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Bad Economy? Farmers Have Incredible Year

December 12, 2011 9:29 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year to $100.9 billion, despite the economy, on higher prices for many crops and livestock.

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Volvo Wants BP's Svanberg As New Chairman

December 12, 2011 9:23 am | News | Comments

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg was "recognized as a highly skilled leader" by the Swedish truck maker in its proposal.

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Ga. Farmers Try To Bring Back Homegrown Olive Oil

December 12, 2011 9:23 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia may be best known for its peaches, peanuts and sweet Vidalia onions, but olives were long ago a homegrown commodity.

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Carbon Plant Marks 20 Years In Miss.

December 12, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

Calgon Carbon Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of activated carbon products, has experienced impressive growth in the last two decades.

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China's Exports Weaken While Imports Slow

December 12, 2011 9:16 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports slowed in November, raising the likelihood of further measures from Beijing to help prop up faltering growth and offset slack demand.

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Academy: Labor Fight Shouldn't Derail Oscars

December 12, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

Workers and management at R.S. Owens & Company, which makes the golden statues, are fighting over a proposed wage freeze and benefit cuts.

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Etihad Buys 12 More Boeing Jets

December 12, 2011 9:12 am | by Adam Schreck, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fast-growing Gulf carrier is buying 10 more of Boeing's new 787-9 planes, making it the largest airline customer for that version of the carbon fiber jet.

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Protests Boost Sales And Fears Of Sonic Blasters

December 12, 2011 9:11 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press | News | Comments

More U.S. police are using the so-called Long-Range Acoustic Devices, which some say cause permanent hearing damage.

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Lockheed Martin Gets $4B Jet Contract

December 12, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. have been awarded a military contract to provide 30 fighter jets to the Air Force, Navy, and the Marines.

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Report: 7 Killed In Steel Mill Blast In Iran

December 12, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

Iran's official news agency is reporting that a blast caused by leftover ammunition has killed at least seven workers.

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Abbott Labs Spends $400M On Development Deal

December 12, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker spent $400 million to collaborate with Reata Pharmaceuticals on the development of oral anti-inflammatory drugs.

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HP To Make webOS Open-Source Software

December 9, 2011 3:03 pm | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday that it's making its webOS mobile system available as open-source software that anyone can use and modify freely.

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Justice Dept Wants To Postpone AT&T-T-Mobile Trial

December 9, 2011 2:58 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increasing government opposition is threatening the $39 billion deal, with analysts now giving it only a slim chance of going through.

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France Fines P&G And Colgate

December 9, 2011 2:52 pm | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

P&G and Colgate-Palmolive were among companies fined by French authorities, who accused them of fixing laundry detergent prices for years.

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Nitrogen Cylinder Falls At BP Refinery

December 9, 2011 2:40 pm | News | Comments

Coast Guard says a 140-foot cylinder of nitrogen landed in shallow water when a crane failed at the BP Cherry Point refinery near Ferndale, Wash.

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Motorola Beats Apple In Patent Lawsuit

December 9, 2011 2:20 pm | News | Comments

German court has ruled that Apple is infringing on one of Motorola's mobile data communication patents through its sales of iPhone and iPad devices.

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Labor Board Drops Boeing Complaint

December 9, 2011 1:49 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

NLRB officially dropped its high-profile case challenging Boeing's decision to open a nonunion aircraft manufacturing plant in South Carolina.

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Dog Food Maker Issues Recall

December 9, 2011 1:45 pm | News | Comments

A Missouri-based company is recalling three dry dog food products because of high levels of the fungus toxin aflatoxin.

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The Quality Trap

December 9, 2011 1:41 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The Quality function can be trapped into releasing a problem.  Prevent such, and your business performance will improve.

OSHA Cites Cargill For 23 Violations

December 9, 2011 9:39 am | News | Comments

Agency is proposing fines of $146,400 for 23 violations at a Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. ground beef production plant in Milwaukee.

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