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Drug Maker Fights Move To Ban Painkiller

November 17, 2011 3:04 pm | by Donna Bryson, Associated Press | News | Comments

South African pharmaceutical manufacturer is fighting moves toward banning a painkiller that has been removed from the shelves because of fears it could harm the heart.

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Car Dealerships See Customers Return

November 17, 2011 2:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More Americans are replacing old vehicles, enlivening a normally sleepy time for sales and putting November on track to be the industry's strongest month of the year.

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J&J Removing Toxins From Baby Products

November 17, 2011 2:38 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amid pressure from activists, Johnson & Johnson said it is continuing efforts to remove traces of two harmful chemicals from its baby products around the world.

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Lion Air Plans To Buy 230 Boeing Jets

November 17, 2011 2:27 pm | by Samantha Bomkamp, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing said on Thursday that Indonesia's Lion Air plans to buy 230 jets, which would be the airplane maker's biggest order ever if it is finalized.

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Forecasters Expect Only Moderate U.S. Growth In 2012-13

November 17, 2011 2:23 pm | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. economy should grow only moderately over the next two years, generating just enough jobs to slowly reduce unemployment, University of Michigan economists said.

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GE Investing $1B In Silicon Valley Software Hub

November 17, 2011 2:08 pm | News | Comments

General Electric is investing $1 billion in new software headquarters in Silicon Valley with plans to hire 400 software-related staffers to develop the 'Industrial Internet.'

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Take The Risk Out Of Leading Edge Interconnects

November 17, 2011 2:01 pm | by Tom Aubin, Director of Global Technology, Volex, www.volex.com | Articles | Comments

Many equipment manufacturers are facing a problem. Interconnects, once a simple commodity, now present a highly complex design and manufacturing task.

Toyota Celebrates Production Start At Miss. Plant

November 17, 2011 10:21 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press | News | Comments

The celebration of the first production Corolla at the plant comes almost five years after the $1.3 billion Blue Springs facility was announced.

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Can Washington Win Boeing Contract And Keep Jobs?

November 17, 2011 9:55 am | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington wins because of its experienced workers, but the state's higher pay and possible work stoppages because of labor disputes work against it, study says.

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Unemployment Aid Applications Hit 7-Month Low

November 17, 2011 9:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early April, a sign that layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.

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Jury Rejects Rambus Antitrust Claims

November 17, 2011 9:24 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Jury denied Rambus billions in damages as it determined that chip-makers Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor didn't conspire to fix prices.

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Settlement Reached In Chinese Drywall Case

November 17, 2011 9:19 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Settlement with the Knauf Group manufacturer involves reimbursements to builders for homes that have been fixed or are being repaired now, and others that are in line to be remediated.

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PepsiCo To Launch Mid-Calorie Soda

November 17, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

Beverage makers are eager to find a mid-calorie soda that consumers like as it could help stimulate sales, which have been hurt by concerns over excessive sugar and calories.

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Smucker Recalls Chunky Peanut Butter

November 17, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination.

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Obama Scolds Tobacco Companies For Fighting Labels

November 17, 2011 9:12 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some tobacco companies are fighting new cigarette warning labels because 'they don't want to be honest about the consequences,' Obama says in new web video.

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Chinese Craft Returns From Space Docking Mission

November 17, 2011 8:58 am | News | Comments

An unmanned Chinese spacecraft returned to Earth in preparation for the country launching its own space station.

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November 17, 2011 8:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

We’ve rolled out a new design and embedded a new content management system that will preserve our standing as the leading site for manufacturing information.

Iowa Egg Farm Paying Salmonella Victims

November 16, 2011 2:59 pm | by By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of people sickened last year after eating salmonella-tainted eggs will receive compensation, including six-figure checks for two children.

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UAE Criticizes 'Unworkable' French Fighter Bid

November 16, 2011 2:40 pm | by By Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

France's Dassault Aviation is seeking unacceptable terms for the sale of up to 60 Rafale fighter jets to the UAE, a senior Emirati military official said.

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Study Finds Android Is Half Of All Smartphone Sales

November 16, 2011 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Market share for smartphones running Google's Android software doubled in third quarter as more devices became available and Apple delayed the new iPhone.

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