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The Senate sponsor of an effort to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has withdrawn the measure from consideration this year.                               

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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.                

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.                 

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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.                                

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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.             

U.S., Toyota To Settle For $1B

March 19, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., concluding a four-year criminal investigation into the Japanese automaker's disclosure of safety problems, according to a person close to the investigation.    

Federal Grand Jury To Investigate Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury was set to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.        

Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers are considering dialing back requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey, a distinctive and popular draw in the booming American liquor business.     

Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

BP Can Perform Government Work, Again

March 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.                                    

Fitch: Impacts Of GM Recall Will Be 'Quite Manageable'

March 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Fitch Group | News | Comments

Find out how the GM recall will impact the company's ratings and financial outlook. This review looks at legal fees, direct recall costs, brand impact, and the use of senior management's time.                  

Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

Preventing A Violation, Protecting Your Workers

March 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Improving plant safety practices protects workers, eliminates fines, helps to maintain company image, and increases worker retention. Experts in the field provide up-to-date advice on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility.      

GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.             

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