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Amazon Drivers File Lawsuit Over Contractor Status

October 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of four drivers for Amazon's Prime Now delivery service, which promises at-home delivery of selected products in as little as one hour. The service launched in Southern California last month.


Montana's Top Coal Producer Expects To Cut Asian Exports

October 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

The lost shipments could reduce state tax revenue by up to $15 million in 2016, Montana Coal Council executive director Bud Clinch said.


Gulf States Settle With Transocean Over 2010 Spill Damages

October 29, 2015 2:58 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

A filing from Transocean and attorneys for Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas says all of the states have entered a settlement agreement.


VW Affirms Commitment To Chattanooga Plant Despite Scandal

October 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

The company, based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said in a statement that it will invest $600 million in Tennessee and reiterated plans to build a new midsize SUV there starting from the end of 2016.


Study: Controlling Bubbles In Boiling Water Could Make Power Plants More Efficient

October 29, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Controlling the rate of bubble formation, scientists said, allows greater control over the rate of heat transfer between metal and liquid, which could enable more efficient adjustments of boilers in power plants.


Verizon Unveils IoT Strategy

October 29, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new IoT platform titled ThingSpace headlined the announcement at a company event in San Francisco. The platform will allow IoT developers to manage their work from end-to-end, including devices, networks and applications.


Green Self-Driving Cars Take Center Stage At Tokyo Auto Show

October 29, 2015 10:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan, home to the world's top-selling automaker, has a younger generation disinterested in owning or driving cars. The show is about wooing them back. It's also about pushing an ambitious government-backed plan that paints Japan as a leader in automated driving technology.


New GE Plants Will Make Advanced Composites For More Efficient Jet Engines

October 29, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The $200 million facilities will particularly supply raw materials called ceramic matrix composites to the nation's first CMC factory, a GE plant in Asheville, North Carolina.


Report: Websites Lacking Among Top B2B Manufacturers

October 29, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The 2015 XConnect B2B Analysis — produced by tech company Siteworx and researchers from Syracuse University — polled company purchasing and procurement officials about several attributes of their digital experience with suppliers.


Quant Signs A Joint Venture Agreement With Themaar Investments To Introduce ‘World Class’ Maintenance In The UAE

October 29, 2015 9:40 am | by Quant

Quant, the global leader in industrial maintenance recently signed a joint venture agreement with Themaar Investments in Dubai, to establish a professional industrial maintenance business that will essentially help companies wanting to ‘sweat’ their production assets while optimizing cost in a rapidly growing competitive market.


Sherwin-Williams Debuts Bacteria-Killing Paint

October 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The product, called Paint Shield, was developed by researchers at the company's Cleveland headquarters and verified to eliminate 99.9 percent of Staph, E. coli, MRSA and other bacteria after two hours of exposure on painted surfaces.


Chemical Company Fined $1.3M For Missing Meth Ingredient

October 28, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The company agreed to plead guilty to six charges it shipped monomethylamine, or MMA, without verifying the buyers and failed to notify authorities when it discovered some shipments went missing in 2010, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.


Fiat Chrysler Falls To Loss Amid Cost Of Recalls

October 28, 2015 2:37 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Fiat Chrysler has faced a tumultuous year of conflict with U.S. government regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in July hit Chrysler with a record $105 million penalty for violating laws in 23 recalls involving 11 million vehicles.


Forecast: Oil Prices Could Remain Low Through Early 2020s

October 28, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP said that it would continue to cut costs and curb development of new oil and gas reservoirs after reporting a third quarter profit of $46 million, a fraction of the $1.3 billion profit during the same quarter last year.


Monsanto To Close Three R&D Plants

October 28, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

About 90 of the 155 total jobs at the three plants will be cut, Reuters reported, and the remaining 65 positions will shift to a campus near Monsanto's St. Louis headquarters.


Volkswagen Suffers Loss Due To Scandal But Sales Hold Up

October 28, 2015 10:31 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

While the German carmaker warned Wednesday that operating profit this year would be "down significantly," it indicated that sales would prove resilient.


Mini Recalls 86K Cars To Fix Power Steering Problems

October 28, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

BMW says in documents filed with regulators that the power steering can fail because of manufacturing or other issues. If that happens, manual steering remains but it would take greater effort to steer.


Ford CEO Responds To Trump: 'Facts Are Stubborn Things'

October 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jill Colvin, Associated Press

Trump tweeted on Sunday that, because of his constant criticism in the campaign, Ford had decided to cancel plans to build a plant in Mexico.


NTSB: Recall System For Faulty Tires Is 'Broken'

October 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board says only about one in five recalled tires are removed from the road through the recall process. 


GOP-Led Congress Moves To Block Obama's Clean Power Plan

October 27, 2015 1:27 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Republican senators are expected to tout the congressional challenge in a series of floor speeches starting Tuesday. 



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