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General Motors Settles Criminal Case Over Ignition Switches

September 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Hays, Eric Tucker, Tom Krisher, Associated Press

The two-count criminal information accuses GM of wire fraud and scheming to conceal material facts from a government regulator.


All-Electric Porsche Concept Includes Heads-Up Holograms

September 16, 2015 3:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

Porsche wants to make a name for itself in terms of range, that bugaboo of electric car owners. The 800-volt technology can take the car 500km on one charge.


HP To Jettison Up To 30K Jobs As Part Of Spinoff

September 16, 2015 3:38 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

HP has already jettisoned 55,000 jobs during past few years under CEO Meg Whitman, who will be the leader of spun-off HP Enterprise.


Department of Energy Launches Smart Manufacturing Grants

September 16, 2015 3:33 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

They hope to make the deployment of advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling cheaper and more energy efficient, reducing the cost by 50 percent, improving energy productivity by 50 percent, and increasing energy efficiency by 15 percent.


Study: Air Pollution Kills 3.3 Million Worldwide, Might Double

September 16, 2015 3:21 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

The United States, with 54,905 deaths in 2010 from soot and smog, ranks seventh highest for air pollution deaths.


Morton Salt To Close Chicago Facility

September 16, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Chicago-based salt company announced Tuesday that a comprehensive study determined that its customers would be better served from other sites in its network.


Bezos' Space Company To Build, Launch Rockets In Florida

September 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer

At a news conference Tuesday, Bezos announced that his Blue Origin space company will build rockets and launch them into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.


Tech Disruption Hangs Over Automakers At Frankfurt Show

September 16, 2015 11:26 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

September 16, 2015 11:22 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The UAW and began bargaining in July with Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler. Contracts with all three companies — which cover around 140,000 U.S. hourly workers — expired Monday night but were extended while talks continued.


International Supply Chain Standards Approved

September 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The joint panel's approval officially establishes the GS1 measures as ISO and IEC standards, which will help government and industry regulators, as well as software providers, incorporate them across global trade networks.


BP Cuts Jobs At Texas Chemical Plant

September 16, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP attributed the decision to market factors and the need to improve use of company resources. 


Reports: AB InBev Floats Takeover Of SABMiller

September 16, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A combined Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller would have a market value of about $275 billion and would make about one-third of the world's beer supply.


MillerCoors To Close Brewery, Add To Craft Beer Holdings

September 15, 2015 3:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The moves reflect the tough decisions facing the country's beer giants as consumer tastes continue to trend toward craft brews.


Machinists Union Holds Court At Airbus Dedication Event

September 15, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Alabama plant is Airbus' first in the U.S. and should employ as many as 1,000 people when production begins later this year.


GE: 500 Jobs Could Move Overseas Amid Export-Import Bank Impasse

September 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Without export financing available from the federal government, GE officials said the company was forced to pursue options from agencies abroad.


BMW CEO Collapses During Presentation At Auto Show

September 15, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

His condition was not serious, the company said later.


Workers Who Weren't Hurt In Power Plant Blast Seek Lost Pay

September 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by Dave Collins, Associated Press

The case before the state Supreme Court involves 45 employees who had expected to work at the plant for six more months or so and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars during the remaining time, said Joseph Barnes, the workers' attorney. 


FCA Recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts For Safety Issue

September 15, 2015 11:14 am | by The Associated Press

The recall affects Dodge Darts from the 2013-2015 model years with dual dry-clutch transmissions.


U.S. Virgin Islands Sues Oil Company Over Shuttered Refinery

September 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

The small territory's government will not pay to challenge Hess, a $15 billion company. Instead, the Washington law firm it hired, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, will fund the lawsuit — and collect between 20 and 28 percent of any proceeds.


Sharp Drop In Auto Output Lowers U.S. Factory Production

September 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 percent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.



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