AGCO Corp. honored for tractor design

DULUTH - AGCO Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment since 1990, recently earned the international 2007 Good Design Award for its Challenger MT900 tractor series.

The Good Design Awards are presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design to the world's most prestigious industrial design firms and manufacturers in more than 26 countries. The awards are given based on aesthetic criteria that measures innovation, appearance, quality, function and utility.

Stocks plunge worldwide amid pessimism over US stimulus plan

LONDON - Stocks fell sharply worldwide Monday following declines on Wall Street last week amid investor pessimism over the U.S. government's stimulus plan to prevent a recession.

U.S. markets were closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the downbeat mood from last week's market declines there circled through Europe, Asia and the Americas. Britain's benchmark FTSE-100 slumped 5.5 percent to 5,578.20, France's CAC-40 Index tumbled 6.8 percent to 4,744.15 and Germany's blue-chip DAX 30 plunged 7.2 percent to 6,790.19.

In Asia, India's benchmark stock index tumbled 7.4 percent, while Hong Kong's blue-chip Hang Seng index plummeted 5.5 percent to 23,818.86, its biggest percentage drop since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Thai Airways flight attendants object to steamy soap opera about cabin crews

BANGKOK, Thailand - A popular new Thai soap opera about love and infidelity in the high skies has angered Thai Airways flight attendants who demanded Monday that the show be canceled for casting their profession in an unrealistic and immoral light.

'The Air Hostess War,' which broadcast its first three episodes last week, has captivated viewers with a story line about a dashing, married pilot having an affair with one of his tall, slim flight attendants. Love triangles lead to fighting in the aisles and steamy sex scenes at stopover cities.

The Thai Airways International union issued a letter urging the Culture Ministry to order the show to be pulled from the air.