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More Recalls Push GM Total To 4.8M In 1 Month

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, bringing the recall total to 4.8 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the past month.                                      

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.                    

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

If you’re like me and finally got the disgusting pink soft-serve-like image of “pink slime” out of your head, get ready for more stomach churns.                               

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Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                                   

GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

25 Companies To Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 10:17 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.               

Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 9:26 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.     

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on the export of 17 "rare earths" and two other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses.    

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Ohio To Allow Tesla Sales To Continue

March 26, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio auto dealers have struck an agreement that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.                     

Senators Focusing On GM Recall Problems

March 26, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is increasingly putting the pressure on General Motors and the government's auto safety agency over a delayed recall of small cars.                   

Wal-Mart Recalls Dolls After Burn Incidents

March 25, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb.                                           

Effort To Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails

March 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate sponsor of an effort to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has withdrawn the measure from consideration this year.                               

35 Countries Promise To Boost Nuclear Security

March 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five countries pledged Tuesday to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.                

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Judge Finds Labor Company Liable For Worker Abuse

March 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has found a California-based labor contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.                                

NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei.                                   

Families In Crash That Killed 2 Sue GM Over Ignition Switch

March 24, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of three teenagers killed or injured in a 2006 car crash are suing General Motors, alleging that the company was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.       

Hawaii Revives And Kills GMO Label Bill

March 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state Legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived.                 

Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.                 

Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                 

GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.                  

Mary Barra Apologizes For GM

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO offers personal apology and provides an update on how automaker is fixing the problem.                                              

Lawsuit Says Coal Pollutes Mississippi River

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.             

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