March 13, 2019 / 6:00 AM / 5 months ago

PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - March 13

March 13 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

- With more countries grounding Boeing Co jets and with lawmakers, aviation workers and consumers calling on the United States to do the same, Boeing's Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg in a personal appeal told U.S. President Trump that the 737 Max 8 jets were safe and did not need to be grounded.

- Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk responded to the accusation that he violated a fraud settlement with the U.S. securities regulator by declaring that the regulator was trying to muzzle him.

- U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc said it would expand a program that passes drug discounts directly to consumers, a move that could lower costs for many who have struggled with high deductible payments and other out-of-pocket expenses.

- Volkswagen AG plans to rapidly increase its production of electric cars as it tries to transform itself from an emissions cheat to a leader in bringing battery-powered transportation to the masses. (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)

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