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EU Assembly Backs Tougher Vehicle Tests

October 27, 2015 12:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Reports said that the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the tougher testing protocol to be in place by the end of 2017 as the European Commission prepares for a closed-door vote on Wednesday.


Retired Dow Employees Blame Radiation Exposure For Cancer

October 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two former employees of a St. Louis-area Dow Chemical plant say that they developed multiple cancers following exposure to radioactive materials while on the job.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls Nearly 94K Jeeps Due To Fire Risk

October 27, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

The company looked into the problem after U.S. regulators got two complaints about smoke and fire in certain 2015 Jeep Cherokees.


GM Recalling 1.4M Cars; Oil Leaks Can Cause Engine Fires

October 27, 2015 10:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn't work.


Chinese Company Pays More Than $1B For Texas Oil Fields

October 27, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Assets in the U.S. energy sector are increasingly attractive amid dramatically lower crude oil prices, particularly as Chinese firms look overseas due to the country's sluggish economy and the dominance of state-owned companies in its energy sector.


Walmart Seeks Federal Approval For Drone Delivery Tests

October 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The FAA has not authorized drones for commercial purposes, but the agency — after complaints from — earlier this year indicated that it would grant expedited exemptions if an application mirrored a previously approved filing.


Toyota Retakes Top Spot In Global Sales Ranking From Scandal-Hit VW

October 26, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press

​Toyota Motor Corp. retook the top spot in global vehicle sales for the January to September period of 2015, data showed Monday, after surrendering it to Germany's Volkswagen AG now stung by an emissions scandal.


Nissan Expands Fuel Leak Recall To 59K Sedans

October 26, 2015 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that in a crash, fuel could leak from a seal between the gas tank and the fuel sending unit. That could cause a fire.


U.K. Professor: Women Don’t Understand Science Behind Fracking

October 26, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Averil Macdonald, an emeritus professor at the University of Reading and the newly appointed chair of United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas, told The Times of London that many U.K. women likely ended their study of science at age 16 and “don’t understand” the science behind hydraulic fracturing.


USDA Panel Backs Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn

October 26, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new corn variety would reportedly protect against worms that attack the plant's root systems, as well as resist the common herbicide glyphosate.


Lawmakers Accuse ExxonMobil Of Downplaying Climate Data

October 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two Democratic congressmen are asking the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil over the petroleum giant's climate change research from the 90s.


Report: Europe A Model For Government Promotion Of Low-Carbon Manufacturing

October 26, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released analysis says that although the global manufacturing sector is developing more environmentally friendly practices, government mandates are needed to broadly accelerate those efforts.


United Auto Workers, General Motors Reach Contract Agreement

October 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The UAW said the agreement was reached at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, 16 minutes before the deadline it had set to either reach an agreement or call a strike at GM's U.S. plants.


Lumber Liquidators To Pay Record Fine Over Illegal Timber

October 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The penalty includes criminal and civil fines, along with payments to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund.


Tech Companies Face Rocky Road On The Way To Making Cars

October 23, 2015 2:30 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.


Report: Kellogg In Talks To Acquire Diamond

October 23, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although Kellogg is primarily known for cereal brands such as Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and Froot Loops, the Post reports that snacks now account for more sales than breakfast foods.


Wisconsin City Looks To Move On From GE Plant

October 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

GE last month announced that it would build a new state-of-the-art gas engine plant north of the border and close the more than 100-year old plant in a Milwaukee suburb.


Ben & Jerry's, New Belgium Introduce Beer-Flavored Ice Cream

October 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The ice cream concoction — named Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale — will feature ale-flavored ice cream with fudge brownies and ribbons of caramel.


Growth In Mexican Auto Industry Creates Opportunities, Challenges For U.S. Suppliers

October 23, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

American auto suppliers that are considering joining the burgeoning Mexican automotive sector need to make decisions in short order, according to a leading industry consultant.


Caterpillar Weighed Down By Slowing Global Economic Growth

October 23, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

The construction and mining equipment maker lowered its full-year earnings forecast with expectations that the costs of restructuring the company will rise sharply.



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