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Weekly U.S. Jobless Claims Jump

April 17, 2008 6:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Number of workers filing claims for unemployment benefits last week increased by 17,000, reflecting pressure from the weak economy.


UAW Cancels American Axle Rally, Talks Continue

April 17, 2008 6:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Union called off a planned rally in support of striking workers at American Axle, saying it was making progress in talks with the auto supplier.


German Think Tank Lowers '08 Growth Forecast

April 17, 2008 6:08 am | News | Comments

Forecast for growth in Europe's biggest economy cut to 1.8 percent due to fallout from the U.S. subprime lending crisis and turbulence in global financial markets.


Military Boots Maker Opening Arkansas Factory

April 17, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Belleville Shoe Manufacturing said the new Forrest City, Ark., factory will enable the company to increase production and will eventually hire 200 people.


Poultry Plant Immigration Raids Net Hundreds

April 17, 2008 5:53 am | by Anabelle Garay, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Federal authorities carried out sweeps in five states, arresting workers at Pilgrim's Pride plants for identity theft, document fraud and immigration violations.


Dean Foods Dairy Plant Closing

April 17, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

About 80 people will lose their jobs when Fairmont Products dairy plant in Belleville, Pa., owned by Texas-based Dean Foods, shuts down.


Bush's Call To Curb Emissions Gets Mixed Reviews

April 17, 2008 5:41 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

While some welcomed the President's proposal to halt growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, others dubbed it a step backward because it doesn't call for mandatory cuts.


Toyota's Hino To End California Truck Production

April 17, 2008 5:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota, will stop making commercial trucks at one of its U.S. plants as surging oil prices and the credit crisis squelch demand.


Former Toyota Exec New Dana CEO

April 17, 2008 5:33 am | News | Comments

Automotive parts supplier has named retired Toyota Motor Corp. executive Gary Convis as its new CEO.


Global Automakers See Chinese Market As Lifeboat

April 17, 2008 5:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With auto sales forecast to rise by 15 percent this year, global automakers hope that booming China will drive sales as demand elsewhere slumps.


Dutch Chemicals Maker Expanding U.S. Production

April 17, 2008 5:22 am | News | Comments

DSM NV will invest $450 million over three years to expand production capacity for a fiber used to strengthen body armor and military vehicle plating.


U.S. Industrial Output Rebounds In March

April 16, 2008 12:25 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve said industrial production posted a better-than-expected 0.3 percent gain last month following a sharp 0.7 percent decline in February.


Plant Investigated For Illnesses Wins Worker Safety Award

April 16, 2008 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minn., which has seen several cases of mysterious illnesses among its workers, has won a workplace safety award.


Fed: U.S. Economy Worsened This Spring

April 16, 2008 11:50 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Economic health deteriorated further in the early spring as shoppers buckled under the strains of the housing and credit debacles and a weaker employment climate.


Zhang Named Chief Chemist At FQSI

April 16, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

Dr. Zhang will focus on optimizing current chemical formulations as well as developing next generation products at Food Quality Sensor International.

EU Approves British GM Training Grant

April 16, 2008 11:40 am | News | Comments

European Commission approved the British government's plan to give a $17.4 million training grant to General Motors' Vauxhall unit.


Honda Recalling Over 350,000 Accords

April 16, 2008 11:20 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker is recalling 353,000 Accord sedans from the 2003 model year to address corrosion in the windshield wiper motor.


Eli Lilly Cutting 500 Jobs

April 16, 2008 11:15 am | News | Comments

Drug maker plans to cut up to 500 jobs to streamline manufacturing operations for some insulin products and the osteoporosis drug Forteo.


Japanese Airline To Pay $110 Million For Cargo Price-Fixing

April 16, 2008 11:12 am | News | Comments

Japan Airlines International Co. has agreed to pay $110 million in fine for its role in fixing rates for international cargo shipments, the U.S. Justice Department said.


German Chemical Workers Win Pay Increases

April 16, 2008 7:21 am | News | Comments

Some 550,000 workers in Germany's chemical industry have won pay increases of nearly 5 percent this year and another 3.3 percent in 2009, negotiators said.



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