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FDA Lifts Hold on Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                    

Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:50 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's products were blamed for the deaths on nine Americans and for sickening hundreds nationwide. Now the company's former owner and two others are standing trial in a rare instance of corporate officers and workers being prosecuted in a food poisoning case.

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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

GM Says It's Making Progress To Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government said that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.                          

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

USDA Overhauls 50 Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.            

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Harley Recalls Bikes for Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                                      

Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used on U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                           

Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems.                                            

11,000 Kawasakis Recalled for Injury Risk

July 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs.                                  

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Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 30, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.                              

Crash: Electric Cars Put to the Test

July 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jared Mandel, CNNMoney | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                                              

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

Lawyer Sues GM On Behalf of 658 Plaintiffs

July 30, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.                         

Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants for Terror Risk

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.       

Safety and Performance on Slippery Indoor Surfaces

July 30, 2014 11:12 am | by 32north | Product Releases | Comments

The product employs a proprietary tread and sole compound that, when combined, provides one of the best non-slip applications on the market, says the company.

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas To Fix Gear Shifters

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.                 

Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.                                     

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

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