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July Industrial Output Better Than Expected

August 15, 2008 6:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve reported industrial production edged up 0.2 percent last month, half the pace of the 0.4 percent gain in June, but better than analysts expected.

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Westinghouse Electric Fills New Senior VP Job

August 15, 2008 6:20 am | Comments

Electronics company has named Ricardo Perez to the newly created position of senior vice president of global growth and innovation.

Australia Looking To Buy Advanced U.S. Fighter Jets

August 15, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Nation wants to become the first country to win U.S. export approval to buy the Boeing EA-18G Growler advanced electronic-warfare fighter jet, an official said Friday.

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Electric Bike Sales Rise With Gas Prices

August 15, 2008 5:57 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Business Writer | Comments

Surging gas costs and a desire for a greener commute are turning more people to electric bikes as an unconventional form of transportation.

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Vishay Offers To Buy International Rectifier For $1.6B

August 15, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Chip maker Vishay Intertechnology says it offered to buy the power management chip maker for $1.6 billion in cash.

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Maine Company Expanding Former Paper Mill

August 15, 2008 5:49 am | Comments

Construction company is expanding to the site of a former paper mill, where it will build equipment and buildings for a Port Arthur, Texas, oil refinery due for completion in 2010.

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Hydrogen Car Road Tour Stops In North Carolina

August 15, 2008 5:43 am | Comments

Cars from Nissan, Toyota, BMW and others will be displayed at Duke and UNC Charlotte as part of the 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour.

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Honeywell Environmental Settlement Questioned

August 15, 2008 5:34 am | Comments

Arizona Corporation Commissioner questioning legality of a hazardous-waste settlement that included a $5 million fine and $1 million for an air-quality cleanup project.

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Kentucky Ford Plant Keeping All Shifts

August 15, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Automaker says it is keeping all three shifts of body and paint workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, saving 230 workers from potential layoffs.

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China's Changfeng Motor Denies Stake Sales

August 15, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Hunan Changfeng Motor Co. is not in talks on selling a stake to major automakers Guangzhou Automobile or Beijing Automotive, a company official said.

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Mitsubishi Launches Satellite

August 15, 2008 5:21 am | Comments

Five-ton satellite is the first fully 'Made in Japan' commercial communications satellite launched by a private company, Mitsubishi said.

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3M Plans To Cut Several Hundred Jobs

August 15, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Company says it will eliminate several hundred more U.S. jobs over the next few months than previously announced, blaming the slumping domestic economy.

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GM Union In Ohio Calling For Transfer Rights

August 15, 2008 5:15 am | by James Hannah, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Union representing 2,000 workers at a suburban General Motors plant wants employees to have a chance to transfer to other GM plants when the factory closes.

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Northrop CEO: Boeing Got What It Asked For On Tanker

August 15, 2008 5:10 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | Comments

Despite claims the competition is biased against it, Boeing got the clarification it wanted from newly released Pentagon guidelines according to rival Northrop Grumman.

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China's Factory, Construction Spending Jump 27 Percent

August 15, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

National Statistics Bureau said investment in construction, factory equipment and other such assets totaled $1.1 trillion amid reconstruction after May's earthquake.

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High Oil Prices Drag Chinese Car Sales

August 15, 2008 5:03 am | Comments

Rapid growth in Chinese sales of sedans, SUVs and light trucks slowed sharply in July as sales rose just 6.8 percent, the lowest monthly expansion rate in two years.

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GM: Volt Electric Car On Course For 2010

August 14, 2008 1:30 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

With the Chevrolet Volt slated to go on sale soon, experts are wondering if it will be ready on time and if the cost can be reduced to make the car affordable to the masses.

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Flu Vaccine Makers Begin Shipping Doses Early

August 14, 2008 11:25 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

All but one of the five manufacturers expected to supply a record 143 million doses to the U.S. began shipping the vaccine in the past two weeks, several weeks earlier than usual.

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Boston Scientific Recalling Stents

August 14, 2008 11:14 am | Comments

Medical device maker has recalled some of its artery-opening stents due to a defect that can cause part of the devices to break off during surgery.

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Workers Protest Outside Chrysler HQ

August 14, 2008 11:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Several hundred Chrysler manufacturing workers, many of whom face imminent layoffs in St. Louis, protested outside the company's headquarters Thursday.

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