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Kraft Sued Over All-Natural Label for Capri Sun

June 24, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A northern California man earlier this month filed a class action lawsuit against Kraft Foods, which alleged that the company's Capri Sun juice contained artificial ingredients despite its label as "all-natural."


House Approves Bill to Overhaul Chemical Regulation

June 24, 2015 2:47 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

The House on Tuesday approved a bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years.


Monsanto Considers Spending $1B to Expand Luling Plant

June 24, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Monsanto Co. has announced preliminary plans for a potential $1 billion-plus expansion of its Luling plant.


Milwaukee Tool to Expand Mississippi Plant

June 24, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Milwaukee Tool announced a $16.8 million expansion of its Greenwood, Mississippi plant that will create 126 new jobs.


Ford Motor Recalls Vans, SUVs Over Panel, Seat Belt Issues

June 24, 2015 11:27 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues.


Boeing Names its President, Muilenberg, as New CEO

June 24, 2015 11:17 am | by The Associated Press

The aircraft maker said Tuesday that President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Muilenburg will become its new CEO on July 1. To ease the transition, McNerney will keep working at Boeing until the end of February. He is also remaining chairman of the Chicago-based company.


Exxon Mobil Halting Three Oil Platforms After Pipeline Spill

June 24, 2015 10:18 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

Exxon Mobil Corp. has been forced to halt operations at three offshore oil platforms because it couldn't deliver to refineries in the wake of a broken pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast, the company said.


Jury Awards $435,000 to Family Over Chemical Found in Toy Beads

June 24, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An Arizona jury last week awarded $435,000 to the family of a toddler who swallowed toxic toy beads in 2007.


Monsanto CEO Vows to Continue Efforts to Lure Syngenta

June 24, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto's chief executive remains optimistic that the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant will eventually secure a merger with Swiss rival Syngenta despite the latter's repeated rejections of takeover bids.


Senators: Safety Agency Must Shape Up to Get More Funding

June 24, 2015 9:32 am | by Marcy Gordon, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Senators threatened Tuesday to withhold additional funding from the nation's top auto safety agency until it improves its ability to spot defective parts like Takata Corp.'s exploding air bags.


Ford Motor Launching Car-Sharing Pilot in U.S. and London

June 24, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is launching a car-sharing program in six U.S. cities and London.


Flint City Council Supports Tax Abatement for GM Investment

June 23, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

The Flint City Council is supporting a tax abatement for General Motors Co. if the automaker invests $161 million at its Flint Assembly plant.


Police Raid Toyota Offices After Arresting U.S. Executive

June 23, 2015 2:18 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Police raided Toyota Motor Corp.'s headquarters and its Tokyo and Nagoya offices on Tuesday following the arrest of a senior American executive on suspicion of drug law violations.


Union Voting on Potential End to Texas Refinery Strike

June 23, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The last remaining strike from a widespread labor dispute at the nation’s oil refineries could be on the verge of ending.


Man Sues Heinz Over Trans Fat

June 23, 2015 1:52 pm | by Any Szal, Digital Reporter

In the wake of new federal limits on the use of trans fat in foods, a California man filed a federal lawsuit against H.J. Heinz Co. over the use of partially hydrogenated oils in frozen potato products.


Durable Goods Orders Drop 1.8 Percent in May

June 23, 2015 10:13 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May, pulled down by a sharp drop in demand for aircraft. But a category that reflects business investment rose last month, a hopeful sign for manufacturing.


Workers Clean Up Oil Spill on California Beaches by Hand

June 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Alicia Chang, The Associated Press

Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.


Senators Say Takata May Have Put Profits Over Safety

June 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A group of U.S. senators says automotive air bag maker Takata Corp. may have placed profit over safety by halting safety audits of factories.


Niagara Recalls Bottled Spring Water on E. coli Concern

June 23, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

Niagara Bottling has recalled 14 brands of bottled spring water produced at two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants after the operator of one of its contracted springs failed to reveal evidence of E. coli bacteria at the spring source.


SpaceX Will Again Attempt to Land Rocket

June 23, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

SpaceX plans to launch its seventh mission to bring cargo to the International Space Station this weekend.



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