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PPG Industries Buying Indiana-Based Coatings Manufacturer

June 11, 2015 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press

PPG Industries says it's buying an Indiana-based manufacturer of specialty powder and liquid coatings.


Number of Passenger Airplanes Expected to Double in 20 years

June 11, 2015 10:34 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press

In the next 20 years, global airlines will need 38,050 new airplanes, jet manufacturer Boeing said in its annual market forecast. That's up 3.5 percent from last year's projection.


Blue Bell: Listeria Source Likely ID'd at Oklahoma Plant

June 11, 2015 10:11 am | by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries believes the listeria found at its Oklahoma facility is likely linked to a non-sanitary room, though the company has not been able to pinpoint a single source for the contamination at its Texas plant, according to a report.


Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Remain Low

June 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, yet remained at a historically low level that points to a healthy job market.


GM, Fiat Chrysler Negotiators Depart Ahead of Contract Talks

June 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The top labor negotiators for two of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers departed in recent days in what could be a harbinger of difficult contract talks this summer.


Acura SUV Recall Shows Glitch in Automatic Braking System

June 11, 2015 9:40 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Acura is recalling two models of SUVs because their automatic emergency braking systems can mistakenly slow the car, increasing the risk of a collision.


Study Shows Decrease in Reporting, Resolving Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

June 10, 2015 5:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis found a decline in the number of reported foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, and that of those reported to federal health officials, a smaller share was ultimately resolved.


PepsiCo R&D Efforts Spawned 3D-Printed Potato Chip

June 10, 2015 5:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

One of the recent product offerings from PepsiCo got its start on a 3D printer, a result of the soft drink giant's increased emphasis on research and development.


Report: Feds Considering Wire Fraud Charges for GM

June 10, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal prosecutors could bring wire fraud charges against General Motors over the automaker's problems with ignition switches.


Court Strikes Down Rules Aiming to Cut Plant Pollution

June 10, 2015 2:53 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.


Trucks: Their Importance to Automakers

June 10, 2015 2:31 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Vehicle sales in the U.S. have been really driven by pickups and SUVs over the past year, in turn, raising profits.


Ford To Stop Making Lincoln Model at Chicago Factory

June 10, 2015 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

A Ford Motor Co. executive says the automaker's Chicago assembly plant will stop production of the Lincoln MKS full-sized sedan next year.


Tesla’s Model X Could Be in Your Garage in 3-4 Months

June 10, 2015 2:10 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

"The Model X will be a better SUV than the Model S is a sedan,” said Telsa Motors CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday during the California Company’s annual shareholder meeting. 


Louisiana Woman May be 7th Death Caused by Takata Air Bags

June 10, 2015 2:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A Louisiana woman who may be the seventh person killed by a defective Takata air bag received a recall notice two days after the crash that caused her death, according to a lawsuit filed by her family.


GE Takes Step Away From Banking with $12 Billion Deal

June 10, 2015 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric will sell its private equity business in a deal valued at about $12 billion as it refocuses on its core businesses and exits a banking sector now under stricter oversight.


Organized Labor Takes Gamble by Battling Obama's Trade Bill

June 10, 2015 10:24 am

Organized labor's fierce opposition to President Barack Obama's trade agenda threatens to split the political left and deal a new blow to unions if the president prevails in a House vote that could come this week.


Survey: Multinationals Increasingly Focus on Workplace Safety

June 10, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released survey of large multinational corporations showed that company officials are placing a greater emphasis on workplace safety, according to safety science company UL.


Study: All 50 States Could Run on Renewable Energy by 2050

June 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new study by California researchers outlines a pathway for all 50 states to run entirely on renewable energy by 2050.


Guardrail Maker To Pay $663M for Not Revealing Design Change

June 10, 2015 9:54 am | by David Koenig, Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press

A federal judge ordered a Texas company to pay $663 million in damages for failing to tell the government about design changes to highway guardrails that critics say made the systems more dangerous.


Johnson Controls Eyeing Options for Automotive Business

June 10, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Johnson Controls says it is looking at options for the separation of its automotive business.



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