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Altria, Philip Morris Int'l Partnering On Products

December 23, 2013 8:54 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Altria Group Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. said Friday that they've entered into agreements related to marketing alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.             

Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 23, 2013 8:50 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government, academic and other researchers made comprehensive check-ups on 29 dolphins in Barataria Bay in August 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment — a federal process to determine the extent of damage and how to repair it. Barataria Bay was one of the areas where pelicans struggled in heavy slicks and thick globs of oil washed onto marshy islands between April and July 2010.

Honda Tops Insurance Industry Safety List

December 20, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system — such as warning systems or automatic braking — to get its highest designation. Vehicles are now ranked as either a "Top Safety Pick" or "Top Safety Pick +" if they meet the front crash protection criteria as well.

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New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected.                    

2014 National Safety Congress & Expo

December 19, 2013 2:29 pm | by The National Safety Council | Events

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals, designed to build awareness of the tools available to you and your organization as you continue down the path to safety excellence.

Manufacturing Newswire: Price Fixing, Tech Trends & NASA’s Superhero Robot

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss scandals facing some big businesses, as well as major updates from GM and Ford. We’ll also talk to LNS Research about 2014 tech trends in manufacturing, and take a look at NASA’s superhero robot.

OSHA Cites Kan. Tyson Plant For Severed Hand

December 18, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that in the last 10 years the plant has had seven serious violations, and that some of the most recent violations were "willful."  OSHA proposed the $147,000 fine for four violations found during its latest inspection.

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Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on Kurt Mix's case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.         

HP And Google Recall Charger Due To Burn Risk

December 18, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are recalling about 145,000 computer chargers because they can overheat and melt, creating a fire and burn hazard.  Consumers should stop using this product and contact Google for a free replacement charger, the commission said.

EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:32 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA filed a formal notice against Chevron finding 62 violations of federal environmental laws after an investigation spurred by the Aug. 6, 2012, fire.

BP Trial Winding Down

December 17, 2013 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Monday in Kurt Mix's trial on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix didn't testify. It started two weeks ago. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so that lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.                           

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Menards Recalls Christmas Trees Due To Fire Risk

December 17, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Menards, a chain of home-improvement stores in the Midwest, is recalling 1,800 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees because the lights may overheat, start a fire or cause an electric shock.                  

FDA Raises Safety Concerns On Antibacterial Soaps

December 16, 2013 1:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The agency said it is revisiting the safety of chemicals like triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting they can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The government's preliminary ruling lends new credence to longstanding warnings from researchers who say the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.

Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.  The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

Cars And Trucks Hit Record Gas Mileage In 2012

December 13, 2013 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon (10 liters per 100 kilometers) in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Toyota To Enter Settlement Negotiations

December 13, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California.  A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printing

December 13, 2013 1:14 pm | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

As a follow-up to the previous video about a manufacturing facility consisting entirely of 3D printers, reporter Ray Martin discusses the pros and cons of 3D Printing.  As part of his commentary, Martin talks to Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D printed gun.

Changes In 2014 Electrical Code

December 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mersen | News | Comments

The NEC codifies the requirements for safe electrical installations into a single, standardized source. It is part of the National Fire Codes series published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), and while not itself a U.S. law, NEC use is commonly mandated by state or local law. 

Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

Q&A: Protection Against Automotive Counterfeits

December 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, we had the chance to speak with Mark Prokosch, Vice President at Verify Brand.  Verify, a Minneapolis-based software as a service (Saas) brand protection company, recently announced enhancements to its cloud-based platform to combat counterfeiting in automotive supply chains. 

Brazil Gov't May Backtrack On Auto Safety Laws

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.       

Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

December 12, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.   

Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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