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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


NAM, EPA Want Manufacturers To Reduce Energy

April 21, 2008 10:00 am | by Edited by 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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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