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Bay Area Thieves Target Prius Batteries

May 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Hybrid car batteries are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves in the San Francisco area. 

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Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Company Will Adapt to Strict Safety Rules

May 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

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What You Need To Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

May 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

A recall of airbags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.

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How One Company Could Save the Fracking Industry

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Saudi Arabia and its allies, in an effort to protect their market share, led OPEC to increase oil production from those nations' conventional wells. The cartel predicted that the boom in U.S. production from higher-cost fracking wells would end in 2015. But if a Denver company has its way, foreign competitors may not be able to undercut U.S. drilling operations for much longer.

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Industrial Accident Claims NC Metalworker

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

North Carolina officials say a metalworker died last week after he was struck by a tool ejected from heavy machinery.

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Takata Airbag Recall Doubles to Nearly 34M

May 19, 2015 2:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, Macy Gordon, The Associated Press

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

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Tesla Door Handles Shutting Out Buyers

May 19, 2015 2:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Consumer Reports says Tesla’s new $127,000 Model S is undriveable, mainly because they can’t get behind the wheel to drive it due to malfunctioning door handles.

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Senate Rejects More Aid for Workers Who Lose Jobs to Trade

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by David Espo, The Associated Press

The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama.

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ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.

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U.S. Investigating Nissan Versa for Alleged Safety Defect

May 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact after getting reports that a coil spring in the front suspension can fracture and cut the tires.

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Texas Ban on Local Fracking Restrictions Signed into Law

May 19, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Local governments in Texas may no longer restrict fracking operations within their jurisdictions following Gov. Greg Abbott's signature of legislation Monday.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 104

May 19, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 104.

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World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of red meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling Monday.

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Airbus Orders Checks on A400M Electronic Systems

May 19, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of the Airbus A400M military transport plane that crashed in Spain this month has warned air forces flying the plane to carry out checks on its electronic systems before the next flights.

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Yale Scientists Develop New, Cheaper Catalysts for Industrial Chemicals

May 19, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers at Yale University believe newly developed chemical catalysts could soon ease costs for a wide range of industries.

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OSHA: Better Safety Measures Could Have Saved DuPont Workers Killed by Gas

May 18, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal labor officials last week announced 11 citations and nearly $100,000 in fines for DuPont following an investigation into a deadly gas leak at a Texas chemical plant. 

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U.S. Agency To Hold Hearing on Fiat Chrysler Recall Compliance

May 18, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government's highway safety agency says it will hold a public hearing in July to determine if Fiat Chrysler has met its legal obligations in 20 safety recalls.

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By the Numbers: GM's Faulty Ignition Switches

May 18, 2015 1:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Last week, the death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 100. Here’s a look at all the numbers behind the ignition switch recall.  

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Hundreds of Chicago Jobs in Balance as Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 18, 2015 1:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines. 

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