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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 3:31 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.               

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Increases to 23

September 30, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals on Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. Of those, 23 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments, up from 21 last week.

Toyota Recalls 690K Pickups

September 30, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.                               

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 29, 2014 9:50 am | by Adam Reidel | Articles | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 

Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 29, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.                 

Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From the Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast and attract foreign investors, a challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines.

Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars

September 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.                                     

Chrysler Recalls Vehicles To Fix Ignition Switches

September 26, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.                                   

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North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.            

Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 4:22 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall, but a safety advocate claims this is not enough.               

Peanut Butter Prompts M&M's Recall

September 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M'S Brand Theater Box as it may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.           

GM Experts Now Reporting 21 Deaths Eligible for Compensation

September 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21.                                         

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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

CT Panel Quizzes Millstone Over Safety

September 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A citizens' panel that oversees safety issues at Millstone Power Station closely questioned representatives of the nuclear plant about whether three recent federal inspections signal a problem with the plant's operation.         

Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                               

FDA Changes Food Safety Rules for Next Year

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business.                                       

IL Delays Decision on Fracking Rules

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A legislative panel said that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.                    

Self-Driving Cars Now Require a Permit in California

September 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 computer-driven vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

Nonprofit Files Lawsuit Notice for Kingsport Ammunition Plant

September 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.                               

19 Deaths Ruled Eligible for Compensation By GM

September 15, 2014 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' compensation expert in cases involving faulty ignition switches has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from the company.                       

Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiesta Latches

September 15, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.                                    

HP Fined For Bribery Of Russian Officials

September 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges that former employees bribed Russian government officials for a contract, and the company has been fined $58.7 million.                   

Toyota Recalls 130,000 Pickups

September 11, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 130,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags.                                  

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