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MI Plant Source Of Six-Mile Groundwater Contamination

August 25, 2009 4:17 am

MANCELONA, Mich. (AP) — A six-mile-long plume of contaminated groundwater from a polluted northern Michigan factory site is threatening the Cedar River, one of two sources for the area's drinking water. "I would have to say this is one of the largest contaminations we've ever seen," Janice Adams, a senior geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, told The Detroit News for a Monday story.

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Jury Finds DuPont Negligent In Herbicide Misuse

August 25, 2009 4:06 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal jury has found the Bureau of Land Management and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. negligent in the use of an herbicide blamed for damaging thousands of acres of crops across a broad swath of southern Idaho. The jury found the BLM negligent in its decision to use of the powerful herbicide Oust to control invasive weeds on public lands burned by wildfires in 1999 and 2000.

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Worker Badly Burned At AK Steel's Ohio Plant

August 24, 2009 12:01 pm

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Fire and union officials say a worker has been badly burned at AK Steel's Middletown Works coke plant in southwest Ohio. Middletown Fire Capt. David Adams says the man was performing maintenance work Monday when he slipped into what the company says is a condensation pit where hot water collects at the plant.

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WI Man Pleads Guilty In Meatpacking Plant Fire

August 24, 2009 11:52 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of two brothers accused of sparking a $50 million fire at a Milwaukee-area meatpacking plant with a military-grade flare has pleaded guilty to related charges. Twenty-three-year-old Joshua J. Popp pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

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Toyota Recalls Over-Lubricated Windows On 690,000 Cars

August 24, 2009 4:52 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 690,000 of its China-made vehicles after finding problems with their electric window controls, China's quality watchdog says. The recall involves 407,503 Camry and Yaris passenger cars made by Toyota's joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group.

Raytheon Guides Home $54.4M Air Force Contract

August 24, 2009 4:34 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unit of Raytheon Co. received a $54.4 million contract from the Air Force to provide 266 guidance and control sections for the Maverick missile, the Pentagon said late Friday. Shares of the Waltham, Mass.-based company added $1.27, or 2.7 percent, to close at $48.22.

Boeing Lands 1.16B C-17 Contract

August 24, 2009 4:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co. received a nearly $1.16 billion contract boost for the C-17, a large military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said late Friday. The deal will provide for program management, logistics, depot level aircraft maintenance and more for the C-17.

Conocuts Cause Midnight Blaze

August 24, 2009 4:29 am

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Mallo Cups and Smoothies won't be rolling off the Boyer Candy Co.'s production lines for a few days because of a machine fire at the plant in central Pennsylvania. Plant supervisor Gary Himes says a coconut roasting machine caught fire about 12:25 a.m. Monday. The fire was quickly brought under control and nobody was hurt as seven employees got out of the plant safely.

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Malawi Child Workers With 2 Pack A Day Habit

August 24, 2009 4:25 am | by Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press Writer

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Children picking tobacco in the fields of Malawi for consumers far beyond the African country's borders are being poisoned as they absorb up to two cigarette packs' worth of nicotine each day, a children's rights organization said Monday, The "extremely high levels of nicotine poisoning" produces not only nausea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms but "long-lasting changes in brain structure and function," London-based Plan International said in a report.

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WI Officials Battle Mercury Marine Non-Union Threats

August 24, 2009 4:16 am

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Wisconsin were working to keep Mercury Marine from moving its manufacturing operations to Oklahoma after union workers rejected a package of wage and benefit concessions the boat engine maker said was necessary. Leaders of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 1947 did not release the tally from Sunday's vote but said it was "overwhelming" to reject what Mercury Marine called its final offer.

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Russian Plant Deemed Unsafe In 1998, Infrastructure Failing

August 21, 2009 9:03 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities were reportedly warned back in 1998 that Siberia's massive Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant had fallen into serious neglect and was unsafe. On Friday, 47 people were confirmed dead and dozens were still missing after an explosion Monday at the plant — an accident that has revealed the dangers of Russia's creaking infrastructure.

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MN Ethanol Plant Fined For Lake Dumping

August 21, 2009 8:26 am

WINNEBAGO, Minn. (AP) — Owners of an ethanol plant in Winnebago have agreed to pay a $100,000 fine after pleading guilty to a federal charge of violating the Clean Water Act. Corn Plus also agreed to make a $50,000 contribution to benefit Rice Lake. Federal and state pollution officials charged the company Aug.

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Chrysler Workers Wait For Answers From Italy

August 21, 2009 4:56 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) — At a Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio, workers fear that Chrysler's new Italian management will scrap one of the two models they make, costing some of them their jobs. The same anxiety is felt at Chrysler Group LLC plants around the country as Fiat SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne, who now controls the company, readies a new plan that will include cutting redundant models and adding smaller Fiats to the lineup.

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PA Gov. Fights to Keep Harley from Relocating

August 21, 2009 4:21 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Harley-Davidson Inc. is reportedly considering Kansas City and three other towns for a new assembly plant. The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site that company officials met with city and economic development leaders Thursday about locating a second plant near the existing Harley plant north of town.

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Chinese Smelter 500 Yards From Schools Poisons 1,300

August 21, 2009 4:13 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING (AP) — China has detained two factory officials after 1,300 children were poisoned by pollution from a manganese processing plant, days after emissions from a lead smelter in another province sickened hundreds. Both cases have sparked unrest and come amid growing anger in China over public safety scandals in which children have been the main victims.

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Toyota Increases Production At Multiple US Plants

August 21, 2009 3:56 am

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) — Toyota said Friday that it will boost capacity at its engine plant in Huntsville, Ala., to allow it to produce four-cylinder engines for two additional North American assembly plants. The expansion will allow the Alabama plant to produce 216,000 four-cylinder engines annually.

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Workplace Suicides Surge 28 Percent

August 20, 2009 11:40 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Workplace suicides surged 28 percent last year, the Labor Department said Thursday, as experts said anxious workers watched colleagues depart in a rash of layoffs and faced survivor's guilt. At the same time, the agency's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the total number of workers who died on the job from any cause fell by 10 percent.

Cash For Clunkers To End Monday

August 20, 2009 11:32 am | by Stephen Manning, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's revived business at car dealerships, taken gas-guzzlers off the road and given a badly needed boost to struggling auto factories. By many measures, the government's Cash for Clunkers program has been a success. Yet as it winds down, there is another lasting image: the hasty planning and troubled execution that nearly derailed the program early on and, lately, has led some frustrated dealers to drop out amid long waits for the government money.

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ND Burns Off 1/3 Natural Gas Supply

August 20, 2009 10:12 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press Writer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Enough natural gas to heat every home in North Dakota through at least two brutal winters was burned off as an unmarketable byproduct in the state's oil patch in 2008, records obtained by The Associated Press show. North Dakota produced a record 62.8 million barrels of oil last year, up nearly 18 million barrels from 2007.

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Porsche Ex-CEO Investigated For Market Manipulation

August 20, 2009 8:01 am

FRANKFURT (AP) — Porsche SE ex-chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and his former finance chief are under investigation in a probe that involves suspicions of market manipulation. Company spokesman Frank Gaube on Thursday confirmed German media reports that Wiedeking and ex-CFO Holger Haerter are being investigated by Stuttgart prosecutors in connection with the company's unsuccessful attempt to acquire larger automaker Volkswagen AG.

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