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New Apple Laptops Get Glass Trackpad, Nvidia Chips

October 14, 2008 10:30 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

CEO Steve Jobs highlighted the new laptops' larger glass 'multitouch' trackpad, and said the company switched from Intel to Nvidia as the supplier of the laptops' graphics chips.

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Defense Industry’s Boom Time Likely To Fade

October 14, 2008 10:30 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With the Treasury pouring billions of dollars into rescue plans, there is suspicion that Washington's appetite for expensive defense programs will diminish.

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Pesticides Found In Frozen Beans From China

October 14, 2008 10:22 am | News | Comments

Japanese public health office said it found a high concentration of pesticides in frozen green beans imported from China, and one woman who ate them became ill.

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Electrovaya, Tata Motors Join To Make Electric Cars

October 14, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Battery maker has connected with Tata Motors and Miljo Grenland/Innovasjon to make electric cars in Norway using Electrovaya's lithium ion battery technology.

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Daimler Closing Ontario, Oregon Truck Plants

October 14, 2008 9:14 am | News | Comments

German automaker halting truck production at plants in southwestern Ontario and Oregon and cutting 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to end its Sterling brand.

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Boeing, Striking Machinists' Talks Fail

October 14, 2008 8:05 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Aerospace giant says renewed negotiations with striking machinists broke down over an issue crucial to the company’s ‘long-term competitiveness.’

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Ascent Solar To Start Production In 2010

October 14, 2008 7:50 am | News | Comments

Solar cell maker said Tuesday that it is set to begin production in 2010 at its new manufacturing facility in Thornton, Colo.

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Indspec Halts Chemical Production After Leak

October 14, 2008 7:45 am | News | Comments

Only plant in North America to produce a compound used in the rubber and tire industry has halted production until the cause of a chemical leak that forced evacuations is determined.

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Kronos Raises Titanium Dioxide Prices

October 14, 2008 7:38 am | News | Comments

Maker of whitening pigments used in paper, paints and plastic announced price increases Tuesday for titanium dioxide sold across Europe.

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SABMiller Sales Slightly Up, Outlook Uncertain

October 14, 2008 7:20 am | News | Comments

World’s third-largest brewer said that beer sales rose 1 percent in the latest quarter, but the company was not confident about its prospects for the rest of the year.

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LDK: Polysilicon Plant On Target

October 14, 2008 7:09 am | News | Comments

China-based LDK Solar Co., which makes solar power products, said it is on track to meet its production goals at a polysilicon plant it is currently building.

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Bush Unveils Plans To Stabilize Banks

October 14, 2008 6:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

President announced a $250 billion plan to directly buy shares in nation's leading banks, saying the move was 'not intended to take over the free market but to preserve it.'

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Eli Lilly Starts Tender Offer For ImClone

October 14, 2008 6:30 am | News | Comments

Drugmaker announced Tuesday that a subsidiary has started a tender offer for all outstanding shares of ImClone Systems at a price of $70 per share in cash.

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Tainted Pet Food Case Nearing Settlement

October 14, 2008 6:20 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal judge will hear arguments on final proposal of a settlement for thousands of pet owners whose dogs and cats died last year after eating contaminated pet food traced to China.

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Texas Teen Builds Electric Car

October 14, 2008 6:12 am | by David Uhler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Major auto manufacturers racing to build battery-powered cars may have some competition from 17-year-old Lucas Laborde who built his own electric car.

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Pratt & Whitney Cuts 55 Jobs

October 14, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Aircraft engine company said the job cuts at its jet engine and repair business in Georgia are a result of a reduction in the volume of engine overhauls.

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Par Pharmaceutical Cutting 190 Jobs

October 14, 2008 6:09 am | News | Comments

Generic drug maker said it is 'resizing' its generic drug unit, which will involve cutting about 30 percent of its workforce.

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Janesville Outlook Grim With GM Plant Closing

October 14, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

City leaders estimate those job losses could affect 4,000 to 6,000 other jobs in Janesville, Wis., such as suppliers and restaurant workers who depend on the plant for business.

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Turkey To Buy 105 More Boeing, Airbus Planes

October 14, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Turkish Airlines has asked Airbus and Boeing to submit proposals for 35 double-aisle and 70 single-aisle planes.

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Daimler Drops Sterling Brand, Cuts Jobs

October 14, 2008 5:39 am | News | Comments

Automaker's North American truck division will drop its Sterling brand and end truck production at two plants by mid-2010 as it moves to deal with depressed demand.

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