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Proposed Novelty Lighter Ban Sparks Neb. Debate

January 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would prevent Nebraska retailers from selling the lighters, some of which resemble animals, tractors, blower dryers, and cameras and which sometimes make noise. Firefighting groups say the lighters are more likely to catch a child's eye, while opponents question whether they pose a greater threat than regular lighters or candles.

AP: New Regs Sought For Child Car Seats

January 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to upgrade standards for child seats for children weighing up to 40 pounds to include a new test that simulates a side crash. The agency estimates the standards will prevent the deaths of about five children and injuries to 64 others each year.

Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti, of Katy, Texas, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Barry Massey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.            

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

January 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Topping the list are plans to analyze the risks of oil trains that in recent years began passing regularly through major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The results could be used to alter some routes, government officials said. 

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Calif. Sued Over New Flame Retardant Regulations

January 17, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company is suing California to overturn new flammability standards for furniture and other products that allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants. Chemtura Corp. filed its suit Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying the state's new rules weaken fire safety standards.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

Review: Site's Groundwater, Soil Cleanup Working

January 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons has been effective so far and will continue for years, according to the first five-year review of the site.   

Prosecutors Join Forces To Investigate Monster

January 15, 2014 1:36 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monster and other popular energy drinks have come under increasing scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports of deaths linked to energy drinks, but the agency noted that the reports don't prove the drinks caused the deaths.

Beet Plant Shut For Inspection After Worker Death

January 15, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident. Twenty-eight-year-old worker Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she apparently fell into a piece of equipment that carries sugar beets into the factory.

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'Ghost Gun' Regulations Pushed In California Bill

January 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

Chinese Shoe Factory Fire Kills At Least 16

January 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China on Tuesday killed at least 16 people, state media reported. The blaze broke out at the Dadong factory in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province, state broadcaster CCTV said. Firefighters put it out about three hours later and rescued more than 20 people, it said.

Calif. Company Recalls 40,000 Lbs. Of Meat

January 14, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California company has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products because it was produced without a full federal inspection. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products.

Honeywell: Company Cooperating With DOJ Probe

January 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defense contractor Honeywell International Inc. said Sunday it is cooperating with a Department of Justice probe into the overseas production of equipment it provided for a U.S. fighter jet. The government inquiry involves electronics that Honeywell manufactured for the government's new F-35 fighter planes, which are designed to be the military's most advanced combat jets

Tyson Foods Recalls 33K Pounds Of Chicken Product

January 13, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

Spirit Of Cooperation Frays In Fracking Debate

January 10, 2014 1:12 pm | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

After environmentalists, lawmakers, and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model for other states and a rare example of political foes finding common ground on a complex issue.

CareFusion To Pay $40.1M In False Claims Case

January 10, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CareFusion Corp. has agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle allegations it paid kickbacks and promoted its medical technology products for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.                 

China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories

January 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To Bahrain Bribery

January 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. has pleaded guilty and the company will pay $384 million for paying bribes to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain through a London-based middleman. The corporate secretary for Alcoa World Alumina LLC pleaded guilty on behalf of the company on Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

EU Makes Carbon Pollution More Expensive

January 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union says it is beefing up its carbon trading system to make it more expensive for utilities and other businesses to burn fossil fuels. EU officials on Wednesday voted for a proposal that ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change.

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