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Elon Musk Seeks To Expand Tesla’s Autonomous Driving Program

November 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Musk tweeted on Thursday that the company is expanding its Autopilot program staff "to achieve generalized full autonomy."


Chemours To Sell Texas Chemical Plant To Dow

November 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chemours Co. this week announced plans to sell a Houston-area chemical plant to Dow Chemical for some $140 million.


UAW Approves Contract With General Motors

November 23, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Production workers ratified the agreement earlier this month by a 55.4 percent majority. But skilled trades workers like electricians and pipefitters rejected it, which sent negotiators back to the table.


IT Official Says Cyberattacks On Oil, Gas Operations Increasing

November 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Eric Knapp of Honeywell Process Solutions said at an event in Madrid that the company's oil and natural gas clients are experiencing an increase in both the amount of cyber activity and the sophistication of the attacks.


UAW Unworried About Blowback Over German Union Cooperation

November 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The UAW and its German counterpart, IG Metall, formally announced the creation of a joint office to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers doing business in the South.


MAPI: Divergence In Manufactures Trade Between U.S. And China Continues

November 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by MAPI

Ernest Preeg, MAPI Foundation senior advisor for international trade and finance, estimates a trade-related job loss of 150,000 American manufacturing jobs in the third quarter, headed toward 600,000 for the year.


Feds Fine Metal Company Nearly $75K For Safety Violations

November 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

A powdered metal manufacturer in northwestern Pennsylvania has been fined nearly $75,000 after an employee ended up losing a leg in a compactor accident.


EPA Plans To Classify Hundreds Of Additional Chemicals As Safe

November 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The EPA began its Safer Chemical Ingredients List in 2012. Products that include those chemicals can be affixed with the agency's Safer Choice label for environmentally-friendly products.


Tesla Recalls Model S Over Seat Belt Defect

November 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tesla Motors on Friday issued a recall of its vaunted Model S sedan over a possible seat belt defect.


Report: Household Furnishings, Children's Products Top Consumer Product Recalls

November 20, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest quarterly Stericycle Recall Index — produced by Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS — attributed 44 percent of recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission between July and September to furnishings, fixtures, appliances and housewares.


Report: Self-Driving Technology Could Double U.S. Traffic

November 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Self-driving taxis would likely return those otherwise unable to drive — children and the elderly — to the road.


Hyundai Recalls Nearly 305K Cars For Brake Light Problem

November 20, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Hyundai is recalling nearly 305,000 Sonata midsize cars because the brake lights can stay on when the driver isn't stopping.


LA Launches A Coalition To Get Autonomous Vehicles Rolling

November 19, 2015 2:46 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor

Los Angeles is paving the way for self-driving cars to get on roads around the nation.


Keystone XL Developer 'Committed' To Completing Project

November 19, 2015 2:43 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press

The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company's request for a federal permit, a spokesman said Wednesday.


Report: Ford-UAW Contract In Jeopardy As Voting Ends

November 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

UAW officials said that of the approximately 75 percent of Ford union workers to cast votes as of Wednesday, just more than half voted against the proposal.


Drone Company Software Would Ban Flights In Restricted Areas

November 19, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The "geofencing" system — named Geospatial Environment Online — provides users with live information on nearby restricted areas or other potential safety issues and, in its default setting, prevents flight into those locations.


Report: Plant Safety Hasn’t Improved Since Deadly Chemical Leak

November 19, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The analysis by the Washington-based Center for Effective Government said incidents at U.S. chemical plants still occur at a rate of about one in every two days since a deadly explosion in West, Texas in 2013.


UK Plans To Close Coal Plants By 2025

November 19, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Authorities touted the commitment as one of the first by a developed nation. Coal accounted for about one-third of the nation’s electricity last year, but new European environmental regulations and aging infrastructure designated many plants for closure in coming years.


Audi Says U.S. Sales Undiminished By Diesel Emissions Scandal

November 19, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

In the two months since news broke that hundreds of thousands of diesel cars — mostly VWs, but also some Audi models — had their emissions devices doctored to beat U.S. tailpipe tests, sales of Audis have been at record levels compared to the same months in years past, according to company data.


UAW Taking 'Micro' Approach To Unionizing Volkswagen Plant

November 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday granted a petition by a small group of skilled-trades workers to hold a vote on being represented by the UAW for collective bargaining purposes, turning back a call by the German automaker to require a vote by all blue-collar workers on union issues.



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