Procter & amp; Gamble addCarpetFlick to lineup
CINCINNATI -- Folks at Procter & amp; Gamble, which launches the latest Swiffer quick-cleaning product today, like to talk about making housecleaning "fun." While that can sound a little like Tom Sawyer persuading his friends they will like whitewashing a fence for him, the Swiffer line has had an impact on habits and perceptions about the household chore. The CarpetFlick, hitting stores six years after the original Swiffer Sweeper made its debut, is the seventh Swiffer product, joining the "wet jet" mop, the duster, and others in what's considered likely to eventually become a billion-dollar brand for P & amp;G.
Demand for coke spursbuilding of new plants
CLEVELAND -- Demand from the steel industry has triggered interest in the construction of new coke plants across the Midwest and Appalachia. The rush of activity reflects the changing economics of the global steel industry. It also highlights the latest coke-making technology, which is designed to reduce the risk of toxic air pollution, a problem that has dogged the industry for decades. Not only has the steel industry improved, but foreign sources of coke are drying up as China is using up its supply, making it profitable to build capacity in the United States. New plant construction may also be driven by older plants shutting down in the face of tougher pollution standards, said Lance Traves of Labyrinth Management Group, a Medina environmental consulting firm working on the Toledo project.
Former bank chief dies
PARIS -- Wim Duisenberg, the former European Central Bank chief who helped create the euro currency, was found dead Sunday in his swimming pool in southeastern France, officials said. He was 70. An autopsy showed Duisenberg had drowned after an unspecified cardiac problem, a regional prosecutor said. Duisenberg was the first head of the ECB, serving from 1998 to 2003. Having shepherded the euro through its introduction in 1999, he became known as the father of the 12-nation European common currency.
Pirates hawk Potter
BEIJING -- The wizards of China's thriving piracy industry have worked their magic again and produced a rush translation of the latest Harry Potter book. Though it's missing some paragraphs and gets a couple of facts wrong, an unauthorized Chinese version of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was on sale Sunday in Beijing, almost three months ahead of the planned October launch of the official Chinese-language edition. Impatient Chinese fans also have begun posting their own translations online. One reader was so upset about the ending he wrote his own and posted it online.
Vindicator wire services