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U.S. Agency Says Fiat Chrysler Under-Reported Roadway Deaths

September 30, 2015 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that the company failed to report some deaths, injuries and other information to the agency as required by law.


Fall Protections, Hazard Communications Top List Of Workplace Safety Violations

September 30, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Deputy enforcement director Patrick Kapust unveiled the agency's top 10 list at the annual congress and expo of the nonprofit National Safety Council in Atlanta.


Scientists Closing In On Small-Scale Nuclear Fusion

September 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nuclear fusion — during which the nuclei of atoms are fused together to release energy — has long been a goal of scientists hoping to replace nuclear fission, which requires radioactive material and extensive safety measures.


Big Utilities Enter Market For Small Rooftop Solar

September 29, 2015 2:19 pm | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press

The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the U.S. energy system.


U.S. Opens Probe Into BMW Over Mini Side Crash Test Problems

September 29, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's investigating the company's Mini brand because it may have been slow to fix cars that didn't pass federal crash tests.


VW Outlines Recall Plan

September 29, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

VW intends to submit the details of the plan to government regulators next month; if approved, the company would establish websites to guide drivers of affected vehicles.


Survey: Small Businesses Plan For Growth Amid Improved Credit Access

September 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest American Express OPEN Small Business Growth Pulse survey found that nearly two-thirds of its 1,000 participants established a formal growth plan for their businesses.


Bush: U.S. Should Open Overseas Markets To U.S. Oil, Gas

September 29, 2015 10:31 am | by Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press

Bush has long said that opening domestic energy production is a key to sustained economic growth.


EPA Set To Tighten Smog Limits As Business Gears For Fight

September 29, 2015 10:22 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration's plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.


VW: 1.8M Commercial Vehicles, 700K SEAT Cars Affected

September 29, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen AG has admitted using a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissions tests in the U.S. It said last week the engines concerned are in some 11 million vehicles worldwide, far more than the 482,000 originally identified by U.S. authorities.


FedEx Hikes Fuel Surcharge, Shipping Rates

September 29, 2015 8:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Earlier this month, the Memphis-based parcel giant announced that shipping rates would increase by an average of 4.9 percent early next year.


GE, Citing Export-Import Bank Impasse, To Move 350 Jobs To Canada

September 29, 2015 8:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decision will result in 350 lost jobs in a Milwaukee suburb. GE said the announcement was the fourth time this month that the company was forced to establish jobs overseas in order to gain access to needed financing.


U.S. Consumer Spending Up 0.4 Percent In August

September 28, 2015 3:45 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of economic activity, and the latest result supports expectations for it to remain strong in the second half of this year.


Takata Airbag Recalls Could Expand To Seven More Companies

September 28, 2015 3:40 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

So far about 23.4 million Takata driver and passenger airbag inflators have been recalled on 19.2 million U.S. vehicles sold by 11 different companies, including Honda and Fiat Chrysler.


New Tesla Factory To Double European Production

September 28, 2015 3:31 pm | by Katie Mohr, Associate Editor

Using parts manufactured in Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, the Tilburg facility will assemble upward of 90 cars daily, with room to expand.


German McDonald's Will Offer Company's First Organic Burger

September 28, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The "McB" burger will be available in Germany from Oct. 1 through Nov. 18. The beef patty will reportedly be 100 percent organic and sourced from farms in Germany and Austria.


Volvo Breaks Ground On $500M South Carolina Plant

September 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press

Company officials said foundation work will begin early next year and the first vehicles are expected to roll off the plant's production line in 2018.


Shell To Cease Alaska Offshore Arctic Drilling

September 28, 2015 11:19 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press

The announcement represents a big change of heart from Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project and cheered the news.


Alcoa Splitting Into 2 Companies

September 28, 2015 11:06 am | by The Associated Press

The split is part of a wider movement by companies to spin off units in a bid to boost shareholder value. Often, the strategy helps free the stronger part of a company's business from a weaker segment.


Volkswagen Faces Major Legal Trouble In Emissions Scandal

September 28, 2015 11:00 am | by Michael Biesecker and Eric Tucker, Associated Press

Legal experts say the German automaker is likely to face significant legal problems, including potential criminal charges, arising from its admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles sold worldwide contained software specifically designed to help cheat emissions tests.



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