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Productivity Up 6.6 Percent As Companies Cut Costs

September 2, 2009 4:37 am | Comments

MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer - September 2, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) - Worker productivity grew at the fastest pace in nearly six years in the spring while labor costs fell by the most in nine years, as companies slashed costs to survive the recession.

DOE Selects Biofuels Projects To Receive $21M

September 1, 2009 12:53 pm | Comments

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels production.

State: Dow Dioxin Contamination Not Dangerous

September 1, 2009 12:45 pm | Comments

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - State officials say there's no longer a public health hazard in a Saginaw residential area that had been contaminated with dioxin from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.

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Snack Food Maker Increases Output 30 Percent

September 1, 2009 5:53 am | Comments

It was while watching an episode of the Food Network's “Emeril Live” that James Chan, owner and founder of the Hawaiian Chip Company (Honolulu, Hawaii), was inspired to launch his own business.

United Steelworkers Calls For Acid Phase-Out

September 1, 2009 5:27 am | Comments

The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that it is calling for the nationwide phase-out of hydrogen fluoride alkylation units.

EPA Clears Army Chemical Weapons Plant

September 1, 2009 5:11 am | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) - An Army chemical weapons disposal plant that handled nerve gas and other deadly agents has been properly cleaned and closed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.

Cap-And-Trade Splits U.S. Agriculture

September 1, 2009 4:49 am | Comments

MARGERY A. GIBBS Associated Press Writer - September 1, 2009 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Legislation to confront climate change could be an economic godsend to farmers and ranchers. Or it could be an enormous financial burden.

China To Limit Rare Earth Exports

September 1, 2009 4:35 am | Comments

JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer - September 1, 2009 BEIJING (AP) - Beijing plans to curb exports of rare earths, exotic metals used in computers and clean-energy products and of which China is the only major supplier, according to Chinese news reports.

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P & G Sponsors U.S. Olympic Team

September 1, 2009 4:18 am | Comments

DAN SEWELL AP Business Writer - September 1, 2009 CINCINNATI (AP) - The Procter & Gamble Co., the world's largest advertiser, has signed on to be a major sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Teams for the upcoming winter and summer games.

Monsanto Closes $160M Sale Of Sunflower Business

August 31, 2009 12:51 pm | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) - Seed maker Monsanto Co. said Monday it completed the $160 million sale of its hybrid sunflower assets to Syngenta AG. Syngenta, a Swiss agribusiness company, agreed to buy the unit on Aug. 6.

Newspaper Solar Cells

August 31, 2009 5:52 am | Comments

By Daniel J. Vargas Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle “inks” that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.

More Mass Lead Poisoning Of Kids In China

August 31, 2009 5:51 am | Comments

By Gillian Wong Associated Press Writer - August 31, 2009 BEIJING (AP) - Two hundred children are suffering from lead poisoning in southwest China, the country's third such case of mass sickening in the past month, an official newspaper said Monday.

Chief: Fire At Detroit Plant Appears 'Accidental'

August 31, 2009 4:59 am | Comments

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - An official says the cause of a fire at a chemical plant that forced the temporary evacuation of hundreds of people and sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above Detroit is still unknown, but it appears to be accidental.

Analyst: Demand For Fertilizers Will Drop

August 31, 2009 4:51 am | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) - A near-record corn crop is going to cut demand for fertilizers, said a UBS analyst Friday as he downgraded two fertilizer companies, just as the government sees U.S. farmers' incomes dropping.

4 Injured In Fire At Pharmaceutical Plant

August 31, 2009 4:41 am | Comments

VANDALIA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say four workers were injured in a flash fire at a specialty pharmaceutical company in southwest Ohio. The workers at Eurand America Inc. in Vandalia were taken to Miami Valley Hospital on Friday afternoon with facial and leg burns.

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