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NAM’s Appeal To Delay New Lobbying Law Denied

April 22, 2008 5:40 am | by Dibya Sarkar, AP Business Writer | Comments

Supreme Court rejected the National Association of Manufacturers' request to postpone enforcement of a provision requiring trade groups to name certain dues-paying members.

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Samsung Chairman To Step Down

April 22, 2008 5:35 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chairman Lee Kun-hee is resigning after 20 years as chief of South Korea's biggest conglomerate in the aftermath of his indictment on tax evasion and other charges.

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Auditors: FDA Needs To Step Up Foreign Inspections

April 22, 2008 5:30 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Concerns about the inspection program highlighted after the agency learned that contaminated doses of heparin probably came from a Chinese plant that was never inspected.

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Think Global To Bring Recyclable Electric Car To U.S.

April 22, 2008 5:26 am | Comments

Norwegian automaker plans to sell an electric car that is 95 percent recyclable, goes 110 miles without a charge and costs less than $25,000.

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Airbus Testing New Pratt & Whitney Engine

April 22, 2008 5:19 am | Comments

Agreement gives the European airplane manufacturer access to new technology but Airbus downplayed the prospect of a deal to eventually buy the fuel efficient jet engines.

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ITC Investigating Tessera Patent Complaint

April 22, 2008 5:14 am | Comments

Tessera asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the import and sale of certain semiconductor packaging products because they infringe its patents.

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Exports Surge, But Manufacturing Job Growth Flat

April 21, 2008 12:25 pm | by Dan Caterinicchia, AP Business Writer | Comments

Weak dollar and rapid industrial growth in developing countries has boosted exports, but manufacturing jobs will not be created on the back of that export strength.

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Munitions Maker Accused Of Selling Faulty Grenades

April 21, 2008 11:55 am | Comments

Federal authorities announced on Monday that Byron, Ga.-based Pyrotechnic Specialties is indicted for selling faulty grenades to the FBI.

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Court To Rule On Tariff Trade Law

April 21, 2008 11:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | Comments

Supreme Court said Monday it will rule on a case that could make it harder for U.S. companies to obtain protective tariffs on low-priced foreign goods.

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GE CEO Stresses Power Generation Diversity

April 21, 2008 11:03 am | by John Wilen, AP Business Writer | Comments

To meet growing power needs, utilities must be willing to consider new generation methods while making existing techniques more efficient, Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt said.

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'Gas Guzzlers' Popular In China

April 21, 2008 10:55 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Auto sales in China are booming and demand for the biggest vehicles is getting stronger, with sales of luxury cars and SUVs expected to surge by 40-45 percent.

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NAM, EPA Want Manufacturers To Reduce Energy

April 21, 2008 10:00 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers, in a partnership with the EPA, will challenge its member companies to reduce energy use across all operations by 10 percent or more.

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China Points Heparin Problem At U.S.

April 21, 2008 7:50 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Officials suggested the problem with heparin could have occurred in the U.S. and plan to visit a Baxter International plant to see how the finished product is manufactured.

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Crude Hits A Record $117 Per Barrel

April 21, 2008 7:23 am | by Marta Falconi, Associated Press Writer | Comments

While oil summit debates reason for record high prices, light sweet crude hits $117 a barrel.

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'Brownfields' Law Changing Landscapes

April 21, 2008 7:05 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer | Comments

As Massachusetts celebrates the 10th anniversary of the law, polluted lots are being cleaned, and parks and housing developments are sprouting up on land once thought unrecoverable.

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Lead Paint Case Arguments To Be Webcast

April 21, 2008 7:00 am | Comments

Rhode Island Supreme Court to Webcast arguments over the 2006 jury verdict that could force three former lead paint makers to pay billions in cleanup costs.

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American Axle Strike Affects 2 More GM Factories

April 21, 2008 6:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automaker says the eight-week strike at American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings has forced it to cut production at two more factories.

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Sportswear Industry Criticized Ahead Of Olympics

April 21, 2008 6:44 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Global trade union group criticized sportswear companies and the International Olympic Committee for not doing enough to ensure labor rights are respected.

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Maryland Orders 26 Trains From Wabtec

April 21, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

Wabtec Corp. won a $95 million deal to build 26 trains for the Maryland regional commuter system; trains will be built in Boise, Idaho.

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BMW, Daimler Consider Sharing Components

April 21, 2008 6:40 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Possibility of cooperation between the competitors reflects the intense pressure to cut costs amid slow sales growth in the U.S. and Europe.

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