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Mayor Raises Pittsburgh Workers' Minimum Wage To $15 By 2021

November 11, 2015 3:13 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press

Pittsburgh is one on a growing list of cities working toward a $15 minimum wage for city employees. Whether or not these actions in the public sector will ripple out to the private sector is to be determined. 


Report Questions Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System

November 11, 2015 2:56 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press

The crude oil often travels in trains with more than 100 tank cars, and there have been several fiery derailments involving crude oil in recent years.


GM, Government Actions Questioned In Car Fire Recalls

November 11, 2015 2:39 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The post-recall fires raise questions about whether GM should have acted sooner, whether the government should have taken notice and stepped in, and whether the ineffective fix should have been approved in the first place.


Small Southern Illinois Village Braces For Coal Mine Closure

November 11, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Murray Energy Corp. announced last week that it expects to close American Coal Company's New Era mine in mid-2016. Its sister mine in Galatia, New Future, is expected to keep operating. The two mines employed about 700 people before layoffs earlier this year.


German Transport Agency Is Testing Emissions On 23 Brands

November 11, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

The agency said Wednesday since late September it's been examining about 50 diesel-powered vehicles, based on German test statistics and tips about heightened emissions.


BASF Revamp Creates Two New Units: Paper And Oilfield Chemicals

November 11, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

The German mega-chemicals company said that the changes would result in approximately 120 jobs being cut globally after they take effect Jan. 1.


China Auto Sales Grow At Year's Strongest Rate After Tax Cut

November 11, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Purchases of sedans, SUVs and minivans in the biggest market by number of vehicles sold rose 13.3 percent to 1.9 million, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.


Beer Merger Will Not Bring Budweiser, Miller Under Same Roof

November 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press

The world's two biggest beer makers will join forces to create a company that produces almost a third of the world's beer. But in the U.S., the deal will not bring arch rivals Budweiser and Miller under the same roof.


Small U.S. Businesses Wooing Big Players At Mideast Airshow

November 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

U.S. aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney doesn't just have a booth at this year's Dubai Airshow. The company takes up two chalets outside the main exhibition hall alongside other aviation and defense giants like Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.


Justices Skeptical Of Tyson Foods In Class-Action Case

November 10, 2015 2:49 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The justices indicated during arguments that they would not embrace Tyson's invitation to use the case to impose new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.


Study: Dispersants Did Not Help Oil Degrade In BP Spill

November 10, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

If the new results are true, up to half the oil can't be accounted for, said the author of a new study on the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


GE Transportation Signs $2.6B Deal With India Railways

November 10, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press

GE Transportation has announced a $2.6 billion deal to manufacture 1,000 locomotives for India Railways, just days after announcing it will lay off 1,500 union workers at its northwestern Pennsylvania operations.


Oil Prices Forecast To Stay Low Until 2020

November 10, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Oil prices are down more than 50 percent since the middle of last year. On Tuesday, the U.S. crude oil contract was trading at $43.95 a barrel.


Report Finds 85 Fatalities In The Chemicals Industry Last Year

November 9, 2015 3:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Preliminary numbers released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in September showed 27 fatalities in chemical manufacturing last year but 142 in oil and gas extraction alone.


VW Offers Diesel Owners $1,000 In Gift Cards And Vouchers

November 9, 2015 3:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The offer is designed to keep diesel owners happy as VW works on repairs to the cars, which are programmed to turn on pollution controls during government tests and turn them off while on the road.


Without Keystone, Industry Must Find New Paths For Oil

November 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Rob Gillies and James MacPherson, Associated Press

The U.S. imports more crude oil from Canada than from any other country, about 3.4 million barrels a day as of August, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


UAW Reaches Deal With Ford; GM Workers Say Yes With Asterisk

November 9, 2015 2:55 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The UAW said it reached an agreement with Ford on Friday morning. The contract covers 53,000 workers at 22 U.S. plants.


Ruling Could Expose GM To Large Verdicts In Ignition Cases

November 9, 2015 2:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that people suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches can seek punitive damages that could cost the company millions of dollars or more.


Keystone XL Rejection Elicits A Flood Of Responses

November 9, 2015 10:54 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor

Environmentalists applauded Obama’s decision to reject the project, claiming it would have been harmful to the environment. Republicans and those in the oil industry, however, argued the project would have created numerous jobs and largely benefit the U.S. economy. 


Honda Recalling 25,300 Cars Due To Airbag Issue

November 9, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

Honda is recalling more than 25,000 cars in the U.S. to replace the rear grab rail brackets, which it says could interfere with the deployment of a side curtain airbag.



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