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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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