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Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

GSK Exec Accused Of Bribery In China

May 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese police Wednesday accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs.                 

UN Weighs Laws For 'Killer Robots'

May 13, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday.                              

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Gov't Failed to Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells

May 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.                 

Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                           

Kellogg Settles Kashi Class-Action Suit

May 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg says it will no longer use the "All Natural" or "Nothing Artificial" labels on certain Kashi products as part of an agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit.                          

California Back In The Running For Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto-based Tesla has previously said just four states were in the running for the plant: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas.                                  

GOP Examining Claim That EPA Is Blocking Probes

May 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA allegations are the latest under the Obama administration to question the effective independence of the government's inspectors general, who ostensibly operate on their own to investigate wrongdoing inside federal agencies.      

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FAA Keeping Commercial Drones In Check

May 6, 2014 2:49 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Anybody can buy and operate drones, but it's illegal to make money using one. That's leading to frustration among businesses big and small.                                

Court Revives $10B Verdict In Cigarette Case

April 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois appellate court has reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA that found the cigarette-maker misled customers about "light" and "low tar" designations.       

States Afraid They Will Lose Power To Regulate Chemicals

April 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.       

Jury To Decide Apple Vs. Samsung Case

April 30, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After listening to a month's worth of testimony from expert witnesses hired by Apple and Samsung, a Silicon Valley jury was tasked with sorting out the latest legal dispute over technology between the world's two largest smartphone makers.  

Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 25, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance, and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago.  

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GM: Securities Regulators Probing Recall

April 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GM also confirmed for the first time that the U.S. Attorney's office in New York and an unidentified state attorney general are also conducting investigations.                            

FDA Backs Off Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.       

Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.         

Grandfather Builds Safe Gun Tech After Sandy Hook

April 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Carmen Lobis is crowdfunding and applying for a Silicon Valley grant to build potentially life-saving gun technology.                   

Does It Matter If We Beat The Recall Record?

April 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

Do these massive recalls point to quality problems in our cars and trucks? And is the car parked in your driveway still safe to drive?                                  

GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers.     

Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 9:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The documents show yet another delay by GM in recalling unsafe vehicles and point to another example of government safety regulators reacting slowly to a safety problem.                       

Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                                         

Barra: Cost Of Fix 'Not My Focus'

April 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motor's CEO Mary Barra says that her company is not focused on the 'cost elements' of the safety fix and that GM is 'gonna do the right thing.'                             

Q&A: Prepping For FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 15, 2014 2:43 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to our colleagues at Food Manufacturing about OSHA’s new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.                   

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