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U.S. Models To Be Fixed In VW Emissions Cheating Case

October 19, 2015 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen has admitted that 11 million of its cars worldwide are programmed to cheat on emissions tests, including 8.5 million vehicles that will be recalled in Europe and another 482,000 cars in the U.S.


Plans Move Ahead For $30M Detroit Manufacturing Facility

October 19, 2015 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Plans by India-based Sakthi Automotive Group for a roughly $30 million manufacturing facility on Detroit's southwest side are moving forward.


California Recalls Organic Pastures Dairy Of Fresno Raw Milk

October 19, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced Friday bacteria was found in a routine product inspection at the dairy facility.


InBev-SABMiller Tie-Up Would Include China's Biggest Beer

October 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A potential prize for AB InBev in its bid for SABMiller is a Chinese beer that is the world's biggest seller. But any deal will face Chinese regulators who have barred the two brewing giants in the past from cooperating.


GM Catches New Ignition Switch Problem Early

October 19, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has another ignition switch problem that can cause engines to stall, but this time it was discovered before anyone got hurt.


U.S. Factory Output Drops In Latest Sign Of Weak Growth

October 19, 2015 9:44 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing production fell for the second straight month in September as factories cranked out fewer appliances, computers, and electronics.


Report: Feds Casting Wide Net In VW Probe

October 19, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal authorities appear to be gearing up for a wide-ranging look into Volkswagen's practices in light of the scandal over its diesel emissions levels.


VW Hires Anti-Corruption Exec As It Deals With Scandal

October 16, 2015 2:27 pm | by David McHugh and David Rising, AP Business Writers

Volkswagen is hiring a top anti-corruption manager from competitor Daimler as it struggles to clean up a scandal over cheating on U.S. diesel emissions tests.


Pesticide Market Being Fueled By Population Growth

October 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study projects the global market for crop protection chemicals to grow alongside the world's population.


Natural Gas Projects Skirt Russia En Route To Europe

October 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Once completed, the projects will provide a route for gas to reach Europe from the Caspian Sea without assistance from Russia, which faces sanctions from the European Union over its activities in Ukraine despite its massive supplies of natural gas.


Mazda Recalling 923K Vehicles For Faulty Ignition Switches

October 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The Japanese carmaker reported 13 fire incidents since 2003 in Japan resulting from the problem.


Kansas Poised To Be A Leader In Emerging Field Of Drones

October 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

Kansas is trying to position itself as an industry leader in the emerging field of unmanned aerial systems, building on the framework already in place as an aviation manufacturing cluster and in its technology-driven agricultural sector.


$12M In Bankruptcy Settlement For Ex-Steel Company Workers

October 16, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

The United Steelworkers union says it'll receive about 12 million of the $17.4 million settlement in RG Steel's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.


UPS To Hike Shipping Rates, Alter Fuel Surcharges

October 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Atlanta-based company announced this week that UPS Freight rates will increase by nearly 5 percent on average as of Oct. 26, while UPS Ground rates will jump by the same amount in late December.


U.S. Factory Output Drops In Latest Sign Of Weak Growth

October 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factories have had a tough year and there is little sign of improvement any time soon. A strong U.S. dollar and weak overseas growth have hammered U.S. exports.


EPA: Tests Show Water Sent To Navajo Nation Met Standards

October 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results Tuesday, two months after farmers and Navajo officials said the water delivered by a contractor contained oil and was not suitable for use.


Treasury Wine To Acquire Diageo’s U.S., European Wine Assets

October 16, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

It will reportedly double the company's luxury wine sales in the U.S. and stave off an $80 million investment in a U.S. bottling plant.


Report: AB InBev To Finance SABMiller Takeover With Record Bond Sale

October 16, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to sell bonds worth up to $55 billion as part of the $106 billion needed to take over SABMiller. That would be a record for a corporate acquisition.


State, Feds Won't Pursue $92M More In Exxon Valdez Spill

October 15, 2015 2:47 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

In a court filing made on Wednesday, government attorneys said patches of lingering oil that remain can no longer be considered an impediment to the recovery of sea otters or harlequin ducks or a significant ongoing threat to their now-restored populations in the area affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.


Kia Recalls Over 419K SUVs To Fix Shift Lever Problem

October 15, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press

The recall covers Sorentos from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The cars can roll away unexpectedly and cause a crash, Kia says in documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



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