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Mazda Recalling 1.2M Vehicles In U.S. To Fix Ignition Switches

October 22, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Mazda says it is recalling 1.2 million older cars and minivans in the U.S. because ignition switches could overheat and catch fire.


Senate Subcommittee Plans Hearing On AB InBev-SABMiller Deal

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

The Senate hearing, however, is likely only the beginning of intense regulatory scrutiny in the U.S., where the two companies would control about 70 percent of the market. 


UPS To Pay $4M Over Improper Government Deliveries

October 22, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleged that between 2004 and 2014, UPS workers recorded inaccurate times for deliveries to government customers in order to meet guaranteed deadlines for the company's next-day delivery services.


Lexus Is Top Brand In Consumer Reports' Reliability Survey

October 21, 2015 2:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.


Harley-Davidson Plans Job Cuts After Earnings Miss

October 21, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Harley-Davidson Inc. plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs and ship fewer motorcycles than it had planned for the year after reporting third-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of Wall Street expectations.


German Power Plants Require Imported Garbage

October 21, 2015 2:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Germany successfully halted the growth of its landfills in recent years in large part by constructing power plants that run on trash.


GM Says Chevy Bolt Electric Range Could Be Over 200 Miles

October 21, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.


More Than Half Of U.S. States Report Job Losses In September

October 21, 2015 10:26 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Most U.S. states reported jobs losses in September as slowing growth has weighed on hiring nationwide in the past two months.


Dozens More Companies Sign White House Climate Change Pledge

October 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration this week touted dozens of new companies in support of a strong international climate agreement at a United Nations conference later this year.


Ferrari For Sale: Legendary Brand Races Toward Share Listing

October 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Ferrari is racing toward a public share offering this week, making it possible for investors to buy a piece of the legendary maker of luxury sports cars and Formula One racing machines.


Group Finds Mexico Hurt U.S. By Dumping Subsidized Sugar

October 21, 2015 9:24 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

Mexico hurt U.S. sugar farmers by dumping heavily subsidized sugar on U.S. markets from 2011 into 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Tuesday.


Hyundai Recalls 27,700 Sonatas And Elantras

October 20, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Hyundai is recalling 27,700 midsize and compact cars in the U.S. because salt damage could cause the cars' front coil springs to fracture.


Settlement Brewing In Beck's Beer Case Over German Packaging

October 20, 2015 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

A settlement is brewing in a lawsuit that would give cash to drinkers of U.S.-brewed Beck's beer over misleading packaging emphasizing its German origins.


Vacuum Maker Dyson Acquires Lithium-Ion Battery Start-Up

October 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

British vacuum company Dyson is considering building an advanced battery plant in the U.S. following its acquisition of lithium-ion battery firm Sakti3.


Norwegian Capital Hopes To Ban Most Cars By 2019

October 20, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The newly elected city council of Oslo, Norway, hopes to enact the first comprehensive ban on cars in a European capital within four years.


MIT System Successfully Processes Big Data Without Human Involvement

October 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A system designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers could produce far more efficient data analysis while removing most of the need for human involvement in the process.


Lawsuits Could Force VW To Buy Back Cheating Diesels

October 20, 2015 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether.


Obama Administration Says China Not Manipulating Currency

October 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Obama administration said Monday that China's currency remains undervalued in relation to the U.S. dollar but it did not cite the country for unfairly manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.


OSHA Fines Ashley Furniture Over Machine Safety

October 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal labor officials on Monday levied eight charges against Ashley Furniture over dangerous working conditions at its upholstery factory in Whitehall, Wisconsin.


China's Economic Growth Declines To Six-Year Low

October 19, 2015 2:44 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn.



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