WORKPLACE SAFETY

OSHA fines Akron company

The federal government announced a fine of more than $100,000 for an Akron manufacturer for safety violations after an employee at the business lost three fingers in an accident earlier this year.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release it will fine Ohio Gasket & Shim Co. $103,600 for one “willful” safety violation and 12 “serious” safety violations. The government said a 33-year-old employee lost three fingers while operating a mechanical power press that did not have required safety guards.

Ohio Gasket & Shim is a metal stamping and metal fabrication company on Evans Avenue. The company has the right to appeal the findings and seek a conference with OSHA representatives.

AUTOS

Feds revisit self-driving cars

Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public’s hands.

Just two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation struck a cautious tone. With the technology’s rapid development, federal policy will be updated, agency spokeswoman Suzanne Emmerling said in a news release.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has ordered his department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to revise the policy “to reflect today’s technology and his sense of urgency to bring innovation to our roads that will make them safer,” Emmerling wrote Monday.

REAL ESTATE

U.S. home prices increase

U.S. home prices rose in September from a year earlier at the fastest pace in 13 months as a lack of houses for sale has forced buyers to bid up available properties.

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 5.5 percent in September compared with a year ago, the largest annual gain since August 2014.

Steady job gains and low mortgage rates have propelled a solid rebound in home sales, which are on track to reach the highest level since 2007. The unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in October as employers added the most jobs since December.

FOOD

General Mills sets egg goal

General Mills has set a deadline for its conversion to all cage-free eggs by 2025.

The Minnesota company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July.

But it updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish the 10-year time frame.

McDonald’s, which buys two billion eggs a year, set a goal in September to buy all cage-free eggs in 10 years. Other companies going cage-free include Burger King and Starbucks.

SOFT DRINKS

Nonprofit denies Coke’s clout

A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work.

But emails obtained by the Associated Press show the world’s largest beverage maker was instrumental in shaping the Global Energy Balance Network, which is led by a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Coke helped pick the group’s leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested articles and videos for its website.

When contacted by the AP about the emails, Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a news release that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency with regard to the company’s involvement with the Global Energy Balance Network.”

The Atlanta company told the AP it has accepted the retirement of its chief health and science officer, Rhona Applebaum, who initially managed the relationship with the group.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.