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U.S. Virgin Islands Sues Oil Company Over Shuttered Refinery

September 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

The small territory's government will not pay to challenge Hess, a $15 billion company. Instead, the Washington law firm it hired, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, will fund the lawsuit — and collect between 20 and 28 percent of any proceeds.


Sharp Drop In Auto Output Lowers U.S. Factory Production

September 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 percent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Extend Contract, Continue Negotiating

September 15, 2015 11:02 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The union's contract with the Italian-American automaker officially expired at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, but both sides agreed to extend it on an hour-by-hour basis while talks continued toward a new four-year agreement.


Boeing Rolls Out First Star Wars-Themed 787

September 15, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The design, first announced in April, is one of three ANA planes that will feature Star Wars characters under a five-year promotional agreement with Disney.


PepsiCo, SodaStream Expand Partnership

September 15, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The expanded partnership comes as both companies attempt to improve their recent financial results.


Google Names Auto Veteran To Lead Self-Driving Car Push

September 14, 2015 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press

Google is currently testing a small fleet of self-driving cars with no steering wheel. It plans to drive the cars thousands of miles on California highways and backstreets, teaching them all the tricks of driving.


Schumer Wants To Keep Drones Away From Airports, Major Events

September 14, 2015 3:31 pm | by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

Sen. Charles ​Schumer said he would introduce an amendment to a bill that funds the Federal Aviation Administration requiring drones sold or operated in the U.S. to have geo-fencing technology that would prevent them from operating within two miles of an airport or above 500 feet.


Shell Chemicals To Rehabilitate Proposed Plant Site Area

September 14, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press

The company has not announced whether it will build an ethane cracker plant in Potter Township but has been undertaking site preparation projects for potential development.


Fiat Chrysler CEO Skips Frankfurt Show; UAW Deal May Be Near

September 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The UAW's contracts with FCA, Ford and General Motors were set to expire at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday. Ford extended its contract indefinitely on Monday afternoon.


Report: Cybersecurity Market To Grow By Up To 25 Percent Annually

September 14, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The report said that cooperation between industry, government and research institutes will be critical to quickly developing comprehensive security management.


Report: Most Manufacturing Segments To Grow This Year

September 14, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook from the research arm of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation offered annual projections for 23 of the 27 segments tracked by the group.


OPEC Cuts Oil Production Forecast For U.S.

September 14, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. benchmark for oil fell 14 cents to $44.49 a barrel on Monday.


Seeking '16 Spark, Walker Proposes Vast Union Restrictions

September 14, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press

Labor law experts said such an effort, if successful, would substantially reduce the power of organized labor in America.


After Spill, Work Suspended At 10 Mine Sites

September 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Matthew Brown, Dan Elliott; Associated Press

Cleanup efforts on some of the mines have been going on for years yet remain unfinished, underscoring the complexity of a long-running attempt to address an estimated 500,000 abandoned mines across the U.S. Work on others was in the early stages.


Survey: U.S. Gasoline Price Drops 27 Cents Over 3 Weeks

September 14, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the pump price fell even though crude oil prices gained strength, as gasoline supply outweighed demand.


UAW Chooses Fiat Chrysler As Target In Contract Talks

September 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Fiat Chrysler — the smallest of the three companies — now becomes the focus of bargaining and could be hit with a strike if negotiations stall. A deal with FCA will also set a general pattern for contracts at General Motors and Ford.


Automakers Commit To Putting Automatic Brakes In All Cars

September 11, 2015 2:35 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Experts say the systems could prevent or mitigate an estimated 80 percent of rear-end collisions.


A Small Tweak To Pharmaceutical Production With A Big Environmental Impact

September 11, 2015 2:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The altered drug retained its helpful properties for high blood pressure but also degraded more quickly than it conventional form; initial testing also showed that the resulting byproducts were likely non-toxic.


Pipe Staged Ahead Of Permits For Proposed ND Oil Pipeline

September 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press

If approved, the Dakota Access Pipeline would move at least 450,000 barrels of North Dakota crude daily through South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, where shippers can access Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.


Researcher: SpaceX, NASA Partnership Could Bring Mars Samples To Earth

September 11, 2015 1:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Under the proposal presented to a Future In-Space Operations meeting, the Red Dragon would be fired into space attached to SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. 



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