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Biden and Chu Visit Cree

Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu plan to visit the headquarters and factory of Cree Inc. on Thursday. The Durham-based company has hired about 375 workers since last summer to design, produce and sell its energy-efficient lighting. The White House says boosting manufacturing in renewable and energy-efficiency technologies like Cree's light-emitting diodes will create jobs for products growing in demand as worldwide pressure builds to use fewer fuels blamed for global warming. Cree is getting $39 million to boost production of LEDs.  3/17 AP