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Chrysler To Recall 1.2M Ram Trucks

November 11, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

FDA Seeks Faster Warning Updates For Generic Drugs

November 11, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a rule change to allow generic drugmakers to quickly update their warning labels with new safety information for doctors and patients.                     

Pilot's Widow Sues Copter Maker

November 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The widow of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash on Molokai in 2011 is suing the aircraft's manufacturer, saying defective design caused the crash that killed all five people aboard.                    

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Ark. Steel Mill Appeal Tentatively Set

November 8, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An administrative law judge has tentatively scheduled a March 28 hearing on the appeal of an air permit issued for a planned $1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County.  Nucor Steel, which has two steel plants in Mississippi County, is appealing the air permit issued to Big River Steel.

Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.

U.S. Safety Agency Probes VW SUV Lighting Problem

November 8, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the outside lights can go out unexpectedly.  The probe affects 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.             

OSHA Cites NH Company For 21 Violations

November 7, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a New Hampshire textiles company is facing $115,000 in fines for 21 serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Hampton plant.         

FDA To Ban Trans Fats

November 7, 2013 10:20 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA plans to announce later Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.

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Cargill To Label Meat After 'Pink Slime' Uproar

November 6, 2013 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef after the ingredient came under attack as "pink slime" last year.  It says packages will note when a product "Contains Finely Textured Beef."     

EPA Reports Progress In Hudson River Cleanup

November 6, 2013 9:56 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $2 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River is proceeding briskly and could finish in two years, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Tuesday.                           

J&J To Pay $2.2B To Settle Marketing Allegations

November 4, 2013 1:58 pm | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday.

Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires

November 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and other groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures for the plants filed a motion Friday seeking an extension of the restraining order.      

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Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty In $5M Fire Fraud

November 1, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The former CEO of a company that made fire-resistant building blocks has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $5 million from people who lost their homes in two wildfires. The Santa Barbara News-Press reports 64-year-old Penny Estes entered her plea to 28 counts on Thursday. She could face nearly 40 years in prison when she's sentenced.

Ford Recalls Ambulances Because Engines Can Stop

November 1, 2013 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press, Reuters | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450 and F-550 "Super Duty" ambulances have 6.7-Liter diesel engines. They're from the 2011 and 2012 model years.         

Judge Denies City’s Bid To Close Sriracha Plant

November 1, 2013 10:21 am | by John Rogers, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.   

FDA: Imported Spices Have Double Salmonella Risk

October 31, 2013 2:17 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a report released Wednesday, the FDA says testing of imported spices between 2007 and 2010 showed that spices were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be contaminated with the pathogen.  More than 80 different types of salmonella were detected.

Fight Over Odor At Sriracha Plant Heats Up

October 30, 2013 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It looked like things were really starting to heat up for this little Southern California factory town when the maker of the Sriracha chili sauce known the world over decided to open a sprawling 650,000-square-foot factory within its borders.   

Wyo. OSHA Seeks $700K In Penalties Vs. Sinclair

October 30, 2013 10:06 am | by by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

 State safety regulators announced Tuesday they are seeking $707,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. after alleging 22 safety violations at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming, including a toxic gas release that sickened dozens of workers in May.

Judge Approves Settlement With Wis. Manufacturer

October 29, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against a Madison manufacturer by a group of its neighbors. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb approved the settlement Monday against Madison-Kipp. Under the settlement reached in July, the 32 homes will receive money and pollution control equipment.

Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent litigation is the latest in a years-long battle between DuPont and residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley, in the heart of Appalachia along the Ohio River.               

Growing Number Of Federal Regulations Continue To Challenge Manufacturers

October 24, 2013 2:37 pm | News | Comments

NERA Economic Consulting’s update of a report commissioned by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) shows that manufacturing regulatory costs increased an average of 7.6 percent per year since 1998 compared with average growth of 0.4 percent for manufacturing output.

GSK Sales In China Tumble Amid Bribery Probe

October 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The company was hit by allegations by the Chinese government that four of its employees paid bribes to doctors and hospitals to encourage them to prescribe medications.                        

Second Tritium Leak Reported At S.C. Nuke Plant

October 23, 2013 11:54 am | by AP | News | Comments

The spill hasn't made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators.                                                

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