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* Boeing Co., responding to what it sees as improving world economic conditions, said it would offer a cargo version of its long-range, twin-engine 777 airplane beginning in late 2008. It also said it already had interest from several customers.

* Chiron Corp. asked British regulators to inspect its facility producing an experimental bird flu vaccine to make sure it doesn’t run into the same contamination problems that forced the closing of another plant and created a flu-shot crisis in the United States.

* Applied Micro Circuits Corp., a San Diego maker of chips used in data networking and storage equipment, said it would cut 20% of its workforce, or 150 jobs, and close some facilities.

* ATA, the nation’s 11th-largest airline, received Bankruptcy Court approval of a $15.5-million state bailout. The Indiana Transportation Finance Authority would borrow the money to buy equipment and other ATA assets and lease them to Indianapolis International Airport, which in turn would lease them back to ATA.

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* Maxtor Corp. of Milpitas, Calif., said Chief Executive Paul J. Tufano resigned and would be succeeded by C.S. Park, the company’s chairman.


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