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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fuel Cell Vehicles Visit Nissan Plant

August 19, 2008 5:50 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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