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Two MAU job fairs coming next week

MAU Workforce Solutions will hold two job fairs next week, hiring for customer service representatives, machinery operators, welders and other positions.

Tuesday’s job fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Augusta, is meant to fill 100 customer service representative positions. Work hours would be from 2:30 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, with benefits. Two years of stable work history is required, along with a drug test and background check.

Wednesday’s job fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marion Hatcher Center in downtown Augusta, will fill immediate job openings for packers, forklift drivers, mechanical assemblers, stick welders, extrusion operators, MIG welders and positions in document control and quality control.

Dutch company rejects UPS bid

NEW YORK — United Parcel Service, the world’s largest package delivery company, said Friday that it is still in talks to acquire TNT Express even though the Dutch package delivery company rejected a $6.43 bil­lion bid.

If UPS were to buy TNT, it would significantly expand its business in Europe. TNT is Europe’s second-largest express delivery company.

UPS has said that while recession concerns reign in Europe, it’s still seeing steady growth in business there. It says growth might flatten in Europe this year amid debt concerns and continued economic struggles.

The TNT bid works out to about $11.84 a share, based on TNT’s 534.2 million outstanding shares.

Diet pill still faces doubts from FDA

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials say they still have safety concerns about an experimental diet pill from drugmaker Vivus Inc., as the company prepares to make a second attempt to convince experts of the drug’s safety next week.

Vivus is one of three small drugmakers racing to bring the first new prescription weight loss drug to the market in more than a decade. In the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has rejected pills from all three.

In documents posted online Friday, the FDA reiterated concerns about two safety issues that plagued the diet pill Qnexa the first time around: potential heart problems and birth defects in women who become pregnant while taking the drug.

Consumer prices see modest climb

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices rose modestly in January on higher costs for food, gas, rent and clothing. Economists downplayed the increase, saying inflation will likely ease in the coming months as prices for raw materials level off.

Separately, a gauge of future economic activity rose in January for the fourth month in a row, adding to evidence that the economy has strengthened in the new year.

The consumer price index increased 0.2 percent last month, after a flat reading in December, the Labor Department said Friday.


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