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Verizon Program Connects Millions Of Older Cars To Internet

August 26, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The service, called Hum, would be able to detect accidents, dispatch roadside assistance and help track stolen vehicles.

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Up Two Percent In July

August 26, 2015 11:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Commerce Department said Wednesday orders for durable goods increased 2 percent in July after a 4.1 percent gain in June.

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Manufacturers Spending Billions On Technologies That Many Motorists Don’t Use

August 26, 2015 11:01 am | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter

Respondents said they were less likely to use a technology if the seller didn’t explain the technology when they purchased the vehicle.

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State, Environmentalists Clash Over $225M Exxon Settlement

August 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Josh Cornfield and Michael Catalini, The Associated Press

The settlement ending an 11-year legal battle that spanned both Democratic and Republican governors is "fair, reasonable, in the public interest, and consistent with the goals of the Spill Compensation and Control Act," Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan wrote.

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Report: Ford Hopes To Resume U.S. Production Of Ranger Pickup

August 26, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Restarting North American production of the Ranger would mark Ford's return to the midsize truck market in the U.S. and improve its compliance with stricter fuel efficiency standards.

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Researchers Convert Solar Energy Into Methane

August 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The production of methane could be sustainably fueled by microbes instead of collected as a byproduct of natural gas drilling, where it is a potent greenhouse gas.

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Amazon's Prime Now Expansion To Include Alcoholic Beverages

August 26, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The expansion of the program to Seattle and three nearby suburbs will also reportedly include alcoholic beverages for the first time.

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Driverless Truck Meant To Improve Safety In Work Zones

August 25, 2015 2:29 pm | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press

Royal Truck & Equipment demonstrated its new driverless crash truck that it hopes will some day improve safety at work zones around the country. 

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Agency Won't Open Probe Into Toyota Unintended Acceleration

August 25, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have rejected an electrical engineer's request to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus cars.

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Report: Midwest Gas Prices To Fall With BP's Indiana Refinery Restarted

August 25, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP's refinery in Whiting, Indiana was shut down earlier this month after officials discovered leaking pipes in its largest crude distillation unit.

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GM Fund Rejects 91 Percent Of Ignition Switch Claims

August 25, 2015 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The fund has made offers in 124 death cases and 275 injury crashes. Of those, 325 were accepted, eight rejected and 65 haven't decided.

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Boeing To Lay Off Hundreds Amid Export-Import Bank Debate

August 25, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest round of cuts is expected to take place through early 2016.

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Survey: Recalls Make Americans Less Satisfied With Cars

August 25, 2015 10:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Last year automakers recalled a record 64 million vehicles for problems.

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Optimization Algorithm Increases Industrial Robot Efficiency By Up To 40 Percent

August 25, 2015 10:17 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter

This doesn’t change the robot’s operation path, just its speed and sequence.

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Toyota Plans $16M Expansion Of Indiana Forklift Factory

August 25, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

The Industrial Equipment Manufacturing campus will be just over a million square-feet with the upcoming expansion, to be completed in September 2016.

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U.S. Agency Probes Jeep SUV Rollaway Complaints

August 25, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 14 complaints from drivers, including five crashes and three injuries.

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Chipotle To Hire 4,000 New Employees In One Day

August 25, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The fast-growing burrito chain invited interested applicants to register for up to 60 open interviews at each of its nearly 1,900 restaurants on the morning of Sept. 9.

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Liquor Giant Pernod Faces Lagging Vodka Demand In U.S.

August 25, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Pernod owns dozens of liquor brands, including Jameson Irish whiskey and Beefeater gin. Its flagship, however, is Absolut vodka, and volumes of that spirit are on the decline in the U.S. overall.

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Nuclear Contractor To Pay $4.8M Over Improper Lobbying

August 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Sandia Corporation — a subsidiary of Lockheed-Martin — received government funding to operate Sandia National Laboratories, nuclear weapons labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California.

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Obama Pushing For More Clean Energy Choices For Consumers

August 24, 2015 2:36 pm | by Nancy Benac, Associated Press

President Obama is pressing to give Americans power to choose what kind of power they use.

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