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Shell's Drilling Decision Isn't The End For Arctic Oil Drilling

September 30, 2015 2:35 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press

Shell's decision gives advocates on both sides a chance to pause and consider whether Arctic drilling should continue, said Mike LeVine of the ocean-advocacy group in Juneau known as Oceana.


Amazon Tests Uber-Like Service For Deliveries

September 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer

In order to offer the speedy deliveries Amazon will pay drivers $18 to $25 an hour via its new Amazon Flex program. The move comes before the bustlingly busy November and December holiday shopping period.


Every Electron Gets A Byte: Digital Power Plant Makes Electricity Smart

September 30, 2015 2:26 pm | by Tomas Kellner, GE Reports

The Digital Power Plant isn’t limited to new plants. Applications can be installed on existing units as well, bringing the power of data to power generation machines of all types.


Report: Chinese-Made Goods Result in More Carbon Emissions

September 30, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The scientists from the University of California-Irvine, the University of Maryland and Harvard University found that products manufactured in China contributed to significantly higher emissions than the same products made in other nations.


Reports: Passage Of New Fiat Chrysler Labor Contract Unlikely

September 30, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Voting by FCA's union workers began this week, but after the contract was met with skepticism by some rank-and-file members, initial results were not promising.


United Auto Workers Threaten Strike At Missouri Ford Factory

September 30, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

Union Vice President Jimmy Settles says in a note to members Tuesday that he gave the company a five-day strike notice at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.


Tesla's First SUV, The Model X, Is Finally Hitting The Road

September 30, 2015 10:15 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Tesla's Model X — one of the only all-electric SUVs on the market — was officially unveiled Tuesday night near the company's California factory. SUVs were delivered to the first six buyers.


Duke Energy Reaches $7M Deal With NC On Coal Ash

September 30, 2015 10:03 am | by Jonathan Drew, Associated Press

The agreement came as lawyers for the country's largest electric company and the state were preparing courtroom arguments regarding a $25 million fine over groundwater pollution at a Wilmington plant, the state's largest-ever penalty for environmental damage.


U.S. Agency Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Roadway Deaths

September 30, 2015 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that the company failed to report some deaths, injuries and other information to the agency as required by law.


Fall Protections, Hazard Communications Top List Of Workplace Safety Violations

September 30, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Deputy enforcement director Patrick Kapust unveiled the agency's top 10 list at the annual congress and expo of the nonprofit National Safety Council in Atlanta.


Scientists Closing In On Small-Scale Nuclear Fusion

September 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nuclear fusion — during which the nuclei of atoms are fused together to release energy — has long been a goal of scientists hoping to replace nuclear fission, which requires radioactive material and extensive safety measures.


Big Utilities Enter Market For Small Rooftop Solar

September 29, 2015 2:19 pm | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press

The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the U.S. energy system.


U.S. Opens Probe Into BMW Over Mini Side Crash Test Problems

September 29, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's investigating the company's Mini brand because it may have been slow to fix cars that didn't pass federal crash tests.


VW Outlines Recall Plan

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

VW intends to submit the details of the plan to government regulators next month; if approved, the company would establish websites to guide drivers of affected vehicles.


Survey: Small Businesses Plan For Growth Amid Improved Credit Access

September 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest American Express OPEN Small Business Growth Pulse survey found that nearly two-thirds of its 1,000 participants established a formal growth plan for their businesses.


Bush: U.S. Should Open Overseas Markets To U.S. Oil, Gas

September 29, 2015 10:31 am | by Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press

Bush has long said that opening domestic energy production is a key to sustained economic growth.


EPA Set To Tighten Smog Limits As Business Gears For Fight

September 29, 2015 10:22 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration's plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.


VW: 1.8M Commercial Vehicles, 700K SEAT Cars Affected

September 29, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen AG has admitted using a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissions tests in the U.S. It said last week the engines concerned are in some 11 million vehicles worldwide, far more than the 482,000 originally identified by U.S. authorities.


FedEx Hikes Fuel Surcharge, Shipping Rates

September 29, 2015 8:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Earlier this month, the Memphis-based parcel giant announced that shipping rates would increase by an average of 4.9 percent early next year.


GE, Citing Export-Import Bank Impasse, To Move 350 Jobs To Canada

September 29, 2015 8:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decision will result in 350 lost jobs in a Milwaukee suburb. GE said the announcement was the fourth time this month that the company was forced to establish jobs overseas in order to gain access to needed financing.



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