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The Associated Press
Thursday, January 4, 2007; 6:28 AM

-- The top business news from The Associated Press for the morning of Thursday, January 4, 2007:

Britain Debates Key Globalization Puzzle

LONDON (AP) _ Headlines ahead of the New Year portrayed a country of job seeking-Britons brushed aside by Bulgarians and overrun by Romanians. "See EU soon," wrote the Sun. "You can't stop us coming," portended the Daily Mail _ two newspapers that have made fretting about immigration and its effect on Britain a mission.

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Ford CEO Cancels Order for Lexus

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ Ford CEO Alan Mulally said he respects Toyota and its luxury brand, but that he canceled his order for a Lexus after taking the top job at the U.S. automaker. He said traveled to Japan last month to meet with Toyota executives just to show his appreciation, and not in an effort to bring the companies any closer. Mulally, who took over at the nation's No. 2 automaker last year, said Wednesday he deeply admires the Japanese automaker for its manufacturing processes and product development strategy.

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Jeff Bezos Shows Off Spacecraft Test

HOUSTON (AP) _ Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is asking engineers to join his fledgling and secretive private aerospace business, breaking a long silence about his operation in a remote section of West Texas by posting photos and videos on the company's Web site of a test launch of a reusable spacecraft. "We're working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight so that many people can afford to go and so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system," Bezos said on the Web page of his space venture, Blue Origin. "Accomplishing this mission will take a long time, and we're working on it methodically."

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Ads Ask Jewelers to Boycott Alaska Mine

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ An ad campaign launched this week is asking jewelers to boycott gold from a proposed open pit mine that many Alaska Natives fear will ruin their way of life. The campaign in National Jeweler, an industry newspaper, is designed to educate jewelers about the Pebble Mine project in the Bristol Bay watershed, home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world.


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