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Feds: Workplace Fatalities Increased In Mining, Manufacturing In 2014

September 18, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Initial results from the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reflected a 9 percent increase among those industries compared to final 2013 numbers, led by a 17 percent increase in the mining sector.


The Five Coolest Cars From The Frankfurt Auto Show

September 17, 2015 4:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

There are a record 210 new car launches at the Frankfurt show, which, after an industry preview this week, opens to the general public on Saturday and runs through Sept. 27.


Pentagon Report Knocks Test Of Embattled Fighter Jet

September 17, 2015 3:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A memo from the Defense Department's top weapons tester — released by the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight — found that the Marines' version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could present maintenance and reliability issues.


Hyperloop Technologies Names New CEO

September 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

The company’s goal is to make a cheap, reliable form of public transportation that allows people to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, revolutionizing the concept of the commute. The levitating pods will travel at 750mph through a tube.


Report Gives Top Restaurant Chains Failing Grades On Antibiotics

September 17, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Farmers for years gave antibiotics to food animals to promote growth and prevent disease, but critics argue that the practice contributes to the rise in antibiotic-resistance bacteria. 


Citrus Oil Could Replace Fossil Fuels In Chemical Production

September 17, 2015 11:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In addition to reducing industry’s reliance on fossil fuels for feedstock chemicals, the process could also make better use of citrus crops. 


Adidas Sues Skechers Over Sneaker Design

September 17, 2015 11:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Adidas sought damages and legal fees, along with a ban on further infringement and the seizure of relevant products and promotional materials.


New Industry Standard Aims To Reduce Detergent Packet Poisoning

September 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Single-load detergent packets became increasingly popular among consumers in recent years, but the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that nearly 12,000 children under the age of 6 ingested or inhaled their contents in 2014.


EPA Chief: Agency Did Not Shirk Responsibility In Mine Spill

September 17, 2015 10:33 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the spill caused by her agency "tragic and unfortunate" and said the EPA has taken responsibility to ensure that 3 million gallons of rust-colored sludge released into Colorado's Animas River is cleaned up.


Workers May Balk At Fiat Chrysler, UAW Contract Deal

September 17, 2015 10:27 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

Still to come, the UAW must reach deals with Ford and General Motors, which are bigger and more profitable than FCA. Ford racked up a $6.9 billion pretax profit last year in North America; FCA made about half that.


General Motors Settles Criminal Case Over Ignition Switches

September 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Hays, Eric Tucker, Tom Krisher, Associated Press

The two-count criminal information accuses GM of wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator.


All-Electric Porsche Concept Includes Heads-Up Holograms

September 16, 2015 3:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

Porsche wants to make a name for itself in terms of range, that bugaboo of electric car owners. The 800-volt technology can take the car 500km on one charge.


HP To Jettison Up To 30K Jobs As Part Of Spinoff

September 16, 2015 3:38 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

HP has already jettisoned 55,000 jobs during past few years under CEO Meg Whitman, who will be the leader of spun-off HP Enterprise.


Department of Energy Launches Smart Manufacturing Grants

September 16, 2015 3:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

They hope to make the deployment of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling cheaper and more energy efficient, reducing the cost by 50 percent, improving energy productivity by 50 percent, and increasing energy efficiency by 15 percent.


Study: Air Pollution Kills 3.3 Million Worldwide, Might Double

September 16, 2015 3:21 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

The United States, with 54,905 deaths in 2010 from soot and smog, ranks seventh highest for air pollution deaths.


Morton Salt To Close Chicago Facility

September 16, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Chicago-based salt company announced Tuesday that a comprehensive study determined that its customers would be better served from other sites in its network.


Bezos' Space Company To Build, Launch Rockets In Florida

September 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

At a news conference Tuesday, Bezos announced that his Blue Origin space company will build rockets and launch them into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.


Tech Disruption Hangs Over Automakers At Frankfurt Show

September 16, 2015 11:26 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

September 16, 2015 11:22 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The UAW and began bargaining in July with Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler. Contracts with all three companies — which cover around 140,000 U.S. hourly workers — expired Monday night but were extended while talks continued.


International Supply Chain Standards Approved

September 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The joint panel's approval officially establishes the GS1 measures as ISO and IEC standards, which will help government and industry regulators, as well as software providers, incorporate them across global trade networks.



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