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Olin Corp. Receives New Mercury Pollution Complaints

April 24, 2008 6:45 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Environmental group renewed its call for an Olin Corp. chlorine plant to stop mercury pollution that is contaminating the Hiwassee River in eastern Tennessee.

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Three States Now Vying For New VW Plant

April 24, 2008 6:35 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen narrowed its list of states competing for a potential U.S. production facility to Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee.

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Hong Kong Firms Struggling With Chinese Labor Laws

April 24, 2008 6:29 am | News | Comments

Manufacturers in the industrial hotbed in Guangdong Province are facing difficulties from higher labor costs and tough labor laws that may force some to close.

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Qimonda Forms Partnership With Japanese Chip Maker

April 24, 2008 6:23 am | News | Comments

German memory chip maker has agreed to form a technology partnership with Elpida Memory Inc. for joint development of DRAM chips.

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U.S. Firm, Brazil To Make Diesel Fuel From Sugarcane

April 24, 2008 6:15 am | by Alan Clendenning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amyris Biotechnologies is teaming up with Brazilian ethanol producers to turn sugarcane into diesel fuel in a joint venture that could churn out 1 billion gallons a year by 2015.

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India Raising Cap On Foreign Investment In Defense

April 24, 2008 6:08 am | News | Comments

Defense Ministry plans to raise the 26 percent cap on foreign direct investment, a move aimed at attracting global military and aerospace companies to invest in the country.

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Food Company Opening $4 Million Plant In S.C.

April 24, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Augusta, Ga.-based FPL Food plans to open a plant in West Columbia that will employ about 100 people.

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Brewer Can't Advertise 'Legal Weed' On Bottle Caps

April 24, 2008 6:01 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

California brewer claimed he's only exploiting a town name, but federal alcohol regulators ordered him to stop selling beer bottles with caps that say 'Try Legal Weed.'

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Japan: No Ban After U.S. Beef Violation

April 24, 2008 6:00 am | by Joseph Coleman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Despite the discovery of a spinal column in a meat shipment from an American processing plant, Japan will not impose a blanket ban on U.S. beef imports.

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Washington State Aluminum Can Plant Closing

April 24, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Ball Corp. said Wednesday it will close an aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant in Kent, Wash., that employs 111 people.

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German Business Confidence Hits 2-Year Low

April 24, 2008 5:42 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Business confidence fell to 102.4 points in April, after three months of increases, reflecting concern about the record-setting euro and soaring oil prices.

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GM: American Axle Strike Likely Hurt 1Q Fleet Sales

April 24, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two-month strike at its parts supplier may have cost the automaker sales of 7,000 to 10,000 vehicles to fleet buyers, a GM sales executive said.

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Report: FDA Finds Problems At Merck Vaccine Plant

April 24, 2008 5:30 am | News | Comments

Philadelphia Inquirer says federal inspectors are reporting 49 areas of concern at Merck & Co. Inc.'s vaccine plant in Montgomery County.

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Ford Posts Better-Than-Expected 1Q Profit

April 24, 2008 5:29 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker surprised Wall Street with a $100 million profit as strong results from Europe and South America helped offset the impact of a slumping U.S. economy.

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Italian Car Designer Opening Research Center In India

April 24, 2008 5:25 am | News | Comments

Pininfarina SpA will open a research, design and engineering center in Pune, India, with the Tata Group.

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Airbus Hopes China Will Boost Demand For A380

April 24, 2008 5:19 am | News | Comments

Plane maker forecast 'substantial' demand for its A380 superjumbo in China as international traffic to mega cities such as Beijing or Shanghai increases.

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Make An In Vitro Chicken, Win $1 Million From PETA

April 23, 2008 11:30 am | News | Comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a million-dollar prize to anyone who can create a commercially viable poultry product in a laboratory.

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QAD Explore 2008

April 23, 2008 11:19 am | Events

QAD, a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturers, has announced that Kevin Carroll, author, speaker and agent for...

Wal-Mart Details RFID Long-Term Plans

April 23, 2008 7:15 am | by Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Retailer promised products with an RFID tag would be clearly labeled and plans to have the inventory-tracking device on all products sold at Sam’s Club by 2010.

GE's Immelt Expecting Rough Economic Times

April 23, 2008 6:57 am | News | Comments

General Electric CEO tells shareholders the economy is the toughest it's been since 2001 and the U.S. is facing the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression.

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