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Airbus Tops Boeing At Farnborough Air Show

July 17, 2008 6:34 am | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

European plane maker emerged as the clear winner, after racking up plane orders that dwarf the deals done by U.S. rival Boeing Co.

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U.S. Issues New Rule On Airplane Fuel Tanks

July 17, 2008 6:30 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Device to prevent airplane fuel tanks from exploding must be installed on certain passenger jets and cargo planes, federal officials said.

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Truck Plant In Canada Cutting 720 Jobs

July 17, 2008 6:05 am | Comments

Sterling Trucks eliminating one shift and laying off another 720 workers as it joins the growing ranks of companies being squeezed by an economic slowdown in the U.S.

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Arkansas Aluminum Firm No Longer Public Company

July 17, 2008 5:55 am | Comments

Aluminum die-casting firm bought by a publicly traded company in 1996 has returned to private hands under its former name, Pace Industries Inc.

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Volkswagen Plant Validates Tennessee Town

July 17, 2008 5:54 am | by Bill Poovey, Associated Press Writer | Comments

When VW said yes to Chattanooga, the city that had shed its reputation for dirty air forgot years of frustrating rejections by automakers.

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Oil Prices Continue To Slide

July 17, 2008 5:50 am | by George Jahn, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Crude prices fell for a third consecutive day on Thursday amid evidence that the high cost of oil and gasoline was slowing U.S. demand.

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GAO: Armored Vehicles Could Become Costly

July 17, 2008 5:45 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer | Comments

Military’s accelerated pace to buy and deploy thousands of heavily armored mine resistant vehicles could lead to problems with maintenance and cost overruns.

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Feds Want Stronger English Law For Truckers

July 17, 2008 5:43 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Government, citing safety reasons, is trying to tighten the law requiring anyone with a commercial drivers license to speak English well enough to talk with police.

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Automakers Offer Hybrids To NYC Cab Fleet

July 17, 2008 5:28 am | by Sara Kugler, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Three major auto manufacturers are promising to reserve 300 new hybrid vehicles each month exclusively for the city as it replaces its entire fleet of yellow cabs.

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GE Healthcare Unit Names New CEO

July 17, 2008 5:25 am | Comments

John Dineen to become President and Chief Executive of GE’s Healthcare business, after the unit's previous leader accepted a post with electrical engineering company ABB.

Survey: Gas Prices Forcing Consumers To Cut Back

July 17, 2008 5:20 am | Comments

Nearly 63 percent of consumers are cutting spending because of high gas prices, up 18 percentage points from a year ago, a Nielsen survey shows.

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China: Inflation Falls To 7.1 Percent In June

July 17, 2008 5:19 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Inflation rate fell but is still 'fairly high' and China faces pressure for more price rises due to high costs for energy, grain and industrial materials, the government said.

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Dana Plant In Kentucky To Lay Off 260

July 17, 2008 5:15 am | Comments

Hundreds of workers at a central Kentucky plant will be laid off as a result of a delay in Ford's launch of its new F-150 truck.

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VW Gets Green Light For Scania Deal

July 17, 2008 5:14 am | Comments

Automaker has completed the process of getting antitrust approval for its plan to take a majority voting stake in Swedish truck maker Scania AB.

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GM To Market Chinese-Made Minivans In Peru

July 17, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

One of GM's Chinese joint ventures has begun exporting Chevrolet minivans to Peru, adding to global automakers' growing vehicle exports from China.

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Illegal Immigrants In Limbo After Meatpacking Plant Raid

July 17, 2008 5:10 am | Comments

Dozens of illegal immigrants released after a meatpacking plant raid in Postville, Iowa, must wear tracking devices on their ankles and cannot leave the state.

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GM To Cut Back On NASCAR Spending

July 17, 2008 5:06 am | by Mike Harris, AP Auto Racing Writer | Comments

Troubled automaker notified two racetracks that run NASCAR events that their current contracts will not be renewed as part of a $10 billion cost-cutting program.

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Airbus Soars Ahead Of Boeing At Air Show

July 16, 2008 1:52 pm | by Jane Wardell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chicago-based Boeing is expected to add to its current tally of 152 orders, but still lags behind the 241 firm deals of its European rival Airbus.

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GM's Future Depends On Winning Over Car Buyers

July 16, 2008 1:10 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Writer | Comments

Company’s survival now hinges on the difficult task of convincing buyers that its upgraded cars are just as good as its trucks and worth some extra cash.

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Sierra Club, Clorox Deal Sparks Feud

July 16, 2008 1:00 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Environmental group has agreed to promote a new line of eco-friendly Clorox products in exchange for a share of the profits, but some Sierra Club chapters are crying foul.

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