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Lawmakers In California Reject Sugary Drink Warnings

June 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.               

Ben & Jerry's Helping Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight

June 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.        

Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 10:18 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom.          

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Boeing Union Joins Fight Over Wash. Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be.                    

Tesla Vote in N.J. Moves to Senate

June 17, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would allow zero-emission carmakers to sell directly to consumers in that state.                                 

Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping by U.S.

June 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.         

Tighter Trucking Regulations Proposed After Accident That Injured Actor

June 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.                 

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company Facing More Violations

June 16, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Charleston company faces state violations after a storm water collection trench overflowed at the same site where chemicals spilled into West Virginia's largest water supply in January.                  

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GM Recalls Camaros for Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                                          

Feds Cut Red Tape Between Brewers, Beer Drinkers

June 13, 2014 1:38 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months.                               

Court Rules for Pom Wonderful in Coke Dispute

June 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with juice maker Pom Wonderful in its long-running false advertising dispute with Coca Cola, a decision that could open the door to more litigation against food makers for deceptive labeling.       

Nebraska Manufacturer Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                        

AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                                      

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EU Investigates Apple, Starbucks, Fiat Tax Deals

June 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes.   

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.       

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.                    

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.                          

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