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Amazon Opening Corporate Office In Detroit, Plans Expansion

September 28, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

Seattle-based Amazon says it wants the downtown office that's celebrating its grand opening Monday to be a technology hub.


VW Names Veteran Insider As New CEO Amid Growing Scandal

September 25, 2015 2:24 pm | by Geir Moulson and Pan Pylas, Associated Press

The decisions come after the previous CEO, Martin Winterkorn, quit the job this week over the scandal, which has damaged the company's reputation and threatens its business.


ConAgra CEO Says Cost-Cutting Likely To Include Layoffs

September 25, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

On Tuesday, ConAgra reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $1.2 billion, or $2.85 a share. Connolly told the World-Herald that day that the company had to be willing to embrace change in order to cut expenses and improve performance.


Frankfurt Auto Show Wrap-Up

September 25, 2015 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

This weekend, the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show will come to an end. Here's a look at some of the vehicles that made it to the show this year. 


Women In Manufacturing Receives $100,000 GE Grant

September 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

WiM officials, who made the announcement at the group's annual summit in Minneapolis, said that the contribution would particularly help establish new continuing education opportunities.


Oregon Group Seeks To Ban Bottled Water Plant

September 25, 2015 1:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nestlé, the nation's largest bottled water seller, for years sought access to a state-owned spring near the Columbia River and planned to build a bottling plant in nearby Cascade Locks.


Paint Stripping Chemical Blamed For Causing Sudden Death

September 25, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Products containing methylene chloride include warning labels identifying the chemical as a potential long-term cancer risk, but those labels do not caution consumers about the potential dangers from acute exposure.


Hyundai Recalls 470K Sonatas To Fix Big Engine Problem

September 25, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The recall covers 470,000 Sonata sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years equipped with 2-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline engines. At the time, the Sonata was Hyundai's top-selling vehicle in the U.S.


EPA To Change Diesel Tests To Thwart VW-Like Cheating

September 25, 2015 9:57 am | by Tom Krisher and Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Chris Grundler, head of the EPA's office of transportation and air quality, indicated the agency would add on-road testing to its regimen.


Coke To Implement New Distribution System, Sell Nine Plants

September 25, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Coke officials said the new distribution system would make the company "stronger, more aligned and more competitive." The cost-cutting efforts come amid sliding sales for soft drinks nationwide.


Report: VW To Dismiss More Executives

September 24, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The resignation of Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is apparently just the beginning of a major house cleaning at the world's largest car maker.


BMW: No Difference In Emissions Levels During Testing

September 24, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The German magazine Auto Bild reported that BMW's X3 crossover emitted nitrogen oxides at levels 11 times higher than allowable limits according to findings by the International Council on Clean Transportation.


Oil Company Officials Laud Findings On Crude Oil Volatility

September 24, 2015 2:21 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The makeup of crude oil from the Bakken formation has been at the forefront because of several fiery train derailments, including one in December 2013 outside Casselton that created a huge fireball and several explosions. 


Orders For U.S. Durable Goods Down 2 Percent In August

September 24, 2015 2:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The underlying demand for manufactured goods has been weaker this year as a strong dollar and China's economic slowdown have dragged down demand for American exports and big declines in oil prices have resulted in cutbacks in investment by energy companies.


Caterpillar Says It Could Cut 10K Jobs To Reduce Costs

September 24, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The company has trimmed its total workforce by more than 31,000 since the middle of 2012.


Weaponized AI Under Debate

September 24, 2015 10:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter

Thousands of signatories, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have signed a letter recommending caution in the development of autonomous weapons.


Dealers, Owners Feel Frustrated And Betrayed By VW Scandal

September 24, 2015 10:34 am | by Gillian Flaccus and Tom Krisher, Associated Press

On Wednesday, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned and took responsibility for the "irregularities" found by U.S. inspectors — a scandal that has wiped out billions in the company's market value and raised the possibility of criminal investigations and billions more in fines.


Third Person Dies From Salmonella Linked To Cucumbers

September 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

San Diego-based Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce issued a recall earlier this month after cases of Salmonella Poona linked to its "Limited Edition" brand cucumbers were reported in 27 states.


Fruit Fly Triggers Florida Farm Quarantine

September 24, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam declared a state of emergency and ordered the destruction of crops near fly sightings. Aerial pesticide spraying could also be an option.


Anheuser-Busch Adds Los Angeles Craft Brewer

September 24, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Golden Road will join Anheuser-Busch's High End Business Unit, which also includes 10 Barrel Brewing, Blue Point Brewing, Elysian Brewing and Goose Island Beer Company.



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