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EU Fines Pharmaceutical Giants $22M

December 10, 2013 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission has fined pharmaceuticals giants Johnson & Johnson and Novartis a combined $22 million for colluding to delay the entrance of a cheap generic form of a pain killer to the Dutch market.           

Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.                       

Colo. Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Meat

December 10, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.                               

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Engineering Firm To Pay $32M To Settle Bribery Charges

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

A German engineering company has agreed to pay a $32 million fine as part of an agreement to settle charges it worked with a Texas company to bribe Nigerian officials in order to win a $387 million pipeline contract.         

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.            

Safety Agency May Expand Hyundai Air Bag Recall

December 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a recall query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled.

Tech Giants Call For Controls On Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 10:23 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies, which include Google, Facebook and Twitter, said that while they sympathize with national security concerns, recent revelations make it clear that laws should be carefully tailored to balance them against individual rights.     

Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion. 

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ATF: Work On Texas Explosion Case Continues

December 6, 2013 11:50 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.         

EU Raids Electronics Companies In Prices Probe

December 6, 2013 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union antitrust regulators have raided the offices of several companies that make and sell consumer electronics and domestic appliances, in an investigation into whether they artificially boosted the prices of goods online.The raids were carried out by the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, which declined to identify the companies targeted.

Obama To Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent

December 5, 2013 1:56 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.

FDA Reaches $1.25M Settlement With J&J Unit

December 5, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the civil penalty, Advanced Sterilization Products, a unit of J&J's Ethicon business, will pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it made and sold "adulterated and misbranded" sterilization monitoring products, the FDA said. Two company executives will pay an additional $30,000 and $20,000, respectively.

FDA Warns Of Problems With Philips Heart Devices

December 4, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health regulators are warning the public that certain cardiac defibrillators recalled by Philips Healthcare may fail to deliver a needed shock in an emergency.  Philips recalled three models of its HeartStart devices in September 2012 due to an internal electrical malfunction. 

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U.S. House Votes To Renew All-Plastic Gun Ban

December 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Alicia A.Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines just as 3-D printers are increasingly able to produce plastic weapons.On a voice vote, the House passed a bill extending the Undetectable Firearms Act for another decade.

NYC Train Derailment Airs Queries About Technology

December 3, 2013 1:52 pm | by Frank Eltman and Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety officials have championed what's known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues. Investigators haven't yet determined whether the weekend wreck, which killed four people and injured more than 60 others, was the result of human error or mechanical trouble.

Chicago Asks Residents To Report Petcoke Problems

December 3, 2013 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side. He's asking residents to call 311 or send an e-mail if they see evidence that petroleum coke — called "petcoke" — is blowing off the piles. Petcoke is a powdery black byproduct of oil refining that can be burned in power plants.

Automotive Insights 1: The Poster-Child Of American Manufacturing

December 3, 2013 11:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

December 3, 2013 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls at food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules, and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

OSHA: Sentencing In Gunpowder Case Justified

December 2, 2013 1:58 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | News | Comments

Dr. David Michaels said, "[Craig] Sanborn recklessly ignored basic safety measures that would have protected their lives. His criminal conviction and sentence won't bring these men back to life, but it will keep him from putting workers' lives in peril."

Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 9:54 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

7 Killed In Chinese-Run Factory In Italy

December 2, 2013 9:44 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory's roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said fire inspector Stefano Giannelli.

How Manufacturers Can Bring Down The Gavel On Legal Fees

November 29, 2013 8:09 am | by Stephen Rauf, Legal Services Lead at Procurian | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.

FAA Rule Requires Airlines To Avoid Certain Storms

November 27, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airlines that operate some Boeing Co. 787s and 747s will be required to steer clear of some very large thunderstorms under a new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration.                     

Toy Recalls Down, But Hazards Remain

November 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several toys with high lead levels or toys that could cause young children to choke were found at major retailers and discount stores in the last few months, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday. The consumer safety group analyzed 50 toys for its annual report. Violations were found in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America toy shield and play jewelry.

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