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Number Of Pork Plant Illness Cases Grows

April 17, 2008 10:20 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Number of mysterious neurological illnesses among workers who processed pig brains at pork plants in Minnesota, Indiana and Nebraska has grown to 24, and other possible cases are being evaluated.

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No Increase In Euro-Zone Exports To U.S. For January

April 17, 2008 10:20 am | Comments

Exports to the U.S. from euro countries were flat in January, as the weak dollar made German cars and French champagne more expensive for American shoppers.

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American Axle Makes Progress, But No Agreement

April 17, 2008 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Both sides in the nearly two-month strike against auto parts maker American Axle are reporting progress in contract talks, but spokeswoman says a deal is not imminent.

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Canadian Lumber Company Reduces Work Week

April 17, 2008 9:55 am | Comments

Ainsworth Lumber is reducing the work week to four days for 310 employees at its mills in Savona and Lillooet, B.C., because of a downturn in the province's forestry sector.

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Philadelphia Manufacturing Reports Weak Activity

April 17, 2008 7:30 am | by Edited By Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Activity in the region's manufacturing sector continued to weaken for the fifth consecutive month, according to the Philadelphia Fed.

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Conference Board's Economic Indicators Edge Upward

April 17, 2008 7:11 am | Comments

Despite reversing five months of decline, the indicators are down significantly from a year ago, leaving recession fears festering.

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Harley-Davidson Scales Back Shipments, Jobs

April 17, 2008 6:55 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Business Writer | Comments

Motorcycle maker will cut its workforce by about 8 percent and curtail shipments this year after reporting a decline in 1Q profits, with domestic sales tumbling nearly 13 percent.

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Experts: Automakers Need To Explain Fuel Technology

April 17, 2008 6:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Automakers need to form a consensus on fuel-saving technology choices and do a better job explaining options if they want consumers to buy in, said auto industry experts.

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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Feeling Economic Strain

April 17, 2008 6:40 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | Comments

Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI says that while manufacturing in the U.S. is clearly slowing, global growth will help offset it.

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Alliance Interiors Strike Halts GM Crossover Production

April 17, 2008 6:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

More supplier woes for General Motors as a plant that makes its hot selling crossovers was partially shut down due to a strike at Alliance Interiors.

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Weekly U.S. Jobless Claims Jump

April 17, 2008 6:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Number of workers filing claims for unemployment benefits last week increased by 17,000, reflecting pressure from the weak economy.

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UAW Cancels American Axle Rally, Talks Continue

April 17, 2008 6:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin AP Auto Writer | Comments

Union called off a planned rally in support of striking workers at American Axle, saying it was making progress in talks with the auto supplier.

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German Think Tank Lowers '08 Growth Forecast

April 17, 2008 6:08 am | Comments

Forecast for growth in Europe's biggest economy cut to 1.8 percent due to fallout from the U.S. subprime lending crisis and turbulence in global financial markets.

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Military Boots Maker Opening Arkansas Factory

April 17, 2008 6:00 am | Comments

Belleville Shoe Manufacturing said the new Forrest City, Ark., factory will enable the company to increase production and will eventually hire 200 people.

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Poultry Plant Immigration Raids Net Hundreds

April 17, 2008 5:53 am | by Anabelle Garay, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Federal authorities carried out sweeps in five states, arresting workers at Pilgrim's Pride plants for identity theft, document fraud and immigration violations.

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Dean Foods Dairy Plant Closing

April 17, 2008 5:45 am | Comments

About 80 people will lose their jobs when Fairmont Products dairy plant in Belleville, Pa., owned by Texas-based Dean Foods, shuts down.

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Bush's Call To Curb Emissions Gets Mixed Reviews

April 17, 2008 5:41 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press Writer | Comments

While some welcomed the President's proposal to halt growth in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, others dubbed it a step backward because it doesn't call for mandatory cuts.

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Toyota's Hino To End California Truck Production

April 17, 2008 5:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota, will stop making commercial trucks at one of its U.S. plants as surging oil prices and the credit crisis squelch demand.

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Former Toyota Exec New Dana CEO

April 17, 2008 5:33 am | Comments

Automotive parts supplier has named retired Toyota Motor Corp. executive Gary Convis as its new CEO.

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Global Automakers See Chinese Market As Lifeboat

April 17, 2008 5:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

With auto sales forecast to rise by 15 percent this year, global automakers hope that booming China will drive sales as demand elsewhere slumps.

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