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SpaceX to Hold Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

June 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.


Paris Air Show: Boeing Racks Up Orders for its 737

June 16, 2015 9:37 am | by Angela Charlton, Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press

Boeing says Dutch-based leasing company AerCap is ordering 100 of the plane-maker's 737 jets.


Gun Maker Colt Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

June 15, 2015 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

Gun maker Colt Defense LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy late Sunday, allowing for a quicker sale of operations in the U.S. and Canada.


Groups Call for Faster Introduction of Chemical Plant Safety Regulations

June 15, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of advocacy groups reiterated its call for the Obama administration to enact new safety standards for chemical plants, while adding that time is running out for the president to take action.


GM to Cut 100 Jobs Amid Slower Sales

June 15, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Motors plans to cut 100 jobs at its Orion Assembly plant in suburban Detroit, according to reports.


U.S. Safety Agency Probes Mazda SUVs for Suspension Problem

June 15, 2015 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that suspension parts can come loose on Mazda SUVs, causing drivers to lose control.


House Vote Puts Trade Authority Legislation in Jeopardy

June 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday defeated crucial trade legislation in a move that could seal the fate of Trade Promotion Authority in that chamber.


Paris Air Show Kicks Off With Airbus-Boeing Rivalry

June 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Jamey Keaten, Angela Charlton, The Associated Press

Airbus is betting on big jets as the future of aviation, while rival Boeing is gambling on smaller ones — but both are hoping to sell hundreds of planes of all sizes at the Paris Air Show starting Monday to bolster balance sheets and meet growing demand.


Reshoring In-Depth: Transportation, Electronics Lead Reshoring Efforts

June 15, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Transportation and electrical equipment accounted for most of the reshored U.S. jobs over the last five years, according to a report from the Reshoring Initiative.


FedEx to Pay $228 Million to Settle Driver Classification Case

June 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

FedEx will pay about $228 million to thousands of improperly classified drivers under the terms of a tentative court settlement.


U.S. Factory Output Down in May, Hurt by Oil Refining Cuts

June 15, 2015 9:47 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

A decline in refining oil caused U.S. factory output to slip in May, overshadowing solid gains by automakers.


Jeni's Halts Production After Listeria Again Found in Plant

June 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has found listeria in its plant again and has halted production and closed retail shops for the second time since April, the company said Friday.


Reshoring In-Depth: Ford, Caterpillar, GE, GM Among Top Reshoring Companies

June 12, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Several of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers also ranked among the biggest proponents of reshoring in recent years, according to a new analysis.


Los Angeles Drops Plans to Buy Power From Solar Plant

June 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The city of Los Angeles has dropped plans to buy electricity from a proposed solar project in the Mojave Desert, saying it would be too damaging to bighorn sheep, desert tortoises and other wildlife.


Honda Adds $363M to Airbag Recall Costs

June 12, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. is setting aside another $363 million to fund a growing recall of airbags that can explode with too much force.


Safety Regulators Link Takata Airbags to Another Death

June 12, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. regulators are confirming that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was involved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana, connecting the defective airbags to a seventh fatality.


Union Says All Federal Workers Fell Victim to Hackers

June 12, 2015 10:35 am | by Ken Dilanian, The Associated Press

A major federal union says the cyber theft of employee information is more damaging than it first appeared, asserting that hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee.


U.S. Wholesale Prices Jump in May

June 12, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price of eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza. But outside of increases in volatile food and energy costs, core inflation remained moderate.


Report Claims Secretive Trade Group Self-Regulates Flavorings Industry

June 12, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The thousands of chemicals used to enhance flavors in processed foods in the U.S. are almost entirely free of government scrutiny, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.


Toyota Close to Unveiling 4th-Generation Prius Hybrid

June 12, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

The timing isn't perfect, but Toyota is getting close to rolling out the next generation of its Prius gas-electric hybrid car.



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