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U.S. Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

November 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration says fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriage hit metal road debris. The debris pierced the batteries and caused a thermal reaction and fires. In each case, the car warned the driver of the damage, and both escaped without getting hurt.

Milwaukee Food Plant Stops Production Amid Recalls

November 18, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August. The first was announced Aug. 30, after routine sampling of retail products by Michigan food safety officials detected Listeria bacteria.      

Boeing Plane Crashes In Russia, 50 Killed

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.

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UN Climate Chief Calls On Coal Industry To Change

November 18, 2013 10:04 am | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland's Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are warming the planet.

Colo. Mine Accident Kills 2, Injures 20

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.                  

Wal-Mart: 10 Bangladesh Factories Failed Audits

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry.

Gulf States Get First $113M From Oil Spill Fines

November 15, 2013 2:02 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the next five years, the foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive about $1.3 billion for barrier island and river diversion projects in Louisiana, $356 million each for natural resource projects in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, and $203 million for similar projects in Texas.

Japan Dials Back Climate Change Emissions Target

November 15, 2013 9:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8 percent from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25 percent reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo.

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Official: Tesla Factory Had Previous Violation

November 15, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.

It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

Gov't Fast Tracks New Safety Systems For Cars

November 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.                       

Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 1:36 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A pipeline operated by Chevron Corp exploded in rural Milford, Texas, on Thursday and while no injuries were reported residents of the town of 700 were asked to evacuate, said company and emergency officials.            

China Announces VW Recall Of 640,000 Vehicles

November 14, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government on Thursday announced the second recall of Volkswagen vehicles this year, a setback for the German automaker following a March report by state TV that criticized its quality standards.             

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Undetectable, 3D-Printed Guns A Law Enforcement Challenge

November 14, 2013 11:42 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.                      

ND Testing For Contamination At Spill Site

November 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials are working this week to verify that a 20,000-barrel oil spill in northwestern North Dakota didn't contaminate groundwater.                             

Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.  Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station was down when a turbine tripped due to a loss of a condenser vacuum.             

Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

November 13, 2013 1:39 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on a 97-1 vote, indicating its overwhelming support in the Senate. The legislation, passed by the House in September, also creates a national system for tracking prescription drugs from manufacturers to retail pharmacies. Final passage sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature could come as early as Wednesday.

Siemens Subsidiary Fined Over Russian Bribes

November 12, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss prosecutors say a subsidiary of Germany's Siemens AG has acknowledged it failed to prevent bribes being paid to a Russian gas company and agreed to pay nearly $11 million in fines.                   

EU Consumer Groups Wary Of Trade Accord With U.S.

November 12, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European consumer groups are worried about the effects of a proposed trade deal with the U.S., fearing a flood of risky or unsafe foodstuffs, medicines and other imports from America.                    

More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater.   

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.                    

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.

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