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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Appeal of Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included some who haven't actually suffered any injury related to the spill.            

2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

Japan: Recall System Overhaul Needed for Global Auto Woes

December 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode.             

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Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development in the U.S. West

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Mead Gruver & Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse, according to government data.   

Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.                 

Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

Air Bag Maker Balks at Coast-to-Coast Recall

December 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.     

Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

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Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 2, 2014 10:19 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling.                               

GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

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FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick,The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

Mazda Recalls Cars to Fix Tire Pressure Monitors

November 25, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling nearly 100,000 midsize cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.                                      

U.S. Closes Ford Steering Probe Without Recall

November 25, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into steering problems in more than 500,000 Ford full-size cars without seeking a recall.                               

Government Tells Chrysler to Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

Senators Get No Clear Answers on Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

Toyota Recalls Nearly 432K Lexuses for Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

VW Recalls 442K Cars to Fix Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

Unilever Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

California Accuses BP of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new lawsuit alleges that BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state.                         

GM Extends Claims Deadline to Jan. 31

November 17, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims after the company came under fire because the family of a woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch. 

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