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Electrolux Building Vacuums Out Of Pacific Ocean Trash

October 27, 2010 4:46 am | by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU (AP) — There's a story behind the blue, white and green plastic covering the surface of the Pacific Ocean vacuum cleaner. They're tiny bits of plastic collected from one of Hawaii's dirtiest beaches, Kahuku, where waves dump trash from the Pacific all day long. The machine made by Electrolux AB is fully functional and can suck up dirt from a rug like any other vacuum.

Tornado Tears Roof Off Wis. Manufacturing Plant

October 27, 2010 4:44 am

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) — It's another day off for production workers at the Case plant in Racine County. A tornado tore a section of the roof off the plant in Mount Pleasant Tuesday, sending workers scrambling for cover. Two employees suffered minor injuries. Case spokesman Duane Nelson says the temporary shutdown includes all three plant functions; manufacturing, the North American parts operation and service training.

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GlaxoSmithKline Pays $750 Million For Adulterated Drugs

October 27, 2010 4:41 am | by Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC will pay $750 million to settle allegations that it knowingly manufactured and sold adulterated drugs, including the popular antidepressant Paxil, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Tuesday that the London-based company will pay $150 million in criminal fines and $600 million in civil penalties related to faulty manufacturing processes at its plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico.

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Wash. Bans 59 Chemicals In Children's Toys

October 27, 2010 4:41 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Johnson & Johnson, Mattel Inc. and other manufacturers of children's products would be required to report whether toys, cosmetics, jewelry, apparel and other items contain certain harmful chemicals, under new rules proposed by Washington state. Officials have come up with a list of 59 chemicals that would trigger reporting to the state.

Manufacturers See Increase In Orders During September

October 27, 2010 4:37 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge in demand for commercial aircraft lifted orders for big-ticket manufacturedgoods in September, but business spending that signals expansion plans weakened. The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods rose 3.3 percent last month. Overall, it was the best showing since January.

U.S. Pushes China On Helping With Tainted Drywall

October 26, 2010 4:44 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

SHANGHAI (AP) — The U.S. is hoping China will help persuade its manufacturers of tainted drywall to cooperate in helping homeowners fix their homes, the chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission said Tuesday. Inez Tenenbaum, in Shanghai for meetings with her Chinese and European counterparts, said she was encouraged by the response of product safety officials in China but needs help from the country's trade ministry in convincing makers of the drywall to meet with the U.

Semis And Pickups Get Strict Emission Standards

October 26, 2010 4:31 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Future generations of semi-trucks, school buses and large pickups will need to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency rules for trucks announced Monday by the Obama administration. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department released proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year.

OSHA Fines Ammo Manufacturer $1.2M For Deadly Explosion

October 26, 2010 4:10 am | by Holly Ramer, Associated Press Writer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal labor officials on Monday proposed fining a gun and ammunition manufacturer $1.2 million, saying that two men who died in an explosion at its northern New Hampshire plant weren't properly trained and had been feeding explosive powder into equipment by hand.

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Ford Beats Expectations, Ready To Hire And Invest

October 26, 2010 4:08 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 68 percent as it grabbed a bigger share of the U.S. auto market and buyers paid more for its highly-rated cars and trucks. It was Ford's sixth straight quarterly profit and the company's best third-quarter performance since at least 1990.

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Feds Raid Home Of Ex-Raytheon Missile Systems Expert

October 26, 2010 4:07 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday searched and removed materials from a suburban Boston home owned by a missile systems expert who worked for the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon. The home is owned by Richard M. Lloyd, the former Raytheon Co. employee, and Lori Lloyd, public records show.

U.S. Steel Posts $51 Million Loss On Slow Demand

October 26, 2010 4:05 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Steel said Tuesday it continues to lose money because demand for its products remains weak due to the uneven global economic recovery. The Pittsburgh manufacturing giant reported a third-quarter loss of $51 million. In late July the company was predicting a profit for the quarter, but it tempered that outlook as the period progressed.

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Fiat: We'd Be Better Off Without Italy's Unions

October 25, 2010 5:16 am | by Alessandra Rizzo, Associated Press Writer

ROME (AP) — Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne says the tradition-laden Italian automaker would be better off without Italy and its balky unions, provoking an angry reaction Monday from some labor and government officials. Fiat has been in tense negotiations with unions over its plan to shut down a factory in Sicily next year.

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Japan, India Sign Agreement To Boost Trade

October 25, 2010 5:00 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of India and Japan signed a sweeping agreement Monday to boost trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal — despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the conclusion of nearly 4-year negotiations on the economic partnership agreement a "historic achievement.

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Toyota Only Japanese Automaker To See Production Drops

October 25, 2010 4:55 am

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's global production fell in September for the first time in a year, while rivals Honda and Nissan increased output thanks to strong demand in China. Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its worldwide production dropped 1.3 percent to 672,604 vehicles, marking the first year-on-year decrease in 12 months.

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Ford's 3Q Profits Might Slip On Higher Costs

October 25, 2010 4:48 am

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is set to report its third-quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ford is expected to report its sixth straight quarterly profit. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has made the biggest U.S. market share gains of any automaker this year.

Intel To Open New Oregon Manufacturing Plant

October 25, 2010 4:43 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The new planned Intel Corp. research facility in Hillsboro will provide jobs to hard-hit sectors of Oregon's labor force at a time when they are direly needed. The Oregonian reports construction workers, carpenters and engineers can expect to see new jobs in the Portland metro area — good news with Oregon's 10.

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Man Accused Of Two Ohio Plant Murders On $3 Million Bond

October 25, 2010 4:41 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has set bond at $3 million for a man accused of gunning down two people at an Ohio manufacturing plant. Wearing handcuffs and assisted by a translator, 50-year-old Pedro Rodriguez appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Monday. He's charged with two counts of aggravated murder in Friday's shooting at ParkOhio Products Inc.

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Pratt & Whitney, Machinists Gear Up For The 'Big Fight'

October 25, 2010 4:39 am

by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A continuing battle between jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney and the machinists union over jobs now moves to the bargaining table. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the union begin negotiations Tuesday for a contract to replace a three-year agreement that expires Dec.

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Italian Paper Company To Open Racine, Wis. Plant

October 22, 2010 4:11 am

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — An Italian paper and packaging company is opening its first North American headquarters in Racine with a promise to create 189 new jobs. The Journal Times in Racine reports Thursday that Seda International Packaging Group says it will invest $76 million in its Racine operation.

China's Dairy Producers Abuse Tainted Milk Scandal

October 22, 2010 4:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Rumors on the Web that a major Chinese dairy company's baby formula might harm infants played on the worst fears of jittery parents after a string of scandals over tainted milk. This week, China's biggest milk producer, Mengniu, announced that the rumors targeting rival dairy Yili in July were manufactured by a Mengniu manager in what it said was a bizarre plot to boost his sales.

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