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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                  

Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                 

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                  

Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

Ford's 435,000 Vehicle Recall

April 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years.                  

Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

April 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                                   

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination.                             

Lawmakers Rip GM's Barra In Hearing

April 3, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Here's just a sampling of lawmakers hammering General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a hearing over a delayed recall and vehicle malfunctions.                                  

Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 10:07 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:24 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.              

W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

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Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                      

UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                                 

The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.                               

Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:33 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.              

GM Recall Total Continues To Rise

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recall brings the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February to 6.3 million.                                             

Airline Says Plane Systems Partly To Blame For Crash

March 31, 2014 2:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.                              

4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in Washington.                      

Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                  

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.                                      

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