More coffee choices
Panera Bread is expanding its lineup of coffee products with new single-serve coffee cups to be brewed in Keurig and other coffee machines. Panera said the single-serve coffee varieties — dark roast, light roast, Colombia and hazelnut creme — are available in select U.S. retailers.
Kansas Blue Cross policies
The largest health insurance company in Kansas says it will offer another year of coverage under plans that it had expected to cancel because of the federal health care overhaul. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, which serves the state except for Johnson and Wyandotte counties, said it would notify about 10,000 policy holders that they can continue with their old, individual coverage. The company had sent the policyholders cancellation notices.
Johnson & Johnson said it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries. The agreement presented in U.S. District Court in Ohio is one of the largest ever for the medical device industry. It resolves some 8,000 cases of patients who needed to have the company's metal ball-and-socket hip implant removed or replaced. J&J pulled the implant from the market in 2010.
The National Highway Traffic Administration has opened an investigation into battery fires in Tesla Model S electric cars. The agency said fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriages hit metal road debris. The inquiry affects more than 13,000 cars from the 2013 model year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company asked the government to investigate, even though its cars catch fire at a far lower rate than gas-powered vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don’t have a steering problem that caused a recall in August. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren’t included in the August recall.
Ford will reveal an all new version of its Mustang sports car Dec. 5. This will be the sixth generation of the car, last fully redesigned in 2005. Ford promises a new design and greater refinement for the 2015 model.
Time Warner Cable subscribers will soon be able to watch shows from the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet online, including on tablets or smartphones. The agreement is the first time the channels’ owner, Discovery Communications, has agreed to make its shows broadly available for pay TV subscribers to stream online.
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