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Automakers To Reveal Models Covered by Wider Airbag Recall

May 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Many questions about the Takata airbag recall remain unanswered as an investigation continues, but here's what you need to know about the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.


Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow by 50 Percent by 2021

May 22, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research.


Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.


Report: Growing Manufacturing Trade Deficit Equated to 230,000 Lost Jobs

May 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis of trade data from early 2015 shows a sharp increase in the United States' trade deficit in technology-intensive manufacturing, which likely cost the country thousands of jobs.


Report: Switching Trucks to Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite its clean-burning reputation, a newly released study suggests that fueling transport trucks with natural gas could actually worsen their climate impact. 


Report Calls for Integrating Employers' Health, Safety Programs

May 22, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report proposes integrating workplace health and safety programs in order to evaluate their impacts on businesses.


5 of the Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 22, 2015 9:58 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

The coastline was transformed after a ruptured pipeline leaked 105,000 gallons of oil.


Senate Edges Closer to Passing Trade Authority Legislation

May 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Legislation that would give the Obama administration broader authority to negotiate a Pacific Rim trade agreement cleared a procedural hurdle Thursday in the U.S. Senate.


Toyota Promises to Help Find Cause of Takata Airbag Defects

May 22, 2015 9:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.


Hong Kong Manufacturers To Tour U.S. Next Month

May 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of manufacturing and tech companies from Hong Kong will travel from coast to coast next month as part of a 13-day economic mission.   


General Motors Spending $439M for Upgrades to Corvette Plant

May 21, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. 


Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 2:41 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was discovered in some ice cream pints.


Survey: Medical Costs, Cybersecurity Top Business Leaders' Concerns

May 21, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Business leaders once again expressed concerns about rising medical costs at a higher rate than other potential risks, according to the 2015 Business Risk Index from Travelers insurance.


ExxonMobil Announces Substantial Oil Discovery

May 21, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ExxonMobil officials on Wednesday officially announced the discovery of a substantial offshore oil reservoir near the coast of Guyana. 


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. 



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