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U.K. Economic Woes Could Point To Recession

July 15, 2008 11:40 am | by Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press Writer | Comments

British officials say their country is caught between international inflationary pressures and the tightening of the global credit market

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Highway Safety Chief Resigning

July 15, 2008 11:30 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Nicole Nason, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told colleagues Tuesday that she plans to leave the agency in August.

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Pilgrim's Pride To Cut 600 Jobs

July 15, 2008 9:01 am | Comments

Chicken producer will cut 600 jobs at its El Dorado, Ark., plant, saying the cost-cutting move was in response to record-high prices for feed.

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Hercules To Pay $22,500 EPA Settlement

July 15, 2008 8:58 am | Comments

Paint thickener and paper chemicals maker agreed to pay a penalty as part of a settlement with the EPA for clean-air violations at a chemical plant in Wisconsin.

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Volkswagen Picks Tennessee For New U.S. Plant

July 15, 2008 7:48 am | by Matt Moore, AP | Comments

Chattanooga, Tennessee beat out bids by Alabama and Michigan for the plant, which is part of the Wolfsburg-based company's strategy to increase its presence in America.

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AK Steel Raises Prices For Carbon Steel Products

July 15, 2008 6:40 am | Comments

U.S.-based steel company raising spot market prices for its carbon steel products by $50 per ton for all new orders, effective Sept. 1.

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Newell Rubbermaid To Cut Products, Raise Prices

July 15, 2008 6:32 am | by Ashley M. Heher, AP Business Writer | Comments

Atlanta-based company said it would stop making some products while raising prices on others as much as 22 percent as it continues to grapple with rising energy costs.

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Wholesale Prices Soar 1.8 Percent In June

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

Labor Department reported that over the past 12 months, wholesale prices are up 9.2 percent, the largest year-over-year surge since June 1981.

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Volvo Aero, Rolls-Royce Sign Deal

July 15, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Sweden's Volvo AB said Tuesday its aircraft unit has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce to develop an engine component for the Airbus A350XWB aircraft.

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InBev Gains Anheuser’s Marketing Clout

July 15, 2008 6:00 am | by Christopher Leonard and Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writers | Comments

Belgian brewer has an ambitious plan behind its $52 billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, hoping to tap into the U.S. company's massive marketing power.

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Bernanke: Economy Faces 'Difficulties'

July 15, 2008 5:55 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Fed Reserve Chairman says the fragile economy is being confronted by 'numerous difficulties' including persistent strains in financial markets and rising joblessness.

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Airbus Expects To Rake In Orders At UK Air Show

July 15, 2008 5:36 am | by Jane Wardell, AP | Comments

European plane maker's Chief Salesman John Leahy said he would be disappointed if Airbus doesn't book firm orders for 200 planes this week.

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American LaFrance To Relocate Fire Truck Unit

July 15, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Financially troubled vehicle maker is shifting fire truck manufacturing out of its Summerville, S.C., plant under a major reorganization of its business.

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Iowa Meatpacking Town To Hold Immigration Rally

July 15, 2008 5:23 am | by Amy Lorentzen, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Organizers are using the raid at the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville on May 12 as an example of what's wrong with the nation's immigration laws.

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Evergreen Solar Gets $1.2B Contract

July 15, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Solar panel maker said Tuesday the contract with Germany's IBC Solar AG IBC brings its backlog to almost $3 billion, spread among five customers.

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Boeing: 787 Dreamliner Still On Track

July 15, 2008 5:15 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Plane maker scheduled to test fly its 787 jetliner in the fourth quarter of this year and make its first delivery in the third quarter of 2009.

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Court Finds Mitsubishi Execs Guilty After Fatal Accident

July 15, 2008 5:14 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Japanese court found Mitsubishi Motors and its three former executives guilty of falsifying a report in a fatal accident suspected of being linked to a wheel defect.

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Tenneco Canada To Lay Off 104

July 15, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Lay offs part of a permanent staff reduction at an Ontario auto parts plant; company says move is a direct result of GM cuts announced last month.

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Lawmakers Push For 'Made In USA' Flags

July 15, 2008 5:04 am | by Libby Quaid, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Congress can't halt the flow of Chinese-made flags, but can try to control where they are flown, declaring that any flag flown on federal property should be made in the U.S.

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Bombardier Inks Fuselage Deal With Shenyang Aircraft

July 15, 2008 5:00 am | Comments

Under the contract, Chinese state-owned Shenyang Aircraft Corp. will produce the center fuselage for the newly launched CSeries airliner.

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