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Exelixis Cuts 270 Biotechnology Jobs

March 9, 2010 3:41 am

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology company Exelixis Inc. plans to eliminate about 270 jobs, or around 40 percent of its staff, as it tries to save money and continue development of cancer drugs with Sanofi-Aventis SA and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. After the market closed on Monday, Exelixis said it will cut jobs and restructure its business to focus on its most advanced drugs.

EU Warns U.S. Of Boeing-Over-Northrop Protectionism

March 9, 2010 3:39 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU on Tuesday warned the United States against protectionism after a European-led consortium pulled out of the bidding for an Air Force contract, saying the terms had been altered to favor a U.S. company. EADS, the parent company of Airbus, had partnered with Northrop Grumman to vie for the tanker project, but their consortium pulled out on Monday.

Miss. Officials Disgusted Over Loss Of Tanker Contract

March 9, 2010 3:38 am

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials expressed both disappointment and disgust with a Pentagon process that prompted Northrop Grumman Corp. to drop out of the competition for an Air Force refueling tanker contract. The Northrop proposal had set off a celebration along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Mobile, Ala.

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Brazil Punishes U.S. With Tariffs On Cars, Ketchup

March 8, 2010 6:57 am | by Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press Writer

GENEVA (AP) — Affecting products from Ford automobiles to Heinz ketchup, Brazil announced Monday a range of sanctions against American goods in retaliation for the United States' failure to eliminate billions in illegal cotton subsidies. The higher tariffs affecting dozens of products from fresh fruit to sunglasses comes after the World Trade Organization authorized Brazil last year to set $829.

Consumers, Business Locked In Spending Stalemate

March 8, 2010 4:09 am | by Christopher Leonard, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — To understand why jobs are so scarce, consider John McFarland and Nicole Rosen. The two share something in common: They're reluctant to spend freely. McFarland is CEO of Baldor Electric Co. in Fort Smith, Ark.; Rosen is a consumer in Washington state. Each is earning and saving money.

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Ex-GM Workers Hope Documentary Will Reveal Hardship

March 8, 2010 3:46 am

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Four displaced autoworkers invited to the Academy Awards hope a documentary that chronicled the closing of their General Motors factory will draw attention to the plight of the jobless. The HBO film "The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" was nominated for best documentary short.

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As GM Exits, V-Vehicle Poised To Take Over Louisana

March 8, 2010 3:33 am | by Alan Sayre, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has reached a crossroad in its quest to catch up with other Southeast states in the automobile manufacturing business: one of its companies is on the way out, while the other is waiting to get started — both with the help of Washington, D.C. On the way out is General Motors Co.

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Boeing Unexpectedly Cancels Evergreen's 787 Contract

March 8, 2010 3:31 am

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Officials at Evergreen International Aviation Inc. are shocked and disappointed to lose a contract to operate Boeing Co.'s "Dreamlifter" super freighters, the chairman of the McMinnville-based aviation services company said. The converted 747 jumbo jets fly components for Boeing's new 787 jetliners to its assembly plant in Everett, Wash.

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Ohio Missed Out On Solar Revolution, Thousands Of Jobs

March 8, 2010 3:27 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has missed out on thousands of manufacturing jobs in the solar industry because it was slow to phase out certain taxes and make other adjustments to lure factories, a newspaper reported Sunday. Industry analysts say Ohio is fighting both the perception and reality of having a noncompetitive tax structure compared with other states.

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The 'Lethal Weapon' Against Hugo Boss Layoffs

March 8, 2010 3:25 am

CLEVELAND (AP) — Actor and activist Danny Glover is calling on Academy Awards nominees and others in the film industry to not wear Hugo Boss suits at Sunday's awards ceremony. The "Lethal Weapon" star, in collaboration with the Workers United labor union, made the request in a letter on behalf of 375 Cleveland-area factory workers who'll lose their jobs if the German company closes the plant at the end of next month as planned.

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Fire Shuts Down IN Tyson Facility

March 5, 2010 9:42 am

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. suspended operations at a pork processing plant in northern Indiana after a fire damaged the facility. No injuries were reported from the Friday morning fire, which authorities say forced about 1,000 workers from the Logansport plant. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says the fire involved part of the roof over the plant's slaughter area.

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GE CEO Turns Down Bonus For Second Straight Year

March 5, 2010 9:36 am

STEPHEN MANNING, AP Business Writer General Electric Co. said Friday that Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt did not receive 2009 bonus, the second straight year he gave up extra pay as the industrial and financial conglomerate struggled with one of its worst years on record. GE's board of directors agreed to Immelt's request not to grant him a bonus even though it concluded he had performed well during a brutal year for the company, according a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Lawmaker: Investigate Deaths Linked To Chinese Drywall

March 5, 2010 3:48 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Sen. David Vitter has called for federal officials to do a more thorough review of the deaths of several people who lived in homes that contained smelly, possibly toxic Chinese drywall. Federal officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission said they have investigated and found no link between the drywall and the deaths of eight people.

Commercial Metals Closes Nev. Plant, Cuts 100 Jobs

March 5, 2010 3:36 am

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — Commercial Metals Co. is closing its Fallon plant, and scores of employees will lose their jobs. Officials for the Irving, Texas-based company are blaming the sluggish economy for the closure set for April 29. But they declined to release the number of affected employees.

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Lawsuit Reveals Details In Deadly Refinery Blast

March 5, 2010 3:32 am | by Tim Korte, Associated Press Writer

A survivor of a deadly explosion and fire at a southeastern New Mexico oil refinery has filed a lawsuit, saying the cause was a welding accident and that the plant operator failed to follow safety procedures. Juan Carlos Hermosillo, also known as Elias Aleman, remained hospitalized Thursday with injuries from Tuesday's explosion at Navajo Refinery in Artesia, N.

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Pratt & Whitney Demands Quick Decision On Jobs Appeal

March 5, 2010 3:31 am

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pratt & Whitney asked a federal appeals court Thursday to act quickly on the jet engine maker's request to overturn a judge's ruling that blocks the company from moving 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut. In a request to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Pratt & Whitney said a decision is needed soon to avoid financial harm because the company plans to shut two Connecticut plants immediately after its union contract expires in December.

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Toyota President Ushers In 'New Beginning'

March 5, 2010 3:29 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota President Akio Toyoda urged thousands of his employees Friday to work toward a new start and win back customer trust following safety lapses that have battered the world's biggest carmaker. "Let's go with high spirits, have fun and be confident while staying humble," Toyoda, choking up and wearing a gray workman's jacket, told 2,000 workers packed into the company's headquarters.

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Wyoming Senate Kills Worker Safety Bill

March 4, 2010 9:11 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press Writer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would have increased employer penalties for workplace safety violations has died in the Wyoming State Senate. House Bill 93 had come out of a worker safety task force Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed last year to address the state's chronically high worker fatality rate, particularly in the energy industry.

CSB Releases 7 Guidelines To Reduce Workplace Explosions

March 4, 2010 7:30 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press Write

r MILWAUKEE (AP) — There was no reason to think the storage tank was unsafe. All it contained was recycled water and organic waste. So when a damaged part needed repair, three workers approached the top of the 80-foot-tall tank on a catwalk and one worker began welding. Moments later an explosion tore through the massive tank.

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Puerto Rican Hand Sanitizer Contaminated With Bacteria

March 4, 2010 5:21 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers in Puerto Rico that two locally produced hand sanitizers contain high levels of bacteria. The agency says "Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer" with Aloe Vera and "MD Quality Hand Sanitizer" are distributed only in the U.

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