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Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                                 

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Issues 6 More Recalls

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest is for faulty seats in just over 475,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.        

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China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

Officials Investigate Fire at Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                              

Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse, Deaths

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                    

Chrysler Recalls Over 792K Jeeps for Ignition Switch Defect

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.                                          

Fruit From Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled

July 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.                  

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. 

Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.            

Blast Reported at Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                           

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Disaster Strikes Twice for Malaysia Airlines

July 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephen Wright and Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.          

Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs.                  

Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                   

Airbus A380s Tested for Air Leak Problems

July 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus has advised airliners to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a fall in the cabin pressure.                

BMW Recalls 1.6M Cars

July 16, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.                                    

F-35 Jet Gets Limited OK After Fire

July 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.    

Infant Formula Recalled in Ontario

July 15, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A brand of baby formula is being recalled in Ontario after Walmart shoppers in Brampton and Mississauga reported finding bottles that had been opened and resealed with tape.                      

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for Morgan filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retailer was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van.                    

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                      

CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and a recurring problem with safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.              

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 10, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                             

Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                              

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