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Medical Equip Maker To Pay $14.5M In Patent Dispute

June 12, 2008 6:31 am | News | Comments

Federal jury ordered Arthrex, a medical equipment manufacturer, to pay more than $14.5 million in a patent infringement dispute that involves a device invented by a Portland physician.


Northwest Pipe Plans New Facility

June 12, 2008 6:26 am | News | Comments

Welded steel pipe maker said it will build a new tubular products pipe manufacturing facility in the Houston area.


Ex-Pratt & Whitney Engineer Pleads Guilty To Larceny

June 12, 2008 6:10 am | News | Comments

Donald Burwell admitted to the charges he embezzled $150,000 from the jet engine manufacturer by submitting false expense reports.


Politics Could Doom InBev's Bid For Anheuser-Busch

June 12, 2008 6:02 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Politicians and activists are lining up against the $46 billion bid, saying it could cost jobs in the U.S. and send ownership of an iconic American company overseas.


Ford Urges Congress To Fund Hybrid Development

June 12, 2008 5:55 am | by Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas, warned that the country was falling behind in developing the technology critical to the advanced vehicles.


S. Korean Trade Minister Visiting U.S. Over Beef Dispute

June 12, 2008 5:52 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Top trade official said he would travel to the U.S. to seek restrictions on American beef imports in a bid to soothe anti-government protesters.


One Dead After Texas Chemical Plant Explosion

June 12, 2008 5:49 am | News | Comments

An explosion at a Goodyear chemical plant killed a worker while injuring six others, and also caused a small release of ammonia.


CAT Planning $1 Billion Expansion In Illinois

June 12, 2008 5:39 am | News | Comments

Heavy equipment maker will spend $1 billion over the next two years to expand capacity in five of its Illinois factories, and will shift production at some of its plants.


Ford, UAW Discuss Shift From Trucks To Cars

June 12, 2008 5:35 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Some union officials are hoping for new products for their plants or the possibility of quickly retooling truck factories so they can make more fuel-efficient cars.


Unemployment Rises To Highest Level Since Late March

June 12, 2008 5:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for jobless benefits rose to 384,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week.


Inflation Remains A Threat For China

June 12, 2008 5:26 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's inflation rate dipped to a still high 7.7 percent in May amid signs efforts to rein in food prices were finally taking hold, the National Bureau of Statistics said.


Retail Sales Better-Than-Expected In May

June 12, 2008 5:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department said sales saw the biggest increase in six months as 57 million economic stimulus payments helped offset the headwinds buffeting consumers.


GM Plant In Canada Could Get Third Car Line

June 12, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

General Motors and the Ontario government are in discussions about adding a third car line at the automaker's truck plant in Oshawa slated for closure in 2009.


Samsung Chairman Apologizes At Tax Evasion Trial

June 12, 2008 5:15 am | by Kwang-Tae Kim, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

During his trial, former Samsung boss Lee Kun-hee told the court that he assumed all responsibility for any wrongdoing by subordinates and asked for leniency for them.


Merger Could Create Chinese Steel Powerhouse

June 12, 2008 5:12 am | News | Comments

Tangshan Iron & Steel and rival Handan Iron & Steel have begun talks to combine operations in a deal that would create one of China's biggest steelmakers.


Delaware Chrysler Plant Up For Sale

June 12, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Automaker’s 57-year-old plant in Newark is scheduled to close in late 2009 and will officially be put on the market this week.


Kraft, Sara Lee Rivalry Heats Up

June 12, 2008 5:00 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

America's two largest hot dog makers are waging a wiener war, hoping to win customers and secure the top spot in the stagnating frank market.


Dems Vote On Unemployment Benefits Again

June 12, 2008 4:58 am | by Jesse J. Holland, AP Labor Writer | News | Comments

Taking another shot on the same measure, the goal for Thursday was to pass it by just a majority, not the two-thirds it would take to overcome a presidential veto.


South Korean Cargo Workers Threaten Strike

June 12, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

Cargo transport workers angry over high fuel costs and the policies of President Lee Myung-bak threatened a strike that could disrupt the movement of goods.


Lawmaker: Chinese Hacked Government Computers

June 11, 2008 1:00 pm | by Pete Yost and Lara Jakes Jordan, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Virginia congressman said Wednesday the FBI has found that four of his government computers have been hacked by sources working out of China.



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