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U.S. Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 20, 2015 1:51 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall.


Bay Area Thieves Target Prius Batteries

May 20, 2015 12:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Hybrid car batteries are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves in the San Francisco area. 


Thousands of Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.


Fiat Chrysler CEO: Company Will Adapt to Strict Safety Rules

May 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday.


What You Need To Know About the Takata Airbag Recall

May 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recall of airbags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history.


How One Company Could Save the Fracking Industry

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia and its allies, in an effort to protect their market share, led OPEC to increase oil production from those nations' conventional wells. The cartel predicted that the boom in U.S. production from higher-cost fracking wells would end in 2015. But if a Denver company has its way, foreign competitors may not be able to undercut U.S. drilling operations for much longer.


The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.


Industrial Accident Claims NC Metalworker

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Carolina officials say a metalworker died last week after he was struck by a tool ejected from heavy machinery.


Dual Piston Pumps for Low Pulsation Requirements

May 19, 2015 4:29 pm | by Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSI) | Product Releases | Comments

The Scientific Systems, Inc. released the LD Class Pump. According to the company, it consists of dual-headed, positive displacement piston pumps, delivering unmatched performance for analytical, flash, and small-scale preparative chromatography applications.

Reducing Employee Turnover is Just Smart Business

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by National Service Alliance, LLC | Articles | Comments

Each time a worker leaves, it can cost an employer $1,000 in recruiting, orientation, and basic training costs to bring in a replacement. Here are tips to help bring those numbers down.


Takata Airbag Recall Doubles to Nearly 34M

May 19, 2015 2:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, Macy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.


Tesla Door Handles Shutting Out Buyers

May 19, 2015 2:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Consumer Reports says Tesla’s new $127,000 Model S is undriveable, mainly because they can’t get behind the wheel to drive it due to malfunctioning door handles.


Senate Rejects More Aid for Workers Who Lose Jobs to Trade

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by David Espo, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama.


ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.


U.S. Investigating Nissan Versa for Alleged Safety Defect

May 19, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact after getting reports that a coil spring in the front suspension can fracture and cut the tires.



May 19, 2015 1:33 pm | by LED LENSER | Product Releases | Comments

The F1R is the most powerful, compact flashlight from LED LENSER.

Texas Ban on Local Fracking Restrictions Signed into Law

May 19, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Local governments in Texas may no longer restrict fracking operations within their jurisdictions following Gov. Greg Abbott's signature of legislation Monday.


Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 104

May 19, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 104.


World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of red meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling Monday.


Airbus Orders Checks on A400M Electronic Systems

May 19, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the Airbus A400M military transport plane that crashed in Spain this month has warned air forces flying the plane to carry out checks on its electronic systems before the next flights.



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