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Calif. Expected To Adopt Global Warming Plan

December 11, 2008 4:40 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Large factories in California must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators.

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German Recession To Last Till 2010

December 11, 2008 4:36 am | by George Frey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany will remain in a recession until 2010, an economic research group predicted Thursday, adding that gross domestic product will likely shrink 2.2 percent next year.

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Delayed Again

December 11, 2008 4:35 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | News | Comments

Recent Machinists’ strike and production glitches forced Boeing to delay the first flight of its 787 Dreamliner jet to the second quarter of 2009 and push deliveries to the following year.

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Chicago Factory Workers End Sit-In

December 11, 2008 4:31 am | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Workers agreed to a $1.75 million settlement that ends their six-day occupation of a shuttered Chicago factory that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.

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EU Probes Dell Payment

December 11, 2008 4:22 am | News | Comments

Regulators said they would investigate Poland's $68 million subsidy to computer maker Dell Inc., because they doubt the company's new Polish plant needed a state subsidy.

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Wholesale Inventories, Sales Plunge In October

December 10, 2008 12:20 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesalers cut back on inventories in October by 1.1 percent, the largest amount since the period following the 2001 terrorist attacks, as sales fell 4.1 percent.

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Sanofi-Aventis Shuffles Management

December 10, 2008 9:40 am | News | Comments

French pharmaceuticals giant said Wednesday that its top legal and financial officer has stepped down and that two executives will inherit each of his former roles.

European Union: Irish Pork Is Safe

December 10, 2008 9:24 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ham, sausages and bacon began returning to Ireland's store shelves Wednesday after the EU's food experts ruled that dioxin-tainted pork posed no credible health risk.

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Utility To Test Phoenix Motorcars’ Electric Vehicles

December 10, 2008 8:50 am | by Herbert A. Sample, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

California manufacturer of electric vehicles will provide 20 to 30 new battery-powered pickup trucks to Hawaii's Maui Electric in order to test the durability of new battery technology.

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Ford: We're Different From Competition

December 10, 2008 8:24 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

By shunning government loans, Ford Motor Co.'s top executives say they hope to buff up the automaker's image and set it apart from its cash-starved Detroit competitors.

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Mack Truck Sheds 180 Jobs At Pa. Plant

December 10, 2008 8:12 am | News | Comments

Truck maker laying off an additional 180 employees at its factory near Allentown, Pa., and will extend the end of year production shutdown by an extra week.

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Czech Car Makers To Cut 13,500 Jobs

December 10, 2008 8:06 am | News | Comments

Car manufacturers and their suppliers in the Czech Republic are expected to lay off more than 13,000 workers by the middle of next year, an auto industry group said.

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International Game VP To Retire

December 10, 2008 7:45 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of slot machines and casino management systems says vice president Robert Bittman is retiring at the end of the year.

Lance Reopening Archway Cookie Plant

December 10, 2008 7:40 am | News | Comments

Charlotte, N.C.-based Lance, Inc. will begin operations next week at the former Archway cookie plant in Ashland, Ohio, with a staff of 50 to 70 workers.

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Car Czar Would Hold Sway Over U.S. Automakers

December 10, 2008 7:35 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Powerful ‘car czar’ would dole out short-term emergency loans to Detroit’s automakers and hold veto power over transactions more than $100 million.

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Mexico's Grupo Bimbo Buys U.S. Bakery

December 10, 2008 7:09 am | News | Comments

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is buying the U.S. subsidiary of Canada's George Weston Ltd. for $2.3 billion, making it one of the world's largest bakery companies.

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EU: Majority Of Irish Pork Consumers Not At Risk

December 10, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

European Union Food Safety Authority says it doesn't see health concerns for the vast majority of consumers who may have eaten tainted Irish pork.

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EU Truck Makers: Stimulus Isn't Enough

December 10, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Chairman of the EU commercial vehicle manufacturers' group said $5.1 billion in loans for car makers does not go far enough and additional measures were needed.

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Japan Machinery Orders Fall 4.4 Percent

December 10, 2008 5:21 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Key barometer of corporate capital spending in Japan fell sharply in October, another grim sign that business investment is tumbling amid a deepening global slowdown.

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Syracuse China Factory Closing After 137 Years

December 10, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Parent company, Libbey Inc., is closing Syracuse China’s 137-year-old ceramic dinnerware factory in March, eliminating 275 jobs.

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