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Workers Protest At Bulgaria's Largest Steel Maker

April 15, 2008 7:10 am | Comments

More than a thousand workers at Kremikovtzi rallied outside the plant to protest delayed salary payments and demand a final decision on the fate of the factory.

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South Dakota May Get Motorcycle Parts Plant

April 15, 2008 7:06 am | Comments

California company that makes aftermarket parts for motorcycles may start operations in Sturgis so it can use that famous name for marketing purposes.

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Delphi Exec Remains Upbeat

April 15, 2008 6:57 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Chairman Steve Miller says he is confident the auto supplier will emerge from bankruptcy protection, but says it will take months, not weeks.

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Cancer Claims U.S. Billionaire Jerry Zucker

April 15, 2008 6:25 am | by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Zucker, chief executive officer of the Hudson's Bay Company, died of cancer at his home, according to the company.

High Food Prices Hurting Low Income Families, Vendors

April 15, 2008 6:05 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | Comments

Worst U.S. food inflation in 17 years is putting the squeeze on poor families and forcing bakeries, bagel shops and delis to explain price increases to their customers.

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Official: European Exports Not Hurt Yet By Strong Euro

April 15, 2008 6:01 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | Comments

Euro currency zone's top official, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, said he did not see the strong euro hurting the European economy 'for the time being.'

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German Investor Confidence Waivers

April 15, 2008 5:54 am | Comments

Investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy unexpectedly declined this month with rising inflation, a strong euro and high oil prices eating into expectations.

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EADS Chief Fears Rising Euro

April 15, 2008 5:45 am | by Emma Vandore, AP Business Writer | Comments

CEO Louis Gallois likened the high value of the euro against the U.S. dollar to a 'sword of Damocles' poised to fall on the European defense and aviation consortium.

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Japan Auto Parts Supplier To Build Plant In Mississippi

April 15, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Auto components manufacturer will locate a plant in Senatobia, Miss., to supply parts to both the Nissan plant in Madison and the new Toyota plant near Tupelo.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Surge In March

April 15, 2008 5:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Inflation at the wholesale level soared in March at nearly triple the rate that had been expected as the costs of energy and food both climbed rapidly.

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Hawaii To Improve Food Safety With Microchips

April 15, 2008 5:30 am | by Jaymes Song, Associated Press Writer | Comments

In case of a recall, state wants to be able to trace produce to the farm of origin and identify where inventories were sent using radio frequency identification technology.

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U.S. Food And Drug Inspectors To Be Placed In China

April 15, 2008 5:25 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Top U.S. health official said the FDA is planning to open an office in China as part of a change in strategy following product safety problems in Chinese imports.

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Beijing To Idle Factories Ahead Of The Olympics

April 14, 2008 12:34 pm | by Stephen Wade, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Environmental officials will implement a series of temporary measures to stop construction and close heavy industries, all aimed at cleaning the city's polluted air.

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Missouri Company Fined For Hazwaste Violation In N.H.

April 14, 2008 12:30 pm | Comments

Thermal Dynamics Corp. agreed to pay a $157,000 civil penalty for not identifying and disposing of hazardous waste at its factory in New Hampshire.

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MTI Global To Streamline Operations, Close U.S. Plant

April 14, 2008 12:10 pm | Comments

Toronto-area maker of engineered products using silicone says it will close its Buchanan, Va., plant and move the operations and equipment to other silicone plants in the U.S.

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Air Filter Manufacturer Closes Iowa Plant

April 14, 2008 12:00 pm | Comments

Clarcor Air Filtration Products closed immediately after telling employees of the decision late last week, leaving 43 people without a job.

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GM Building Engine Factory In Brazil

April 14, 2008 11:50 am | Comments

Automaker will build a new $200 million engine and parts plant in Brazil that will employ 500 people and generate another 1,300 related jobs.

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Falling TV Sales Bring Down Philips' Profits

April 14, 2008 11:40 am | by Arthur Max, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Sagging sales, especially in the U.S., dragged down first-quarter profits, as Royal Philips Electronics reported net income nearly 20 percent lower than analysts had forecast.

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Furniture Plant Bringing 800 Jobs To North Carolina

April 14, 2008 11:35 am | Comments

Sutter Street Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, is planning a manufacturing and distribution facility that will create 820 jobs over the next five years.

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GSI Group Laying Off 10 Percent Of Workforce

April 14, 2008 6:50 am | Comments

Layoffs began last quarter and stem from 'softness in the semiconductor markets and the reduction in the number of facilities in North America.'

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