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Airbus Restarts A400M Deliveries as Spain Lifts Restrictions

June 19, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Airbus Defense and Space will restart deliveries of Airbus A400M aircraft after Spanish authorities lifted flight restrictions they had ordered after one of the military planes crashed last month.


OSHA Blames Oil Rig Fire That Killed Three on Open-Flame Heater

June 19, 2015 10:11 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Three workers were killed and another two seriously injured in December 2014 when a drilling rig caught fire in Coalgate, Okla. Now OSHA says an open-flame heater on the floor of the rig is to blame.


Toyota Exec Arrested on Suspicion of Importing Controlled Drug

June 19, 2015 10:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda said Friday he believes an American executive arrested on suspicion of importing a controlled drug into Japan had no intention of breaking the law.


What Happened to Colt Defense LLC

June 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Earlier this week the gun maker, Colt Defense LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. See what industry analysts are saying about the historic company's decline.


Study: Mega Injections of Wastewater Triggers More Quakes

June 18, 2015 3:27 pm | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.


California Reveals Details of Self-Driving Cars Accidents

June 18, 2015 3:01 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads.


Caterpillar To Lay Off 120 Workers at East Peoria Plant

June 18, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. has announced a second round of layoffs this year affecting 120 more workers at its East Peoria plant.


Corona Brewer Spending Billions to Meet Growing Demand, Regulatory Deadline

June 18, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. distributor of Corona and other prominent Mexican beer brands is investing $2 billion in its brewery near the Texas border as a deadline looms for the company to produce all of its own beer.


Manufacturing in Philly Area Grows by Most in 6 Months

June 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing in the Federal Reserve's Philadelphia region expanded this month at the fastest pace since December, suggesting that an improving economy is boosting factory output.


Facility Tied to Ohio Chemical Spill to Submit Cleanup Plan

June 18, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

State officials say an injection well facility tied to a chemical spill in northeast Ohio must submit a cleanup plan as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency continues to investigate the spill.


Boeing Supplier To Build New South Carolina Plant

June 18, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

A company that helps build the coverings for the compartments for the engines for Boeing jets is opening a new plant in Orangeburg County, South Carolina.


Amazon Calls for Uniform Drone Regulations

June 18, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top official told lawmakers on Wednesday that federal regulators should act "expeditiously" to develop rules regulating the e-retailer's proposed drone delivery service.


Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Fall to Nearly 15-Year Low

June 18, 2015 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, evidence that layoffs remain at unusually low levels and the job market is moving closer to full health.


Study: West Virginia Chemical Spill Unlikely to Impact Public Health

June 18, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal authorities investigating the site of a chemical spill in West Virginia found "very little reason for concern about long-term health effects," according to the state's health department.


Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.3 Billion

June 18, 2015 9:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade increased in the January-March quarter to the highest level since the spring of 2012 as American exports declined.


Airbus Edges Boeing in Orders Race at Paris Air Show

June 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Greg Keller, The Associated Press

Airbus glided past U.S. rival Boeing to take top honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show, according to final tallies that together amounted to over $107 billion in business.


Fed Expected to Open Door to Rate Hike if Economy Improves

June 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve is expected to signal Wednesday that it's getting closer to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade while leaving the timing of that increase uncertain.


Pennsylvania Wants Record $8.9M Fine Against Drilling Firm

June 17, 2015 2:09 pm | by Peter Jackson, The Associated Press

State environmental regulators are pursuing a record $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company they say repeatedly failed to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream in north-central Pennsylvania.


Auto Industry Quality Improves, Japanese Don't Keep Pace

June 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The quality of cars and trucks made by European, Korean and U.S. companies has improved so much in recent years that Japanese automakers, long the industry standard, are having trouble keeping pace.


Airbus Joins SpaceX in Race to Provide Internet From Space

June 17, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

European aerospace giant Airbus this week announced plans to build hundreds of satellites in an effort to provide Internet access to remote locations worldwide.



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