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Fight Continues Over Definition of Tennessee Whiskey

June 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style.                              

Auto Industry Tries to Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

To meet the U.S. government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg (19 kpl) by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.                                 

Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

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Former Japanese Exec Indicted for Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.               

3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 9:41 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.        

EPA Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon by 30 Pct.

June 2, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.                  

Americans Agree, EPA Regulations Go Too Far

May 29, 2014 9:52 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

According to a new poll conducted on behalf of the National Mining Association, more than 75% of Americans are concerned that new EPA regulations - specifically targetting coal power plants.                    

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New Safety Requirements for Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.   

EPA Considers Ethanol Change as Industry Profits Soar

May 20, 2014 9:33 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.             

EPA Announces Record $14M Fine for Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Pennsylvania.                          

Flooded Florida Panhandle Residents Sue International Paper

May 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of one flooded Panhandle neighborhood are blaming International Paper for their property damage.                                         

Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

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GSK Exec Accused Of Bribery In China

May 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese police Wednesday accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs.                 

UN Weighs Laws For 'Killer Robots'

May 13, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday.                              

Gov't Failed to Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells

May 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.                 

Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                           

Kellogg Settles Kashi Class-Action Suit

May 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg says it will no longer use the "All Natural" or "Nothing Artificial" labels on certain Kashi products as part of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit.                          

California Back In The Running For Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto-based Tesla has previously said just four states were in the running for the plant: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.                                  

GOP Examining Claim That EPA Is Blocking Probes

May 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA allegations are the latest under the Obama administration to question the effective independence of the government's inspectors general, who ostensibly operate on their own to investigate wrongdoing inside federal agencies.      

FAA Keeping Commercial Drones In Check

May 6, 2014 2:49 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Anybody can buy and operate drones, but it's illegal to make money using one. That's leading to frustration among businesses big and small.                                

Court Revives $10B Verdict In Cigarette Case

April 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois appellate court has reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA that found the cigarette-maker misled customers about "light" and "low tar" designations.       

States Afraid They Will Lose Power To Regulate Chemicals

April 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.       

Jury To Decide Apple Vs. Samsung Case

April 30, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After listening to a month's worth of testimony from expert witnesses hired by Apple and Samsung, a Silicon Valley jury was tasked with sorting out the latest legal dispute over technology between the world's two largest smartphone makers.  

Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 25, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance, and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago.  

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