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China Investigates Latest Food Safety Scare

October 29, 2008 5:10 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Authorities were investigating how eggs came to be contaminated with the same industrial chemical at the center of a milk scandal that sickened thousands of babies.

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UPS To Test Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles

October 28, 2008 1:20 pm | by Harry R. Weber, AP Business Writer | Comments

Shipping giant will deploy seven hydraulic hybrids that, when combined with a low-emission diesel engine, yield a 45 percent to 50 percent improvement in fuel economy.

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Banks Pull Out Of Hexion-Huntsman Deal

October 28, 2008 11:38 am | by Ernest Scheyder, AP Business Writer | Comments

Two banks that initially agreed to fund Hexion Specialty Chemicals' buyout of Huntsman Corp. have backed out of the $6.5 billion deal amid a worsening economic climate.

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China Removes Some Eggs Amid Contamination Fears

October 28, 2008 11:20 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Brand of eggs is being pulled off some shelves in China because of fears they are tainted with the same industrial chemical found in milk that sickened tens of thousands of babies.

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CME: Canadian Manufacturing Headed For Catastrophe

October 28, 2008 10:49 am | Comments

Country's largest manufacturing group, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, says Canadian industry needs immediate emergency help from Ottawa to avert a catastrophe.

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FDA Warns Bayer Over Aspirin Marketing

October 28, 2008 10:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | Comments

Bayer is illegally marketing two aspirin products that make unsubstantiated health claims about fighting heart disease and osteoporosis, federal regulators said Tuesday.

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Spirit Aerosystems Watching Boeing Machinists' Vote

October 28, 2008 10:13 am | Comments

Boeing supplier Spirit Aerosystems is waiting to for striking Machinists to vote on a tentative deal with Boeing before making decisions about its own schedule.

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Celanese Raises Prices For Acetic Acid In Asia

October 28, 2008 9:15 am | Comments

Chemicals company said it was raising prices on all grades of acetic acid for customers in Asia, effective immediately.

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Another GM Supplier Closing Wisconsin Plant

October 28, 2008 8:45 am | Comments

Allied Automotive Group will close its Janesville plant and layoff 117 workers on Dec. 23, the same day General Motors will end SUV production in the area.

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Boeing, Striking Machinists Reach Tentative Deal

October 28, 2008 8:40 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Four-year agreement with wage increases totaling 15 percent was reached late Monday to end a strike that has shut down Boeing's commercial airplane operations.

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Consumer Confidence Hits Lowest Level In 41 Years

October 28, 2008 6:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Conference Board says consumer confidence in the U.S. economy plunged in October to its lowest on record, as stock markets dropped sharply and companies began laying off workers.

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Whirlpool Cutting 5,000 Jobs

October 28, 2008 6:17 am | by James Prichard, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nation's largest home appliance maker will cut 5,000 jobs by the end of 2009 due to the global credit crisis and continued reduced demand in North America and Europe.

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Paper Company Laying Off 95 Workers

October 28, 2008 6:14 am | Comments

Appleton says it's eliminating 75 full-time and 20 temporary positions at its Appleton, Wis., mill because of decreased demand for carbonless paper.

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Three Mississippi Plants Close

October 28, 2008 6:12 am | Comments

Jancor Companies Inc. shut down plants in Booneville, Olive Branch, and Macon, putting more than 300 people out of work.

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Washington May Bailout U.S. Automakers

October 28, 2008 6:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Momentum is building in Washington to aid wounded U.S. automakers with cash to help their finance arms and possibly even help seal a deal for GM to acquire Chrysler.

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Union: BFGoodrich Cutting Production For Now

October 28, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

BFGoodrich plans to temporarily cut production by nearly 40 percent at its Indiana tire plant, which could mean temporary layoffs for about 500 workers, said union officials.

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Intel Capital Investing $20M In Chinese Solar Venture

October 28, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Subsidiary of Intel Corp. announced its first ‘clean-tech’ initiative in China, a $20 million equity investment in one of China's biggest makers of solar energy and wind power equipment.

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Honda Cuts Vehicle Output In Britain

October 28, 2008 5:51 am | Comments

Japan's second-biggest automaker said Tuesday it would cut vehicle production by 10 percent in Britain due to faltering demand in Europe.

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Report: Canada's Auto-Parts Makers Need $1B In Loans

October 28, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

Canada's auto-parts makers need up to $1 billion in immediate short-term loans to help them survive during the liquidity crisis, says an industry report.

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Fed Considering Another Rate Cut

October 28, 2008 5:44 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

It is all but certain the Fed will cut rates, the second time in this month alone, but the big question is just how low the Fed will go.

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