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Mexico reinforces checks amid US pressure over migrant flow

Jun. 16, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

COMITAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities increased immigration enforcement along well-traveled routes for migrants in southern Mexico over the weekend, checking identifications, pulling migrants off public transport and intercepting four trucks packed with nearly 800 migrants. The National Migration...

Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejects unionization

Jun. 15, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and...

Former auto plant worker indicted in federal mail fraud case

Jun. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Kentucky auto plant worker accused of stealing parts from the facility and selling them online, profiting more than $250,000. News outlets report the 14 count indictment came down Thursday for Randall Perry. Court documents state Perry took...

Ford opens Israel tech lab in move toward driverless cars

Jun. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ford has opened a research center in Israel, joining a legion of major automakers racing to develop new technologies for the world of driverless cars. Chairman William Ford met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday as part of his visit, where he called Israel "ground zero" for...

Governor doesn't echo incentives warning in VW union vote

Jun. 13, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is not echoing warnings by fellow Republican officials that if a union vote passes at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, future talks about state incentives could become more difficult. Lee told reporters on Wednesday that he wants to see the United Auto Workers...

French state: we didn't veto Renault-Fiat Chrysler deal

Jun. 13, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister says the government didn't oppose a merger deal between carmaker Renault and Italian-American rival Fiat Chrysler. Speaking on FranceInfo news broadcaster, Bruno le Maire said the government's key priority is to strengthen the alliance of Renault with its longtime...

Uber tests drone food delivery, launches new autonomous SUV

Jun. 12, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers at a restaurant...

Senate panel votes to end most annual car emissions tests

Jun. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal is advancing that would end mandatory annual emissions inspections for Pennsylvania vehicles that are less than 9 years old. Pennlive.com reports the state Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted 9 to 5 to end the requirement, which costs about $40 on average....

GM sinks $150M into Michigan truck factory to boost output

Jun. 12, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it will spend $150 million so it can make more heavy-duty pickup trucks at its Flint, Michigan, assembly plant. The money will improve the factory's conveyor system and for other equipment to boost output. The factory builds heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC...

Volkswagen to take stake in battery cell maker Northvolt

Jun. 12, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is taking a stake in Swedish battery cell producer Northvolt AB and plans a joint factory in Germany ahead of increased production of electric vehicles next year. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would invest around 900 million euros ($1...