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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:42 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland.                                     

Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Bus Crash Kills 10

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.     

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                          

BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.                            

GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                  

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Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                 

Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                  

Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

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Ford's 435,000 Vehicle Recall

April 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years.                  

Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

April 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                                   

U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

Lawmakers Rip GM's Barra In Hearing

April 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Here's just a sampling of lawmakers hammering General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a hearing over a delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions.                                  

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 10:07 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:24 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.              

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                      

UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                                 

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