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Car Industry Body Voices Strong Concern Over Takata Airbag Recall

May 21, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese carmakers will work together closely to deal with Takata Corp.'s air bag problems, as the number of recalls has expanded both in Japan and the United States.


Lumber Liquidators CEO Quits, Catching Company Off Guard

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press

Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.


Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Up, but From Very Low Level

May 21, 2015 9:33 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.


Hershey to Display Upgraded Chocolate 3D Printer

May 21, 2015 9:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Hershey Company will showcase the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in the world at a confectioners' conference in Chicago this week. 


Chinese Telecom Giant Announces IoT Platform

May 21, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei on Wednesday announced a new operating system to help connect household and business devices to the internet. 


Coke Continues Bottling Overhaul

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced plans to sell territories to two U.S. bottlers, the latest step in an overhaul of its bottling operations. 


U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Trade Secrets

May 20, 2015 2:06 pm | by Paul Elias, The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.


Strike Continues at Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal. 


U.S. Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 20, 2015 1:51 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall.


Bay Area Thieves Target Prius Batteries

May 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Hybrid car batteries are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves in the San Francisco area. 


Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.


Fiat Chrysler CEO: Company Will Adapt to Strict Safety Rules

May 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday.


What You Need To Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

May 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

A recall of airbags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.


How One Company Could Save the Fracking Industry

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Saudi Arabia and its allies, in an effort to protect their market share, led OPEC to increase oil production from those nations' conventional wells. The cartel predicted that the boom in U.S. production from higher-cost fracking wells would end in 2015. But if a Denver company has its way, foreign competitors may not be able to undercut U.S. drilling operations for much longer.


Industrial Accident Claims NC Metalworker

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

North Carolina officials say a metalworker died last week after he was struck by a tool ejected from heavy machinery.


Takata Airbag Recall Doubles to Nearly 34M

May 19, 2015 2:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, Macy Gordon, The Associated Press

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.


Tesla Door Handles Shutting Out Buyers

May 19, 2015 2:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Consumer Reports says Tesla’s new $127,000 Model S is undriveable, mainly because they can’t get behind the wheel to drive it due to malfunctioning door handles.


Senate Rejects More Aid for Workers Who Lose Jobs to Trade

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by David Espo, The Associated Press

The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama.


ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.


U.S. Investigating Nissan Versa for Alleged Safety Defect

May 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact after getting reports that a coil spring in the front suspension can fracture and cut the tires.



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