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Hyundai Puts U.S. Pickup Plans On Hold

May 13, 2008 6:28 am | News | 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.

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Chinese Earthquake Won't Shake Economy

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

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Pfizer Shuttering Indiana Plant

May 13, 2008 6:20 am | News | 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.

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AMD Executives Resign Amid Restructuring, Decline

May 13, 2008 6:15 am | News | Comments

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

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Nestle To Scale Back California Water Plant

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

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Nissan: 4Q Profit Up, But Tough Times Ahead

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

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Crocs Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Firms

May 13, 2008 6:00 am | News | 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.

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Honda: New Fuel Cell Vehicle Lighter, More Efficient

May 13, 2008 5:55 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | 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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Airbus Announces More Delays To A380

May 13, 2008 5:48 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European aircraft maker announced delays on deliveries of the superjumbo A380, already almost two years late, saying it is behind schedule switching to automated production.

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Lawmakers Want Bush To Stop Buying Petroleum

May 13, 2008 5:40 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Congress expected to approve legislation directing President Bush to temporarily halt the shipment of about 70,000 barrels of oil a day to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

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Renault-Nissan, Bajaj Venture To Make $2,500 Car

May 12, 2008 12:45 pm | News | Comments

French and Japanese auto alliance forming a joint venture with Bajaj Auto Ltd. of India to develop, make and sell an inexpensive car there with a price starting at $2,500.

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California Official Backs Auto Emissions Plan

May 12, 2008 12:35 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Regulator defended state’s work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles, contending it would push the auto industry to innovate without limiting consumers' choices at dealerships.

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American Axle Making Progress With Union

May 12, 2008 12:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Spokeswoman says American Axle and union negotiators made a lot of progress in bargaining Sunday, but would not say if the company and United Auto Workers are close to a deal.

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Foam Companies Reach Settlement In Club Fire

May 12, 2008 12:05 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several foam manufacturers to pay $30 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 fire that killed 100 people in a Rhode Island club.

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Report: HP Close To $12B Deal For Electronic Data Systems

May 12, 2008 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Personal computer and printer maker reportedly nearing a deal to buy information technology services provider Electronic Data Systems for between $12 billion and $13 billion.

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GM Closing Canadian Transmission Factory In 2010

May 12, 2008 9:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Spokesman Stew Low said Monday there are no products available for the factory, which employees about 1,400 hourly and salaried employees.

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Wind Energy Popularity Expected To Grow

May 12, 2008 9:50 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Energy Department report concludes that wind turbines can produce a fifth of the nation's annual electricity needs within about two decades.

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Watson Pharmaceuticals Co-Founder, Chairman Resigns

May 12, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Branded and generic drug maker said Monday Chairman and co-founder Allen Chao will resign, effective immediately, to 'pursue other business activities.'

Merck, Ranbaxy Partner To Develop Anti-Infective Drugs

May 12, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

Two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the United States and India are teaming up to develop new anti-infective medications.

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Dell Procurement VP Retires

May 12, 2008 6:40 am | News | Comments

Martin Garvin, a vice president who led the slumping computer maker's procurement efforts and managed its relationships with suppliers has left the company.

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