vote On Contract Agreement

May 15, 2008 5:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker and a local union reached a new labor agreement that could end a month-long strike at a Michigan plant which makes some of GM's hottest selling vehicles.

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Prius Sales Hit One Million Mark

May 15, 2008 5:24 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Toyota's Prius started out a decade ago as a risky experiment in green technology, but now has become the first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid vehicle to top one million units.

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