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At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

December 3, 2013 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

OSHA: Sentencing In Gunpowder Case Justified

December 2, 2013 1:58 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | News | Comments

Dr. David Michaels said, "[Craig] Sanborn recklessly ignored basic safety measures that would have protected their lives. His criminal conviction and sentence won't bring these men back to life, but it will keep him from putting workers' lives in peril."

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Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 9:54 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

7 Killed In Chinese-Run Factory In Italy

December 2, 2013 9:44 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory's roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said fire inspector Stefano Giannelli.

How Manufacturers Can Bring Down The Gavel On Legal Fees

November 29, 2013 8:09 am | by Stephen Rauf, Legal Services Lead at Procurian | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.

FAA Rule Requires Airlines To Avoid Certain Storms

November 27, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines that operate some Boeing Co. 787s and 747s will be required to steer clear of some very large thunderstorms under a new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration.                     

Toy Recalls Down, But Hazards Remain

November 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several toys with high lead levels or toys that could cause young children to choke were found at major retailers and discount stores in the last few months, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday. The consumer safety group analyzed 50 toys for its annual report. Violations were found in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America toy shield and play jewelry.

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Judge Orders Cool-Down At Calif. Hot Sauce Factory

November 27, 2013 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.           

FDA Overturns Safety Limits On Diabetes Drug

November 26, 2013 1:50 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The announcement represents a vindication of sorts for FDA leadership, including Woodcock, who only agreed to put restrictions on the pill after years of pressure from academics, safety advocates and several members of Congress.       

WTO Allows EU's 'Moral' Ban On Seal Products

November 26, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada and Norway had challenged the ban on the grounds that it was inconsistent. It grants exceptions to support indigenous Arctic communities that export limited amounts of seal products and to protect fisheries' nets and their catch.

Study: U.S. Spewing 50% More Methane Than EPA Says

November 26, 2013 9:26 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.   

Death Toll At 47 From Chinese Pipeline Explosion

November 25, 2013 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest oil refiner apologized Saturday for explosions from a ruptured oil pipeline that killed 47 people and injured 136 others in one of the country's worst industrial accidents of the year.               

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European Crackdown On Tax Cheats Proposed

November 25, 2013 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Commissioner Algirdas Semeta unveiled a plan Monday to stop companies avoiding taxes on subsidiaries' dividends in some EU nations because local laws classify the dividends as debt payments.               

Senator: Bangladesh Still Lags On Labor Rights

November 25, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

Bangladesh has yet to meet benchmarks set by the U.S. government for restoration of trade benefits suspended after a garment factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 people, an influential Democratic senator said Friday.       

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

November 25, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City News Service reports that Judge Robert O'Brien did agree Friday to take Irwindale's request for a preliminary injunction to close the plant under consideration. The judge didn't indicate when he might rule.           

Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser

November 25, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a 2-1 ruling Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a jury's finding that Taser International was negligent in the 2008 death of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner.                 

Network Of Electric Car Chargers Stalled In Calif.

November 22, 2013 1:17 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

More places to "refuel" would diminish worries of getting stranded with a dead battery, and widespread adoption of the cars would help the state meet ambitious air quality goals. Instead of Californians plugging in, however, progress has been plugged up: 110 of the 1,040 stations that NRG committed to installing by early December are ready.

Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010.                    

New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.  Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards were a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules.

3 Agree To Plead Guilty In Parts Price Fixing

November 22, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives in Japan's automotive parts industry have agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and two more have been indicted in the U.S. investigation, the government said Thursday. The plea agreements filed in Detroit and the indictment filed in Toledo were announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Bangladesh To Inspect Safety Of Garment Factories

November 21, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Bangladesh will begin inspecting its export-oriented garment factories to assess the building structures and how safe they are from fire and electrical accidents. The Labor Ministry said Thursday that the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology will inspect the factories using standards accepted by the government, factory owners and international buyers.

Louisiana Drug Lawsuit Brings In $238M

November 21, 2013 11:51 am | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies will pay the Louisina $88 million to resolve allegations they charged Louisiana's Medicaid program too much for their drugs, the final settlement reached in a 2010 lawsuit filed by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. 

Kia Recalling About 80,000 Vans To Fix Suspensions

November 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

Tyson To Drop Hog Supplier After Abuse Video

November 21, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.             

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