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Belgium's Solvay To Buy U.S. Cytec For $5.5B

July 29, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

Belgium's chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market.


Nebraska Trial Set Over Land Seizures For Oil Pipeline

July 29, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Ga. Judge Cuts Damages In Jeep Fire Death

July 29, 2015 9:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.


GAO: Thousands Of Chemical Facilities Incorrectly Reported Data About Toxic Release Threats

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said that federal authorities should take steps to verify information reported by chemical facilities and improve compliance with safety standards.


Court Orders EPA To Redo Air-Pollution Limits In 13 States

July 28, 2015 4:26 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.


Enfamil Maker Mead Johnson Paying $12M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The SEC said Mead Johnson's Chinese subsidiary paid doctors and other professionals in government-owned hospitals to recommend the formula and to give the company the contact information of patients for marketing purposes.


Federal Officials Examine Probable Cause Of Spaceship Crash

July 28, 2015 2:07 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.


Musk, Hawking Among Those Calling For Ban On AI Weapons

July 28, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

More than 1,000 experts, including some of the world's most famous scientists and entrepreneurs, signed onto a letter calling for a ban on artificially intelligent weapons.


Rocket Manufacturing And Testing Lab To Open In Colorado

July 28, 2015 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

A rocket launch company is opening a propulsion testing and manufacturing operation in Pueblo, Colorado, officials from the city and United Launch Alliance announced Friday.


FDA Bans Some Mexican Cilantro After Feces Found In Fields

July 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there.


Wind Farm Construction Commences

July 28, 2015 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm.


Volkswagen Sold More Vehicles Than Toyota In First Half

July 28, 2015 11:20 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.


Nike Offers Partial Refund To End FuelBand Lawsuit

July 28, 2015 11:17 am | by The Associated Press

Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.


Report: Pemex Lost More Oil After Offshore Explosion Than Estimated

July 28, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Petroleos Mexicanos apparently lost much more oil production than previously indicated after an offshore explosion this spring.


Cereal Ingredients Inc. To Expand In Kansas

July 28, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Specialty ingredients manufacturer Cereal Ingredients Inc. plants to invest $12 million to expand its operations in eastern Kansas.


Mitsubishi Plant Closure Ends Foreign Automakers' UAW Ties

July 28, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The upcoming closure of a Mitsubishi Motors auto plant means that foreign automakers will soon make cars in the U.S. without the United Auto Workers union.


Fiat Chrysler To Recall More Than 1.6M Vehicles

July 27, 2015 2:57 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Business Writer

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix two separate issues affecting its Ram pickup trucks.


Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Jump 3.4 Percent In June

July 27, 2015 2:54 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, reflecting a surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Meanwhile, a key category that reflects business investment rebounded after two months of declines.


U.S. Virgin Islands To File Violations Against Rum Operations

July 27, 2015 2:51 pm | by David McFadden, Associated Press

The U.S. Virgin Islands' environmental agency plans to file a violation order against two rum producers on St. Croix as residents of several communities complain of a black mold persistently staining their properties, cars and boats.


Japanese Automaker Mitsubishi Motors To End U.S. Production

July 27, 2015 2:42 pm | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press

Mitsubishi Motors confirmed Friday that it plans to stop production at its only U.S. factory and sell the plant in central Illinois that has more than 1,200 workers.



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