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Seeking '16 Spark, Walker Proposes Vast Union Restrictions

September 14, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press

Labor law experts said such an effort, if successful, would substantially reduce the power of organized labor in America.


After Spill, Work Suspended At 10 Mine Sites

September 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Matthew Brown, Dan Elliott; Associated Press

Cleanup efforts on some of the mines have been going on for years yet remain unfinished, underscoring the complexity of a long-running attempt to address an estimated 500,000 abandoned mines across the U.S. Work on others was in the early stages.


Survey: U.S. Gasoline Price Drops 27 Cents Over 3 Weeks

September 14, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the pump price fell even though crude oil prices gained strength, as gasoline supply outweighed demand.


UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler As Target In Contract Talks

September 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Fiat Chrysler — the smallest of the three companies — now becomes the focus of bargaining and could be hit with a strike if negotiations stall. A deal with FCA will also set a general pattern for contracts at General Motors and Ford.


Automakers Commit To Putting Automatic Brakes In All Cars

September 11, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Experts say the systems could prevent or mitigate an estimated 80 percent of rear-end collisions.


A Small Tweak To Pharmaceutical Production With A Big Environmental Impact

September 11, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The altered drug retained its helpful properties for high blood pressure but also degraded more quickly than it conventional form; initial testing also showed that the resulting byproducts were likely non-toxic.


Pipe Staged Ahead Of Permits For Proposed ND Oil Pipeline

September 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press

If approved, the Dakota Access Pipeline would move at least 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily through South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, where shippers can access Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.


Researcher: SpaceX, NASA Partnership Could Bring Mars Samples To Earth

September 11, 2015 1:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Under the proposal presented to a Future In-Space Operations meeting, the Red Dragon would be fired into space attached to SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. 


China Fines Nissan Venture In Anti-Monopoly Case

September 11, 2015 11:09 am | by The Associated Press

Dongfeng Nissan Auto Sales Co. violated anti-monopoly law by improperly enforcing minimum prices, according to the economic planning agency of the southern province of Guangdong.


U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged In August As Gas Costs Fall

September 11, 2015 11:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

With oil and gas prices falling and most other costs little changed, American consumers are enjoying mild inflation.


Staten Island Officials Seek Answers Following Mysterious Stench From "Chemical Corridor"

September 11, 2015 10:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Residents complained of a mysterious stench — with descriptions ranging from fish to garbage to electrical fires — on August 28.


California Governor Vetoes Drone Restrictions

September 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Senate Bill 142, which would affect drones flying at an altitude of less than 350 feet, cleared the state's Democratically controlled Legislature amid growing privacy concerns surrounding drones.


Union Pacific Workers Furloughed Amid Sluggish Rail Shipping

September 11, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Union Pacific CFO Rob Knight said at a conference this week that about 2,300 union workers on the company's trains, equipment and freight are currently on temporarily layoff or "alternative work status," according to the Omaha World-Herald.


World’s First All-Electric Satellite Online Ahead Of Schedule

September 10, 2015 2:41 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

Boeing built the satellite for Bermuda-based customer ABS, a satellite operator which provides a variety of services including cellular, internet, satellite-to-home, and satellite-to-cable. 


Feds, Duke Energy Settle On Pollution At Coal-Burning Plants

September 10, 2015 2:15 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer

Duke Energy said Thursday it denies the alleged violations and maintains it complied with federal law but agreed to settle the case to avoid the costs and uncertainties of litigation.


Exelon Delays Closure Decision On 2 Illinois Nuclear Plants

September 10, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The Chicago-based company previously said its generating stations in the Quad Cities, Byron and Clinton were in danger of closing.


Musk: Nuking Martian Poles Could Make Planet Hospitable To Humans

September 10, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the Tesla and SpaceX chief suggested Mars could eventually be relatively welcoming to humanity.


Keurig, Campbell's Debut Chicken Noodle Soup K-Cups

September 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The announcement marks the first non-beverage K-Cups option from the maker of single-serve coffee machines as it aims to counter lagging sales.


New Federal Food Safety Rules Issued After Deadly Outbreaks

September 10, 2015 11:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The new rules will require food manufacturers to submit food safety plans to the government to show they are keeping their operations clean.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.7M Trucks For Air Bag, Weld Troubles

September 10, 2015 11:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Ram pickups have been recalled frequently in recent years. The 2014 Ram 1500, Fiat Chrysler's top-selling model that year, has been recalled nine times.



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