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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.


Texas City Leaders Repeal Voter-Approved Ban on Fracking

June 17, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Leaders of a North Texas city have repealed a voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing by energy companies.


NAM: Ozone Regulation Will Hamper Growth and Opportunity

June 17, 2015 9:54 am | by Mallory Micetich

During a joint House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing, manufacturers, businesses and stakeholders expressed a growing fear that the proposed regulation would delay new construction, limiting economic opportunity and job growth.


Photos of Ruptured Oil Pipeline Provide Clues of Spill Cause

June 17, 2015 9:33 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.


Toyota Adds Nearly 1.4M Vehicles to Takata Airbag Recall

June 17, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is adding nearly 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs to a growing recall for airbags that can explode with too much force.


U.S. Says Exxon Must Pay $1M Penalty for Montana Spill

June 16, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. officials have rejected Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana's Yellowstone River.


Paris Air Show Roundup

June 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A look at some of the news coming from the 2015 Paris Air Show happening this week where major aircraft manufacturers hope to do some business.


Honda Adds 1M Civics, Accords to Passenger Airbag Recall

June 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

At the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, Honda is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force.


Airbus Supplier Adding Second Painting Facility in Mobile

June 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press

A German company is expanding its operations near the Airbus plant being built in Mobile.


U.S. Regulators OK Shell-BG Deal

June 16, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group announced on Tuesday that U.S. regulators officially approved their proposed $70 billion merger.


Kashi Agrees to Pay $4M Settlement Over All-Natural Label

June 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kellogg Co. could pay nearly $4 million to settle a Florida class-action lawsuit over "all-natural" claims on products under its Kashi brand.


GM Returns to Medium-Duty Trucks in U.S. With Isuzu Deal

June 16, 2015 10:37 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Detroit-based General Motors Co. is expanding its partnership with Japanese truckmaker Isuzu Motors by collaborating in the U.S. and marking GM's return to the medium-duty truck business.


Reshoring In-Depth: South Accounts for More Reshored Jobs Than Rest of U.S. Combined

June 16, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Anecdotal evidence of the nation's reshoring trend can be found from coast to coast. Data from the Reshoring Initiative, however, shows it's primarily southern states that are seeing the benefits of manufacturing companies returning production from overseas.


In Next Strike Against Unions, GOP States Go After Wage Laws

June 16, 2015 10:17 am | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Expanding their battle with organized labor, Republican lawmakers in the Midwest are moving to scrap labor laws that help unions win a healthy share of the jobs on public works projects and bolster trade union membership.


SpaceX to Hold Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

June 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.


Paris Air Show: Boeing Racks Up Orders for its 737

June 16, 2015 9:37 am | by Angela Charlton, Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

Boeing says Dutch-based leasing company AerCap is ordering 100 of the plane-maker's 737 jets.


Gun Maker Colt Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

June 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Gun maker Colt Defense LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy late Sunday, allowing for a quicker sale of operations in the U.S. and Canada.


Groups Call for Faster Introduction of Chemical Plant Safety Regulations

June 15, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of advocacy groups reiterated its call for the Obama administration to enact new safety standards for chemical plants, while adding that time is running out for the president to take action.



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