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UAW Leaders Approve Richer Fiat Chrysler Contract

October 9, 2015 3:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The new agreement would gradually eliminate a much-maligned tiered pay system and bring all U.S. factory workers to the same wage over eight years. 


Judge Gives Final Approval For $338M Oil Train Settlement

October 9, 2015 2:55 pm | by David Sharp, The Associated Press

Judge Peter Cary announced his decision after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection to the settlement plan moving forward and a Canadian judge gave conditional approval.


Tesla, Switch Fuel Economic Boom In Ex-Railroad Town

October 9, 2015 2:52 pm | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement — Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.


VW May Compensate Owners Of Diesel Cars For Loss Of Value

October 9, 2015 10:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Speaking to lawmakers investigating the emissions cheating, U.S. CEO Michael Horn also said fixing most of the 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. could take one to two years, possibly more.


Alabama Water Authority Files Lawsuit Over 3M Chemicals

October 9, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority filed the lawsuit in federal court along with three of the authority's customers.


Report: Manufacturing Skills Gap Could Hit 2M Jobs By 2025

October 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although retirements in the baby-boomer generation and changes in federal labor policies helped create the skills gap, the report adds that younger workers also contribute to the problem.


Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Over Listeria Scare

October 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Routine sampling by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors found listeria monocytogenes in an uncut wheel of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese.


BMW, Honda, Yamaha Cooperate On Development Of Connected Motorcycles

October 9, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BMW, Honda and Yamaha will establish the Connected Motorcycle Consortium and cooperate on Intelligent Transportation Systems designed specifically for motorcycles.


Amazon Challenges Etsy With Handmade

October 8, 2015 3:06 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer

The move throws down the gauntlet to craft-selling site Etsy. But at least at the time of launch, the two sites will have a very different seller base, fee structure and stances on manufacturing.


Supporters Of Embattled Ex-Im Bank Move To Bypass GOP Foes

October 8, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press

The bank's charter expired June 30, and it's been unable to approve new applications or fulfill its mission of helping overseas buyers purchase U.S. products like airplanes and heavy equipment, which the bank says helps sustain tens of thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs.


Lumber Liquidators Paying $10M In Wood Importation Probe

October 8, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

The $10 million payment will include a fine, a forfeiture of profits, and contributions to two conservation charities.


Power Plant Chosen To Host Wyoming Carbon-Capture Lab

October 8, 2015 2:46 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press

Wyoming officials looking to technology to preserve coal as a viable fuel source have pledged $15 million to the carbon-capture research lab.


Keystone XL Developer Seeks Different Approval For Route

October 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press

TransCanada announced last week that it would withdraw its eminent domain claims to the land on the pipeline's proposed route and instead seek approval through the commission.


Volvo Chief: Company Assumes Liability For Problems With Self-Driving Cars

October 8, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although a wide range of automakers and tech companies are invested in self-driving technology, only Mercedes-Benz and Google made similar declarations about liability. 


Auto Experts: Top Managers Probably Knew Of VW Cheating

October 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Tom Krisher and Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than the company is letting on.


GM Recalls SUVs, Tells Owners Not To Use Windshield Wipers

October 8, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

The company is recalling nearly 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2016 model to fix the problem.


California Wants Renewable Energy For Half Its Power By 2030

October 8, 2015 10:12 am | by Michael R. Blood and Judy Lin, Associated Press

Few question whether the new goal of 50 percent is achievable by 2030, but critics worry that the complex regulations needed to speed the transition from fossil fuels will add unknown costs for consumers and businesses.


Fiat Chrysler Avoids Strike With New Tentative Contract

October 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.


Study’s Finding Could Reduce Costs Of Owning Hydrogen-Powered Cars

October 8, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scientists at New Mexico's Sandia National Laboratories tweaked a material called molybdenum disulfide — or "molly" — to improve its performance as a hydrogen catalyst.


Shell To Spend $69M To Relocate Water Facilities

October 7, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The project will replace existing drinking wells and create a new water intake site and treatment facility for the authority.



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