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Newsprint Plant Still Running Despite Steep Declines

December 1, 2009 3:59 am | by Ruth Jensen

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — The AbitibiBowater newsprint plant in Grenada now employs 181 people — its lowest number on record — but Manager Wade Taylor says they "have been willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the plant going." Newsprint sales have been shrinking over the years, and this year was difficult, Taylor said.

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Sharp Showcases New LCD Plant, 'Mother Glass'

December 1, 2009 3:50 am

SAKAI, Japan (AP) — Huge sheets of glass are guided by robotic arms, sliding and turning in a towering germ-free plant, the world's first making giant "10th generation" panels for flat screen TVs. Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp.'s futuristic-looking plant doesn't have a single worker on the floor.

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Boeing Completes 'Important Milestone' In 787 Hoopla

December 1, 2009 3:43 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Boeing Co. has completed a key test of the long-expected 787 jetliner, which an analyst called an "important sign of progress" Tuesday. The Chicago-based aerospace giant said Monday it completed the test, five months after it delayed the first test flight and said it needed to reinforce small areas near the connection of the wings and fuselage.

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Mysterious Slaughterhouse Illness? Pig Brain Mist

December 1, 2009 3:34 am | by Chris Williams, Associated Press Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors at the Mayo Clinic and government public health experts have confirmed the mysterious illnesses in 24 slaughterhouse workers in Minnesota and Indiana from 2006 to 2008 was caused by an autoimmune response to a mist of pig brain tissue. Their article was published Monday in the British medical journal Lancet Neurology.

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Nokia Sues Bevy Of LCD Makers For Price Fixing

December 1, 2009 3:20 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press Writer

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp., the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said Tuesday it has filed suits against several leading liquid crystal display makers — including Philips, Toshiba, Sharp and Samsung — for alleged price fixing. Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said the suits — filed last month in the United States and Britain — came amid international criminal investigations in the U.

The Real 'Twelve Days' Cost Of Christmas: $87,403

November 30, 2009 4:04 am | by Dan Nephin, Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Making one's true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year, a minuscule increase from last year, according to the latest cost analysis of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." That's the grand total for the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" compiled by PNC Wealth Management.

Employers Play Dr. Mom Over Swine Flu Threats

November 30, 2009 4:00 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Big businesses are spending serious time and money trying to limit the swine flu pandemic's impact on operations, from bankrolling video on good hygiene to training employees to cover for co-workers with critical jobs. Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Hyundai's Montgomery Plant Reaches Milestone

November 30, 2009 3:53 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A white Sonata getting the finishing touches at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama is the 1 millionth vehicle produced at the plant. The vehicle was at the center of attention from plant officials and the company's supply chain as it headed for completion on Monday.

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German Workers Fight Against Mercedes Move To U.S.

November 30, 2009 3:49 am

FRANKFURT (AP) — About 10,000 workers at German carmaker Daimler AG's Sindelfingen plant gathered Monday to ask management not to send production of its C-Class Mercedes cars to the U.S., a move the company is considering to take advantage of lower production costs and to avoid currency fluctuations.

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Caterpillar Expands Operations To S. Korea With Acquisition

November 30, 2009 3:35 am

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. said Monday it plans to buy a subsidiary of a South Korean manufacturer of components for earthmoving and other machinery. The world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment says it will acquire JCS Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Jinsung T.

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India Still Reeling From Bhopal Industrial Accident

November 30, 2009 3:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press Writer

BHOPAL, India (AP) — Hazra Bi wishes she could forget. But her damaged family is a living reminder of that December night 25 years ago when lethal gas leaked from a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, in the worst industrial disaster the world has ever seen. The gas that swept through her poor neighborhood left her nearly blind in one eye, menopausal at 36, with searing headaches and breathlessness.

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Automakers Up MPG Ratings, But Only Slightly

November 20, 2009 10:07 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fleet of new cars and trucks sold to U.S. consumers averaged 21 miles per gallon in the 2008 model year, a modest increase over the previous year, the Environmental Protection Agency reported Friday. New vehicle fuel efficiency improved 2 percent in 2008 from 20.

Wisconsin To Symbolize Choppers And Cheese

November 20, 2009 9:56 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Choppers and cheese may soon become official Wisconsin symbols. Bills to honor Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Lactococcus lactis — a bacterium used in the making of cheese — with the state symbol designation were introduced in the Legislature last week.

NASA Learns The Ways Of Social Networking

November 20, 2009 8:13 am

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA launched a social media experience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that quickly turned into an unprecedented world-wide event as more than 100 Twitter users got a unique look inside America's space program and front row seats to the Nov.

Frivolous Lawsuit Of The Week: Ex-Smoker Nets $300m

November 20, 2009 4:09 am

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a former smoker in South Florida are speaking out about the woman's $300 million verdict against Philip Morris USA. A jury on Thursday ordered Philip Morris to pay 61-year-old Cindy Naugle what is believed to be the largest award to date among thousands of lawsuits filed in the state against tobacco companies.

Boeing Breaks Ground On $750m S.C. Plant

November 20, 2009 3:55 am

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing is breaking ground in South Carolina on a $750 million aircraft assembly plant — the largest industrial investment in state history. Officials gather Friday at the site near the Charleston International Airport where Boeing will assemble its 787 jetliners.

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Alcoa Idles Italian Smelter Due To Pricey Energy

November 20, 2009 3:53 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. said Thursday it will temporarily idle production at its two smelters in Italy, affecting about 2,000 workers, after a decision by the European Union left the company's ability to secure electricity for the plants at low rates uncertain. Italy for 10 years gave energy-intensive industries a break on power prices.

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Analyst: Auto Sales Could Top 10 Million

November 20, 2009 3:44 am

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales could top an annual rate of 10.8 million in November, General Motors Co.'s top sales analyst said Thursday. That would mark the first month this year that sales jumped to such levels without the aid of Cash for Clunkers rebates, which boosted sales in July and August.

Cause Of Massive WY Oil Spill A Known Issue

November 20, 2009 3:35 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press Writer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A storage tank roof that sank at a Sinclair Oil refinery earlier this year and caused Wyoming's biggest spill in decades wasn't unprecedented: A storage tank roof also sank at the refinery in 2007. Leaks in the pontoons holding up the floating roofs occurred before both incidents.

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Harley Unlikely To Land In Kentucky, Says Governor

November 20, 2009 3:28 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has expressed doubt that Kentucky will land a Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant. The governor released a statement Thursday saying the potential for pulling off a deal with the company is "significantly diminished." The company has been looking at a site in Shelbyville for a motorcycle plant that employs 2,500 people.

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