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Ford to invest $500M in electric vehicle startup Rivian

Apr. 24, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is sinking a half-billion dollars into electric vehicle startup Rivian in a deal that has the companies working together on a new Ford electric vehicle based on Rivian underpinnings. Ford will become a minority partner in Rivian, which is based outside of Detroit and recently rolled out...

Woman killed when she falls into meat grinder at work

Apr. 24, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed when she fell into a meat grinder at a processing plant in northern Pennsylvania. It's not clear what caused the accident at the Economy Locker Storage Company in Muncy. The Lycoming County coroner's office says 35-year-old Jill Greninger apparently fell...

Food makers in Europe get letters with poisoning threats

Apr. 24, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Major food companies in Italy and Denmark have received letters containing an unidentified powder and written threats requesting they pay money or risk having their products poisoned, authorities said Wednesday. Danish police said the letters in Denmark contained "a hazardous...

Tesla CEO heads down perilous road in pursuit of profit

Apr. 24, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

Tesla has lost nearly $6 billion since setting out to revolutionize the auto industry 15 years ago, but CEO Elon Musk foresees a profitable future fueled in part by a ride-hailing service made up of electric cars driven by robots. The mind-blowing concept is something Musk first outlined in a master plan three...

Kentucky school system warns kids about vaping dangers

Apr. 24, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's largest public school system is launching a campaign to warn students about vaping. The campaign with Jefferson County Schools is focused on educating students that vaping is not safe. JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio described the campaign. He says vaping equals...

Nissan slashes profit amid Ghosn scandal, lagging sales

Apr. 24, 2019 3:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan cut its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March on Wednesday to reflect slowing sales, higher costs and the fallout from a criminal investigation of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Nissan Motor Co. expects to post a 319 billion yen ($2.9 billion) profit for the fiscal year,...

Garrett Popcorn sues ex-employee it says stole its recipes

Apr. 23, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The owner of a famed Chicago popcorn business has sued a former employee, accusing her of stealing thousands of files including information about its secret recipes. Garrett Popcorn Shops filed the federal lawsuit Monday against Aisha Putnam, one of three people the company says knows the...

S&P 500, Nasdaq close at record highs as earnings roll in

Apr. 23, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

The S&P 500 hit an all-time high Tuesday, marking the stock market's complete recovery from a nosedive at the end of last year. The benchmark index's previous record was set last September, shortly before the market sank in the fourth quarter amid fears of a recession, an escalating trade war between the U.S....

US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

Apr. 23, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles equipped with bags that may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths. Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai,...

Google self-driving unit Waymo picks Detroit factory site

Apr. 23, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo says it will reopen an axle plant in Detroit to convert conventional vehicles so they can drive autonomously. The company says it will lease a now-closed American Axle & Manufacturing plant north of downtown so it can convert the vehicles, mostly...