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Chinese Product Safety Head Resigns Amid Scandal

September 22, 2008 8:30 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Li Changjiang stepped down in the wake of a scandal over tainted formula that sickened nearly 53,000 infants, highlighting a breakdown in food safety a year after a major overhaul.

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Autoliv Closing Indiana Auto Parts Plant

September 22, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Swedish maker of air bags and other auto parts, plans to close its northeastern Indiana plant by the end of 2009, costing 380 workers their jobs.

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New Zealand Criticizes Dairy Firm Linked To Toxic Milk

September 22, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Prime Minister said dairy cooperative Fonterra, which owns 43 percent of the company at the center of China's tainted infant formula scandal, was too slow to speak out about the problem.

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Kodak's Kodachrome Dwindles With Digital Age

September 22, 2008 5:45 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | Comments

Elaborately crafted photographic film, extolled for its sharpness, vivid colors and archival durability could soon become extinct as sales compete with the digital age.

Swift Meat Plant Muslims Seek Compromise

September 22, 2008 5:44 am | by Jean Ortiz, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Muslim leaders say they want to compromise with a JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant, but they still demand a break for prayer.

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Denison Farmland Plant Workers Reject Contract

September 22, 2008 5:41 am | Comments

About 1,400 workers at the Denison Farmland pork plant voted by more than 92 percent on Sunday to reject a contract offer from the company.

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Fire At New Hampshire Gun Factory

September 22, 2008 5:32 am | Comments

Sturm Ruger & Co. factory in Newport is cleaning up after a fire overnight in an area where gun parts are treated with heat.

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Companies Push For Memory Card Music

September 22, 2008 5:28 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | Comments

SanDisk, four record labels, Best Buy and Wal-Mart are hoping that albums sold on microSD memory cards will provide an additional stream of sales.

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Nebraska Turkey Plant To Shut Down

September 22, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

Officials with Nebraska Turkey Growers Cooperative in Gibbon, Neb., cite increasing costs, primarily feed and fuel, for a decision to shut down the plant.

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Sanofi-Aventis Raises Zentiva Bid

September 22, 2008 5:22 am | Comments

French pharmaceutical giant agreed to raise its offer for the Czech generic drug maker 9.5 percent to $2.6 billion after Zentiva rejected a previous bid.

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GM Closing Georgia Assembly Plant

September 22, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Automaker closes its Doraville assembly plant on Friday, idling some 1,000 workers --down from 3,100 a few years ago.

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Schaeffler Now Owns 90 Percent Of Continental

September 22, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Automotive parts maker effectively ended months of jockeying between the two rival companies, creating one of the world's largest autoparts makers.

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Washington Tries 'Quick Fixes' For Financial Crisis

September 19, 2008 1:30 pm | by Jeannine Aversa and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writers | Comments

Moving on multiple fronts to stem the financial crisis, government acts to protect money market mutual funds against losses and banned short-selling of company stocks.

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NAM: Small Manufacturers Optimistic About Growth

September 19, 2008 10:19 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

According to a survey by the National Association of Manufacturers, small manufacturers expect increases in sales, exports and employment this year.

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Agriprocessors CEO: Change Is Coming

September 19, 2008 6:12 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

New chief executive officer of the kosher meatpacker targeted in an immigration raid and accused of child-labor violations, said his company will make fundamental changes.

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Last Of Steinways To Run Piano Company Dies

September 19, 2008 6:10 am | Comments

Henry Z. Steinway, the great-grandson of the founder of the legendary piano-making company, and the last of his family to run the business before it was sold, is dead at 93.

Report: Coke Is Most Valuable Global Brand

September 19, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Coca-Cola's image was ranked the most valuable brand overall for the eighth year in a row by brand consultancy Interbrand.

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Study: Pratt & Whitney Cancer Rates Normal

September 19, 2008 6:00 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | Comments

Connecticut Department of Health and Pratt & Whitney began the study in 2002 after complaints from families of workers who had died from a form of brain cancer.

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Small Brewers Turn To Hop Farming

September 19, 2008 5:55 am | by Shannon Dininny, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Worldwide shortage of hops has small brewers worried they might not find enough hops to produce their standard beers, let alone experiment with new ones.

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Airbus CEO Vows To Keep A380 On Schedule

September 19, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Brushing aside speculation that manufacturing and engineering difficulties had again put the project behind schedule, Airbus CEO pledged Friday to meet target of 12 aircraft this year.

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