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Senator Calls for Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | News | Comments

The senator is challenging the so-called Third Party Doctrine. It holds that citizens' information in the hands of third parties, like phone companies, becomes business records and is not subject to the same rigorous search-warrant process as other personal effects.

China: Mercedes Guilty of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.               

FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                           

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Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 11, 2014 11:01 am | by Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.      

Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

EPA Regulations and American Manufacturing

August 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:50 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's products were blamed for the deaths on nine Americans and for sickening hundreds nationwide. Now the company's former owner and two others are standing trial in a rare instance of corporate officers and workers being prosecuted in a food poisoning case.

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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 2:54 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations

August 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.             

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.             

GM Says It's Making Progress To Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government said that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.                          

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China To Ban All Coal Use in Beijing

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                         

Colorado Considers New Look for Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.                    

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

Sanctions Will Damage Russia If Not Lifted Quickly

July 30, 2014 1:29 pm | by Laura Mills and Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.     

Steel Mill Fined $135K for Emission Sensors

July 30, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.             

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.                                    

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                    

Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.         

House Panel Clears Way for Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 25, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.   

Gun Law Forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.               

China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China approved a $4 billion credit line and a flurry of new cooperative agreements Monday with Venezuela, its chief economic partner in Latin America.                             

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