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Agriprocessors Fights Unions At N.Y. Warehouse

September 15, 2008 5:20 am | by David B. Caruso, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Iowa meatpacking firm is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its long-held position that workers in the country illegally have a right to join labor unions.

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China Makes Arrests In Fake Milk Probe

September 15, 2008 5:18 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Police arrested two brothers suspected of adding a chemical to milk they sold to a company that produced infant formula that killed two babies and sickened 1,200.

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Oil Falls Below $97 A Barrel

September 15, 2008 5:13 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Prices for crude oil fell to $96.79 a barrel on Monday after Hurricane Ike inflicted minimal damage to oil installations on the Texas coast.

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BASF Bids $5.35 Billion For Ciba

September 15, 2008 5:08 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest makers of chemicals, BASF will pay $44 a share for Swiss specialty chemicals maker Ciba to augment the German company's presence worldwide.

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Ford: Auto Industry Should Get Federal Loans

September 12, 2008 1:30 pm | News | Comments

CEO Alan Mulally says the U.S. auto industry should get federal loans even though in past years it focused on pickup trucks and SUVs instead of more fuel efficient vehicles.

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GM Delivers Fuel Cell Vehicle To EPA For Tests

September 12, 2008 11:00 am | News | Comments

Automaker said Friday it delivered a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of a market test for the technology.

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Which ERP System Is Right For You?

September 12, 2008 11:00 am | by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net While traditional ERP systems have been around for years, open source systems are gaining in popularity. Which should you choose?

China Fixes Blame For Tainted Baby Formula

September 12, 2008 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Investigators believe dairy farmers added a dangerous chemical to milk linked to kidney stones in dozens of babies and one death in China's latest product safety problem.

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Prime Minister Would Aid Foreigners Buying Canadian Firms

September 12, 2008 10:30 am | by Alexander Panetta, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Promises made Friday by Stephen Harper stem from a Competition Review Panel report the Canadian government tabled in June.

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GM Looks For Loan Program Support

September 12, 2008 10:04 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner says a comprehensive energy strategy will require a 'massive investment in new technologies.'

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Apple Fixes iPhone Bugs

September 12, 2008 10:01 am | by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Company updated the software that runs its iPhones in hopes of decreasing dropped calls, improving battery life and cutting the time it takes to synchronize with a computer.

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Chrysler To Offer More Worker Buyouts

September 12, 2008 10:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Early retirement and buyout offers going out this month are similar to previous packages and designed to clear out about 2,000 Chrysler workers who are on indefinite layoff.

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Maine Paper Mill Layoffs Begin Saturday

September 12, 2008 9:57 am | News | Comments

Katahdin Paper says layoffs resulting from the indefinite shutdown of its Millinocket mill in Maine are slated to begin no later than Saturday.

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North Carolina Plastic Bag Plant Closing

September 12, 2008 9:21 am | News | Comments

Hilex Poly Co., nation's largest maker of plastic bags, says it's closing a North Carolina plant and will lay off about 160 employees.

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King Pharmaceuticals Launches Hostile Bid For Alpharma

September 12, 2008 9:17 am | News | Comments

Drug developer launched its tender offer for rival Alpharma Inc. on Friday, taking its offer directly to shareholders after raising its bid 12 percent to $1.6 billion.

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Inventories At Highest Level In 4 Years

September 12, 2008 6:25 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Supplies of unsold goods in warehouses and stock rooms rose by 1.1 percent in July -- more than double the 0.5 percent gain economists were expecting.

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Huntsman CEO Supports Hexion Buyout

September 12, 2008 6:15 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief executive testifies in a court battle that will decide whether Hexion Specialty Chemicals should be forced to go through with proposed $6.5 billion buyout offer.

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Volkswagen Workers Protest EU Intervention

September 12, 2008 6:13 am | News | Comments

Union leaders said 40,000 VW employees demonstrated Friday against European Commission action they say could open the door to a takeover of Europe's biggest car maker.

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Report: MGA Willing To Settle In Bratz Case

September 12, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Company that makes Bratz fashion dolls is willing to share a portion of royalties from the first generation of Bratz dolls with rival Mattel to settle a lengthy legal dispute.

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Wholesale Prices Plunge In August

September 12, 2008 5:56 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Government data show wholesale inflation dropped by the largest amount in nearly two years, reflecting a steep drop in gasoline and other energy products.

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