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Amazon Calls for Uniform Drone Regulations

June 18, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top Amazon.com official told lawmakers on Wednesday that federal regulators should act "expeditiously" to develop rules regulating the e-retailer's proposed drone delivery service.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Fall to Nearly 15-Year Low

June 18, 2015 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, evidence that layoffs remain at unusually low levels and the job market is moving closer to full health.

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Study: West Virginia Chemical Spill Unlikely to Impact Public Health

June 18, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal authorities investigating the site of a chemical spill in West Virginia found "very little reason for concern about long-term health effects," according to the state's health department.

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Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.3 Billion

June 18, 2015 9:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level since the spring of 2012 as American exports declined.

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Airbus Edges Boeing in Orders Race at Paris Air Show

June 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Greg Keller, The Associated Press

Airbus glided past U.S. rival Boeing to take top honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show, according to final tallies that together amounted to over $107 billion in business.

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Fed Expected to Open Door to Rate Hike if Economy Improves

June 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve is expected to signal Wednesday that it's getting closer to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade while leaving the timing of that increase uncertain.

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Pennsylvania Wants Record $8.9M Fine Against Drilling Firm

June 17, 2015 2:09 pm | by Peter Jackson, The Associated Press

State environmental regulators are pursuing a record $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company they say repeatedly failed to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream in north-central Pennsylvania.

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Auto Industry Quality Improves, Japanese Don't Keep Pace

June 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The quality of cars and trucks made by European, Korean and U.S. companies has improved so much in recent years that Japanese automakers, long the industry standard, are having trouble keeping pace.

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Airbus Joins SpaceX in Race to Provide Internet From Space

June 17, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

European aerospace giant Airbus this week announced plans to build hundreds of satellites in an effort to provide Internet access to remote locations worldwide.

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Texas City Leaders Repeal Voter-Approved Ban on Fracking

June 17, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies.

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NAM: Ozone Regulation Will Hamper Growth and Opportunity

June 17, 2015 9:54 am | by Mallory Micetich

During a joint House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing, manufacturers, businesses and stakeholders expressed a growing fear that the proposed regulation would delay new construction, limiting economic opportunity and job growth.

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Photos of Ruptured Oil Pipeline Provide Clues of Spill Cause

June 17, 2015 9:33 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.

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Toyota Adds Nearly 1.4M Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

June 17, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is adding nearly 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs to a growing recall for airbags that can explode with too much force.

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U.S. Says Exxon Must Pay $1M Penalty for Montana Spill

June 16, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. officials have rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana's Yellowstone River.

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Paris Air Show Roundup

June 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A look at some of the news coming from the 2015 Paris Air Show happening this week where major aircraft manufacturers hope to do some business.

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Honda Adds 1M Civics, Accords to Passenger Airbag Recall

June 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

At the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, Honda is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force.

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Airbus Supplier Adding Second Painting Facility in Mobile

June 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press

A German company is expanding its operations near the Airbus plant being built in Mobile.

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U.S. Regulators OK Shell-BG Deal

June 16, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group announced on Tuesday that U.S. regulators officially approved their proposed $70 billion merger.

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Kashi Agrees to Pay $4M Settlement Over All-Natural Label

June 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kellogg Co. could pay nearly $4 million to settle a Florida class-action lawsuit over "all-natural" claims on products under its Kashi brand.

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GM Returns to Medium-Duty Trucks in U.S. With Isuzu Deal

June 16, 2015 10:37 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Detroit-based General Motors Co. is expanding its partnership with Japanese truckmaker Isuzu Motors by collaborating in the U.S. and marking GM's return to the medium-duty truck business.

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