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U.S. Closes Probe After Can-Am Spyder Maker Agrees to Recall

May 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles after the manufacturer agreed to a recall.


West Coast Port Contract Ratified As Retailers Urge Change

May 26, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dockworkers and port operators on the West Coast last week approved a new five-year contract, which brought an official end to the labor strife that stifled cargo at some of the nation's largest ports earlier this year.


Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt U.S. Economy

May 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn't worked out that way.


Ford Expands Presence in Morocco

May 26, 2015 11:49 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Company is expanding its presence in North Africa with a new Moroccan sales office and plans to double the amount of parts purchased in the North African kingdom.


Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 107

May 26, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 107.


Report: 80,000 U.S. Workers Now Employed by Chinese Companies

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report says the number of American workers employed directly by Chinese companies increased more than five-fold in the past five years.


Orders for Durable Goods Dropped in April

May 26, 2015 10:20 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.


A Look at How California Spill Compares with 1969 Disaster

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Christopher Weber, The Associated Press

An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters last week after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of crude just north of Santa Barbara. This  coastline was also the scene of a much larger spill in 1969. Here are some things to know about the two spills. 


Automakers To Reveal Models Covered by Wider Airbag Recall

May 26, 2015 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Many questions about the Takata airbag recall remain unanswered as an investigation continues, but here's what you need to know about the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.


Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow by 50 Percent by 2021

May 22, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research.


Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.


Report: Growing Manufacturing Trade Deficit Equated to 230,000 Lost Jobs

May 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis of trade data from early 2015 shows a sharp increase in the United States' trade deficit in technology-intensive manufacturing, which likely cost the country thousands of jobs.


Report: Switching Trucks to Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 22, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite its clean-burning reputation, a newly released study suggests that fueling transport trucks with natural gas could actually worsen their climate impact. 


Report Calls for Integrating Employers' Health, Safety Programs

May 22, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report proposes integrating workplace health and safety programs in order to evaluate their impacts on businesses.


5 of the Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 22, 2015 9:58 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

The coastline was transformed after a ruptured pipeline leaked 105,000 gallons of oil.


Senate Edges Closer to Passing Trade Authority Legislation

May 22, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Legislation that would give the Obama administration broader authority to negotiate a Pacific Rim trade agreement cleared a procedural hurdle Thursday in the U.S. Senate.


Toyota Promises to Help Find Cause of Takata Airbag Defects

May 22, 2015 9:45 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern.


Hong Kong Manufacturers To Tour U.S. Next Month

May 21, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of manufacturing and tech companies from Hong Kong will travel from coast to coast next month as part of a 13-day economic mission.   


General Motors Spending $439M for Upgrades to Corvette Plant

May 21, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. 


Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 2:41 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was discovered in some ice cream pints.



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