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U.S. Opens Probe of Ford F-150 Power Brake Failures

June 26, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power brake assist can fail on some Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

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Google's New Self-Driving Cars Cruising Silicon Valley Roads

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

The latest models of Google's self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters as an ambitious project to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase.

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Boeing CEO Transition Could Impact Relationship With Unions

June 26, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chicago-based Boeing saw record revenues and profits from orders for its new planes, but McNerney also oversaw dramatic cuts in benefits for union workers at the company's Washington State plants, along with the addition of a non-union facility in South Carolina and the shifting of thousands of engineering jobs from the Seattle area to other states.

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Company Picks Ky. Site for Facility to Build Automated Machinery

June 25, 2015 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Kentucky officials say a company that will design, build and install automated machinery for manufacturers will open a facility in Hodgenville.

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Next-Generation Trucks: 18 Wheels and One Turbine

June 25, 2015 3:40 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Ian Wright, CEO and founder at Wrightspeed Inc., explains the use of turbines to power next-generation electric trucks.

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EPA To Hear Testimony From Hundreds on Renewable Fuels Plan

June 25, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bill Draper, The Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans last month to reduce renewable fuels requirements by 4 billion gallons in 2015 and more than 3 billion in 2016. It is conducting a public hearing on Thursday in Kansas City, Kansas, before making a final determination on the standards in November.

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rise to Still-Low 271,000

June 25, 2015 2:52 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week, but remained at a historically low level that signals an improving job market.

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Indian Tribes Sue to Block Southern California Solar Plant

June 25, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

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Subaru Recalls 72K Vehicles

June 25, 2015 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.

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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

With only a handful of days remaining in the current fiscal year many states have not passed legislation targeting GMO food labeling in the past 12 months, according to a report in Food Safety News.

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Iranian Crude Exports Plummet Following Sanctions

June 25, 2015 12:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Exports of crude oil from Iran decreased by nearly half since the U.S. levied additional sanctions three years ago.

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Acura Recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs

June 25, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press

Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

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General Mills To Slash Up to 725 jobs

June 25, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 million to $62 million, mostly for employee termination benefits.

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Photo Essay: UPS Worldport

June 25, 2015 9:49 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Check out photos showcasing the inner workings of UPS’s 5.2 million-square-space aptly titled Worldport.

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New Charges Filed Over Canadian Oil Train Disaster

June 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian prosecutors on Monday levied criminal charges against a now-defunct railroad company and six former employees over a 2013 explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec.

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Mitsubishi Recalls 460K Cars; 5 Hurt When Airbags Hit Visor

June 25, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Mitsubishi is recalling about 460,000 cars because the airbags can push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries in a crash.

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House GOP Targets Obama Climate Plan for U.S. Power Plants

June 24, 2015 4:32 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, defying a White House veto threat.

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Report: Industries Face Shortage of Rail Boxcars

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

Federal regulations and decades-long changes in rail transportation are combining to create a shortage of boxcars that could become a full-blown crisis in the next several years.

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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."

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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.

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