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Life Sciences Companies Expanding In Massachusetts

September 2, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Advance Medical Inc., and Covidien are all planning to expand operations in Massachusetts.

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Boeing, Machinists Waiting On Contract Vote

September 2, 2008 5:37 am | Comments

Results will be announced Wednesday evening; if the contract is rejected, picket lines would go up when the old contract expires, at 12:01 a.m. PDT Thursday.

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Imported Vehicle Sales Plunge In Japan

September 2, 2008 5:30 am | Comments

Sales of new imported vehicles fell 40 percent in August for the fourth straight monthly decline, affected by high gasoline prices and an economic slowdown in Japan.

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Food Prices Rising And Packages Shrinking

September 2, 2008 5:28 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | Comments

Some food manufacturers are passing along price increases while others are also shrinking products or getting rid of certain lines to lower their costs.

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Sony Revamps PlayStation Portable

September 2, 2008 5:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Beefed up version of Sony's handheld video game machine with improved liquid crystal display and a built-in microphone faces tough competition from rival Nintendo DS.

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GM Opens Second Factory In India

September 2, 2008 5:15 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | Comments

Troubled U.S. auto giant invested $300 million in the new factory in Talegaon, boosting its production capacity in India from 85,000 to 225,000 vehicles a year.

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July Incomes See Biggest Drop In 3 Years

August 29, 2008 1:45 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Commerce Department reported personal incomes fell by 0.7 percent in July, a far larger decline than the 0.1 percent decrease analysts expected.

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AM General Cutting 80 Jobs At Hummer Plant

August 29, 2008 8:15 am | Comments

Maker of the Hummer H2 for General Motors is laying off 80 workers at its plant east of South Bend, Ind., because of slumping demand for SUVs.

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GM Recalls 944,000 Vehicles

August 29, 2008 8:12 am | Comments

General Motors is recalling 944,000 vehicles because of a problem with the windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire.

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White Electronic Designs CEO Steps Down

August 29, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Maker of technology components for the military, industrial and medical markets said Hamid Shokrgozar has resigned as chairman, president, chief executive and director.

Freightliner To Lay Off 225 More At S.C. Plant

August 29, 2008 5:50 am | Comments

Heavy truck subsidiary of German automaker Daimler AG cutting 225 more jobs at its Gaffney plant, blaming layoffs on decreasing customer demand.

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Canadian Industrial Product Prices Rise

August 29, 2008 5:46 am | Comments

Prices charged by manufacturers, as measured by the Industrial Product Price Index, rose 0.4 percent in July, down from the average growth rate of 1.5 from March to June.

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Verdict: Qualcomm Violates Broadcom Ruling

August 29, 2008 5:40 am | Comments

Federal judge ruled that Qualcomm violated a ban on wireless technology owned by rival chip maker Broadcom, the companies said.

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Hexion Turns Down Financing From Huntsman

August 29, 2008 5:36 am | Comments

While seeking to abandon a $6.5 billion buyout of Huntsman, Hexion rejected as inadequate a bid by a Huntsman shareholder group to finance at least $500 million of the buyout.

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Ex Boeing Employee Charged With Bomb Threats

August 29, 2008 5:35 am | by Gene Johnson, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Federal authorities say they found more than 100 guns at the home of a former Boeing worker charged with sending bomb threats to some of the company's top executives.

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Mexico's New Seaport To Compete With U.S. Shipping

August 29, 2008 5:25 am | by Dan Keane, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Project would transform a wind-swept bay 150 miles south of the U.S. border into a booming port city that could eventually compete with Los Angeles-Long Beach.

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ConAgra Now Uses Recycled Plastic In Trays

August 29, 2008 5:21 am | Comments

Nearly all the food trays ConAgra uses in its frozen meals now include 30-to-40 percent recycled plastic, keeping 8 million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year.

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GM Rejects $56M Offer To Keep Ohio Plant Open

August 29, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Ohio Department of Development says General Motors has declined a tax credit and grant package worth more than $56 million to keep open its SUV plant in Moraine.

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Westlake Chemical Building Plant In Louisiana

August 29, 2008 5:14 am | Comments

Company will build a new $250 million to $300 million chlor alkali plant in Louisiana, nearly doubling its production capacity.

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Conflicting Safety Rules Could Delay New Car Models

August 29, 2008 5:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Varying American and European safety regulations could keep automakers’ fuel-efficient European models from hitting U.S. highways anytime soon.

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