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Economy May 23Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection
Hertz has filed for bankruptcy protection, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company’s business.
Health May 09US approves new coronavirus antigen test with fast results
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday announced emergency authorization for antigen tests developed by Quidel Corp. of San Diego. The test can rapidly detect fragments of virus proteins in samples collected from swabs swiped inside the nasal cavity, the…
Economy Apr 23Despite risks, auto workers step up to make medical gear
Even though most of their factories are shut down to slow the spread of coronavirus, they have stepped up to help fill a critical shortage. Many would get most of their pay even if they stayed at home.
Politics Mar 31Trump administration to release final rule on mileage rollback
The Trump administration is expected to release a final rule Tuesday on mileage standards through 2026.
Economy Mar 30New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort
It's a move that would gut one of the nation's single-biggest efforts against climate change.
Health Mar 30GM says it’s already moving fast despite Trump’s use of wartime act
Experts on managing factory production say GM is already making an extraordinary effort for a company that normally isn't in the business of producing ventilators.
Economy Mar 27Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators
Trump says negotiations with General Motors had been productive, "but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course."…
Nation Mar 21Factories pivot to fight coronavirus, but challenges abound
General Motors, Ford, Rolls-Royce and other companies are talking to governments about converting idled factories to make vital goods to fight the coronavirus such as ventilators and surgical masks.
Science Feb 06U.S. lets autonomous vehicle bypass human-driver safety rules
For the first time, the U.S. government has approved a company's request to deploy a self-driving vehicle that doesn't meet safety standards that apply to cars and trucks driven by humans.
Nation Dec 20United pulls 737 Max until June, adding to Boeing woes
Airlines have already been dealing with delayed flight schedules tied to the Max, which was grounded worldwide after the second of two crashes of its jet.