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Judge Rejects Pepsi's Efforts to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit

June 9, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A class action lawsuit alleging that PepsiCo violated California chemical disclosure standards will be allowed to proceed after a federal judge tossed out the soft drink company's effort to dismiss the case.


Tesla's Musk Pitches Battery System to Utilities

June 9, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday asked utility executives to partner with his company to deliver more reliable power to homes and businesses.


GM CEO Says She's Been Interviewed in Air Bag Probe

June 9, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra confirmed Tuesday that she has been interviewed by the Justice Department in its criminal probe of how the company handled a deadly ignition switch problem in older small cars.


Google Releases More Details on Self-Driving Car Accidents

June 9, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press

Google is disclosing more details about the 12 accidents involving its self-driving cars so far as part of a commitment to provide monthly updates about the safety and performance of the vehicles.


Report: Import Levels Return to Normal After West Coast Port Dispute

June 9, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report says import volume at some of the nation's largest seaports returned to normal levels following a protracted labor dispute along the West Coast.


GM CEO Rejects Fiat Chrysler Merger Talks

June 9, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company doesn't need to merge with Fiat Chrysler to take advantage of economies of scale in building cars.


Ford Agrees to Invest $3.1B to get Max Michigan Tax Credits

June 9, 2015 9:43 am | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. would have to invest $3.1 billion in Michigan over the next 10 years to qualify for the state's maximum possible tax credits to keep auto jobs in the state.


Report: Manufacturing Tech Orders Down in April

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

Orders for manufacturing technology equipment fell in April, according to the latest monthly report from the Association for Manufacturing Technology.


Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 111

June 8, 2015 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has risen by 2 to 111.


Firefighters Battle Blaze at Chemical Plant in Pennsylvania

June 8, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials are working to determine the cause of a fire that raged for hours at a south-central Pennsylvania chemical plant.


Newly Developed Material Could Reduce Dependence on Chinese Metals

June 8, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University recently announced the successful synthesis of materials that could alleviate the need for rare earth metals from China.


Airbus Developing System to Reuse Spacecraft Rockets

June 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

French aerospace company Airbus is working on a method to return spacecraft rockets safely to Earth, according to reports.


Private Lab Says Listeria Found in Alabama-Made Blue Bell

June 8, 2015 1:54 pm | by Kim Chandler, The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from a private laboratory that found evidence of listeria in a carton of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant.


NASA To Test New Technology for Mars Landing

June 8, 2015 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press

NASA is using the skies around the Hawaiian island of Kauai to test new technology that it wants to use for landing larger spacecraft — and eventually astronauts —on Mars.


Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some in U.S.

June 8, 2015 12:11 pm | by Josh Boak, Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.


Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Michael Blood, Brian Melley, The Associated Press

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.


Union to Terminate Contract with Copper Producer

June 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An Arizona copper producer could be closer to a work stoppage after union members indicated plans to terminate their current contract.


The Supreme Court to Review Workplace Rights

June 8, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.


LIFT, NIMS and Ivy Tech Combine Efforts to Address the Industrial Tech. Maintenance Skills Gap

June 8, 2015 10:07 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech) are partnering to enhance and expand training to fill the largest number of open manufacturing jobs in states along the auto corridor.


EPA: No Widespread Effects on Drinking Water from Fracking

June 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although hydraulic fracturing can affect nearby drinking water sources, a report from the Environmental Protection Agency said that those problems were not "widespread" in the U.S. despite years of increasing fracking activity.



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