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Paulson: China Talks To Focus On Energy, Environment

August 19, 2008 10:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Talks to take place in December in Beijing, will advance efforts to work on a 10-year cooperative agreement aimed at addressing energy security and environmental pollution issues.


FDA Warns GE Over Lax Record Keeping

August 19, 2008 10:35 am | Comments

Federal regulators have warned General Electric over lax quality control standards at a plant that makes computer software for medical imaging.


Albany International: Eclipse Aviation To Cut Production

August 19, 2008 10:26 am | Comments

Textile and composite maker said its customer Eclipse Aviation plans to cut production of the Eclipse 500 jet airplane, hurting sales and profits in its Albany Engineered Composites segment.


Longtime VW Manager Will Head U.S. Plant

August 19, 2008 10:22 am | Comments

Volkswagen officials say Frank Fischer, a longtime manager in Germany, will head the automaker's new assembly plant in Chattanooga.

Firms Help Immigrant Workers Assimilate

August 19, 2008 6:06 am | by Pamela Constable and N.C. Aizenman, AP | Comments

Several dozen major U.S. corporations spearheading a campaign to turn the divisive national debate about immigration in a more positive direction.


Britain Awards Wing Contract To L-3 Communications

August 19, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

L-3 Communications Holdings said Tuesday it received an $18 million contract from the British military to replace wing components on C-130K aircraft.


Ex-Texas Instruments VP Becomes Cree COO

August 19, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

LED light maker appointed Steve Kelley, a former Texas Instruments vice president, to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Wholesale Prices Rise At Fastest Clip In 27 Years

August 19, 2008 5:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Labor Department reported that wholesale prices shot up 1.2 percent in July, rising at the fastest pace since 1981.


Fuel Cell Vehicles Visit Nissan Plant

August 19, 2008 5:50 am | by Edited By Staff | Comments

Nissan and several other fuel-cell vehicle manufacturers made a stop in Smyrna, Tenn., during a cross-country trip to showcase the environmentally-friendly FCVs.


Dodge Challenger, PT Cruiser Creator Retires

August 19, 2008 5:35 am | Comments

Chrysler says the design chief responsible for the success of the Dodge Challenger, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper and Dodge Ram is retiring at month's end.


GM To Offer Employee Pricing

August 19, 2008 5:33 am | Comments

General Motors to announce Tuesday it is offering employee pricing to everyone as it tries to clear out its remaining inventory of 2008 vehicles.


Survey: Car Buyers' Satisfaction With U.S. Brands Falls

August 19, 2008 5:24 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. car buyers are growing less satisfied with their purchases from domestic automakers while their Asian and European competitors continue to improve.


Report: Mexican Peppers Problematic Before Outbreak

August 19, 2008 5:20 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Associated Press analysis of FDA records found that peppers and chilies were consistently the top Mexican crop rejected by border inspectors for the last year.


Japan To Take Cell Phone Technology Overseas

August 19, 2008 5:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nation will start an aggressive push to market abroad its mobile technology, especially the nation's popular 'wallet phone,' a government official said.


California Rejects Chemical Ban In Baby Products

August 19, 2008 5:10 am | by Samantha Young, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Lawmakers rejected restrictions on a chemical used in baby bottles and canned formula despite safety concerns that led retailers to remove the products.


Defect Suspected In iPod Overheating

August 19, 2008 5:03 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japan is investigating a possible battery defect in the popular iPod Nano music player after reports that two overheated in Tokyo, a government official said.


German Investor Confidence Rises Unexpectedly

August 19, 2008 5:00 am | by Matt Moore, AP Business Writer | Comments

Investor confidence recovered from a 16-year low, rising by 8.4 points in August as fears of an economic downturn in Europe's biggest economy appeared to ease.


GE Expects China Business To Double

August 18, 2008 1:31 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Electric expects its business in China to reach $10 billion a year by 2010, driven by China's efforts to improve energy efficiency and clean up its environment.


Myers Consolidation To Cost Up To $28M

August 18, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Manufacturer of polymer products for industrial, commercial and consumer markets, said Monday that it will take charges of up to $28 million as it cuts costs.


Plant Where Obama Spoke Reducing Work Week

August 18, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Three months after Democratic presidential candidate spoke at Thorngate, maker of high-end men’s clothing, the plant is reducing its work week to three days.



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