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May 11, 2021 2 min

A couple in Pennsylvania is taking Solar Roof to court and attempting to initiate a class-action lawsuit against the Tesla subsidiary.

It seems that after agreeing to a price of just over $46,000 to have their entire roof outfitted with Tesla panels for generating solar energy — and re-financing their home to pay for it — the couple put down a $100 deposit and waited for Tesla to contact them.

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A jury has awarded three veterans a total of $7.1 million after a case against 3M went to trial. At issue are earplugs.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the resolution last week, when a Florida jury agreed with the plaintiffs who said that 3M failed to warn users of product defects relating to its earplugs.

The earplugs in question are called Combat Arms, a product designed for soldiers that 3M actually acquired from another ma...

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May 5, 2021 1 min

One of the smaller pieces of news coming out of the Shanghai Auto Show last week was the unveiling of new, and more colorful versions of China’s most popular electric car.

Standing out more than the new yellow, pink and green versions of the Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV is its price tag. Introduced last summer at base prices of under $4,400, the new models will be staying as light on the pocket book as they do no the road.

While the sca...

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Among other lessons, the past year has shown the serious consequences of the decades-long inability to get modern broadband communications to rural or remote communities.

Too many parts of the country still don’t have access to broadband even as some cities rocket into the 5G age, but there’s no easy fix: installing towers, cables and other necessary infrastructure is expensive — particularly when they need to be routed over great d...

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An Oklahoma manufacturer of prefabricated steel structures will pay more than $430,000 to settle dozens of apparent violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, federal officials announced this week.

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, Alliance Steel of Oklahoma City outsourced engineering work to an Iranian company at least 61 times between late 2013 and late 2018.

Officials said that when Alliance was unable to handle engineering w...

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May 5, 2021 1 min

Huawei is one of the world’s most prominent consumer electronics and telecommunications companies.

It’s also the first global tech giant to emerge from China — a fact that put a target on its back from governments wary of Beijing’s influence and motives. The U.S., in particular, imposed sanctions that prevented the company form using U.S.-made technology — including Google’s Android platform — and put pressure on its allies to look ...

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Based in Paris, Illinois, North American Lighting manufactures automotive lighting systems.

On Nov. 14, 2020, an accident at the company's Advanced Forward Lighting Plant left an employee severely injured.

According to the Department of Labor, a master maintenance technician suffered severe facial burns when pressurized material in a B-13 plastic molding machine exploded.

OSHA investigated the accident and found that North America...

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Typically, a story involving smugglers and a high-speed boat chase through the harbors of Hong Kong would be fuel for a Jason Statham movie surrounding organized crime, guns and/or drugs.

Post-pandemic however, we’re not talking about nefarious substances or weapons. Rather, a report on DigitalTrends.com links these events to approximately 300 stolen Cryptocurrency Mining Processors made by Santa Clara, CA-based Nvidia. 

The cards in...

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Ford is making its first foray into long-range, fully electric vehicles with the Mustang Mach-E, an SUV based on its iconic sports car that drew rave reviews as thousands of deliveries began in recent months.

But a new report highlights the types of headaches that likely await automakers as they transition to more and more electrified fleets.

The Mach-E, which starts at more than $40,000, boasts a range of 300 miles per charge, but i...

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If you order fries from a fast-food establishment during April, don’t be shocked if they tell you they’re out of ketchup.

Yes, as just the latest food commodity facing major disruption due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, America is currently facing a ketchup packet crisis.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, restaurants nationwide are scrambling to find supply of ketchup packets that have been depleted amid more Americ...

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On Wednesday, March 31st, 49-year-old Cody Easterday pleaded guilty to a $244 million scam to defraud Tyson Foods and another unnamed company. 

According to the Department of Justice, the Washington man charged the companies to purchase and feed hundreds of thousands of cattle. The only problem was, they didn't exist. 

Cody Easterday owns cattle feedyard Easterday Ranches and he agreed to buy and feed more than 200,000 cattle on ...

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The gearheads over at Jalopnik usually take to new auto development with a critical eye, so when their observations reach the level of aggrandized headlines, well… it’s worth taking a look.
In this case, it relates to the automaker Genesis, a division of Hyundai headquartered in Fountain Valley, California -- and what Jalopnik refers to as “the hottest concept car in a decade.” And they’re not alone in their praise. Top Gear called ...

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April 6, 2021 2 min

For years, automakers have increased their focus on trucks and SUVs as much for their higher profit margins as the heavy demand from car buyers.

Even the cheapest trucks in the North American market will set you back more than $25,000, and the prices for a leading pickup with all the bells and whistles — say, a Chevrolet Silverado High Country from General Motors — start at more than double that amount. 

An ocean away, however, GM is...

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April 6, 2021 1 min

Whenever the conversation between my follow comic book nerds turns to the topic of super powers, my first choice is always the ability to fly. Maybe that’s why the concept of an individual jetpack has always intrigued me.

And now, finally, it seems that the U.S. military is getting serious about the potential of such a piece of equipment for its soldiers.

Earlier this month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, as...

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After more than a half-century of making cars for General Motors, the automaker closed down the local assembly plant in 2019 — then announced it would sell the factory to a newly formed electric vehicle maker bearing the city’s name. Although Lordstown Motors Corp. would employ a fraction of GM’s former workforce, the company appeared poised to leap into the nascent market for electric pickups with its Endurance model — slated to b...

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Back in 2018, a sanitation worker lost one finger and fractured another when his hand got caught in the crimping bar of a jammed ice cream wrapping machine at New Jersey-based Fieldbrook Foods Corporation.

It happened again this past September, when a maintenance mechanic lost two fingers while trying to repair the same machine.

OSHA reported March 15 that when it investigated in September, it found that Fieldbrook willfully failed t...

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March 12, 2021 2 min

Harley-Davidson has a problem, and it’s one many of us have: there’s something about Gen Z it just doesn't get. 

But for Harley, it’s more than just a disconnect with the TikTok generation: The last time Harley reported the average age of its customer, it was 48… which means Harley isn’t reaching Millennials either. And the results of this gap means America’s most notable bike brand is struggling big time to broaden its niche.

On...

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From July 2016 to May 2019 Izaak Kemp worked as a contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory and National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

During his time at the base, which oversees the development of advanced laser and hypersonic weaponry, military satellites, and space vehicles, Kemp enjoyed a Top Secret clearance. This would seem to mesh with his educational background of a Maste...

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Fisker Inc., a company that describes itself as a designer and manufacturer of the "world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles," has announced a memorandum of understanding with Foxconn to develop a new electric vehicle.

Codenamed "Project PEAR" — Personal Electric Automotive Revolution — the plan calls for Fisker and Foxconn to collaborate on a new vehicle. Foxconn hopes to make more than 250,000 ...

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I don’t think it would be biased in any way to say that Ford knows how to make a good pickup truck. 

Their F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. since 1976 and the best-selling overall vehicle in America since 1981. 

That’s why it came as a surprise when the company recently announced that it would need to recall 87,350 F-150 and Super Duty Trucks due to windshields that, according to the company, "are inadequately bo...

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