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FBI says Sony workers getting email threats

LOS ANGELES – The FBI is investigating threatening emails sent to employees of Sony Pictures, which was hit by a disruptive cyberattack last week.

The FBI’s statement Friday doesn’t provide details.

However, Variety says a group that first hacked Sony on Nov. 24 is taking credit for an email, written in broken English, that demands employees object to “the false of the company.”

“If you don’t,” the message warns, “not only you but your family will be in danger.”

Messages to Sony representatives weren’t immediately returned.

Cyberattacks have put unreleased movies and personal employee information online.

Honda adds more cars to air bag investigation

Honda is increasing the number of U.S. vehicles affected by the Takata air bag issue to 6 million, the automaker confirmed Friday.

That’s up from the roughly 2.8 million Honda vehicles that the company previously thought were equipped with faulty air bag inflators, which can shoot metal into the cabin when the air bags deploy, causing potentially fatal injuries.

The defective inflators have killed five people in Honda vehicles alone, four of which have been in the United States.

Honda is still in the process of determining exactly how many of its vehicles have the faulty inflators, and whether they’re on just the driver’s side air bag or both the driver’s side and front passenger air bags, according to Honda spokesman Chris Martin.

Boeing on track for another great year

Boeing appears headed toward another banner year in aircraft sales and production with less than a month remaining in 2014.

The company, which produces most of its airliners in the Puget Sound area, has chalked up 1,274 net orders this year and could well exceed its total of 1,355 planes ordered in 2013. Boeing initially told analysts that it expected to sell some 1,100 planes this year.

Those sales and production figures put Boeing ahead of its European rival, Airbus, for 2014. Airbus is reporting it has generated net orders for 1,074 aircraft this year. It has delivered 554 planes.

Lilly theft case against two men dismissed

INDIANAPOLIS – Two former Eli Lilly and Co. employees who were accused of sending trade secrets worth more than $55 million to a competing Chinese drug company will no longer face charges, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.

The case against Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li, both of Carmel, collapsed after Indianapolis-based Lilly provided additional information to the U.S. Department of Justice that changed the facts of the case, according to court documents.

Cao and Li were arrested Oct. 1, 2013, and charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

The two men repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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