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Governor: Detroit Bankruptcy Officially Ending

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit is formally emerging from bankruptcy, marking the end of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday. Snyder said during a news conference that the city's bankruptcy will officially end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but that paperwork...

Lawmakers To Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make...

Company President In Chemical Spill Facing Charges

December 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top executive charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water lied about his role with the company to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits, according to an FBI affidavit. Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly told...

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Supreme Court: No Pay For Time Spent At Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 11:58 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous decision is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other companies that...

High Court Rejects BP Appeal Of Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted...

Judge Approves $10.5M Sale Of Maine Mill

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankruptcy court judge has approved the $10.5 million sale a shuttered paper mill in Old Town, Maine, to a Wisconsin company that wants to reopen it. Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, said it plans to reopen the Old Town...

Japan: Auto Recall Overhaul Needed For Global Woes

December 5, 2014 2:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place...

CA Nuke Plant Key In Quake Safety Review

December 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by Kevin Freking, Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if its operating rules are sufficient in light of earthquake risks, a former California state senator says. Sam Blakeslee argues in testimony to be submitted...

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Justices To Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

December 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is taking up a pregnancy discrimination case with the potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout their pregnancies. The case before the justices Wednesday involves a former driver for United Parcel Service who wanted a temporary assignment...

Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The company laid out its position in a Tuesday letter to the National Highway...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says... 

Jurors To Hear Steve Jobs Testimony At Apple Trial

December 1, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. Attorneys for consumers and electronics retailers claim Apple Inc. used software in its iTunes store that forced would-be song...

Woman Cleared In Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn...

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Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take...

NM Lawmakers Grill Spaceport Boss

November 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded more details Thursday about how the New Mexico Spaceport Authority plans to succeed now that the nearly quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America stands empty and commercial fights by anchor tenant Virgin Galactic have been delayed indefinitely. Members of a legislative finance...

Japan Orders Air Bag Maker To Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to...

Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 6:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding Takata air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,...

Honda: Apology, Admission In Air Bag Hearing

November 20, 2014 3:44 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the...

CA Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 19, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. The Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to...

Group Sues Kingsport Army Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water. The lawsuit filed Monday asks a federal judge to order the U.S. Army and contractor BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. to immediately stop the illegal...

VT Fights Industry's Bid To Block GMO Law

November 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington...

Judge: KY Must Approve Sale Of Alcohol Distributor

November 14, 2014 6:10 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to approve the sale of a small distributor to Anheuser-Busch in a decision that could lead to legislative fight when the General Assembly returns in January. Franklin circuit court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ordered the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage...

SAP To Pay Oracle $359M To End Legal Battle

November 14, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.                       

Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

Louisiana Agency Looking To Sue Oil, Gas & Pipeline Companies

November 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas, and pipeline companies are heading to court to make their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a south Louisiana levee board. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year, arguing that coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to...

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