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Explosion Sparks Fire At Mich. Plant; No Injuries

December 6, 2013 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say an explosion sparked a fire at a western Michigan manufacturing facility and prompted an evacuation at the plant. No one was injured. The Muskegon Chronicle reports an explosion in a titanium dust collector caused the fire late Thursday at the Alcoa Howmet facility in Whitehall, near Muskegon. Fire officials say the fire spread through duct work.

Mexican Truck With Radioactive Load Stolen

December 4, 2013 2:47 pm | by Rodrigo Soberanes, Associated Press | News | Comments

A truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance has been stolen in central Mexico, the U.N. nuclear agency said Wednesday.The International Atomic Energy Agency said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer.

4 Plunge To Deaths In Polish Industrial Chimney

December 4, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters in central Poland say four maintenance workers have plunged to their deaths some 120 meters (400 feet) down a chimney that they were working on at a coal-fired power plant.Spokesman Waldemar Krakowiak said Wednesday that the four were standing on a platform that came loose inside a chimney at the Kozienice plant.

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Woman Fights Ticket For Driving With Google Glass

December 4, 2013 1:40 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass.  The device known as Google Glass, not yet widely available to the public, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

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. 

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.

Tesla Rises As German Probe Finds No Defects

December 4, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric car maker said late Monday that German regulators notified the company that they were closing their investigation into post-crash fires in Washington, Tennessee and Mexico and would take no further action.         

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.

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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.

Gov't Proposes More Steps To Store Fukushima Water

December 3, 2013 9:33 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report proposed covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps.

Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

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Worker Found Dead At Inter-Korean Factory Park

December 2, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Korean man was found dead Saturday at a jointly-run factory park in North Korea, officials said. The 55-year old worker from a South Korean company that manufactures leather products and mobile phone accessories was found dead earlier that day, South Korea's Unification Ministry told reporters at a briefing.

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."

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.

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.

FDA Overturns Safety Limits On Diabetes Drug

November 26, 2013 1:50 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The announcement represents a vindication of sorts for FDA leadership, including Woodcock, who only agreed to put restrictions on the pill after years of pressure from academics, safety advocates and several members of Congress.       

Changing Airport Security With Liquid Scanners

November 26, 2013 1:30 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's been seven years since a major change in airline security, but restrictions for carry-on liquids could someday be a thing of the past. An American-made scanning device is now being used at airports in Europe.           

Ford To Recall Escapes Again For Oil, Fuel Leaks

November 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The hot-selling SUV has been recalled seven times since it was redesigned and went on sale in the spring of 2012.  The first of two recalls announced Tuesday affects more than 161,000 Escapes worldwide.             

Piles Of Midwest 'Petcoke' Raising Residents' Ire

November 26, 2013 9:54 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The onslaught, captured in photos and video footage from Detroit and Chicago this year, was caused by the same thing: brisk winds sweeping across huge black piles of petroleum coke, or "petcoke," a powdery byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels and sparking a new wave of health and environmental concerns.

GE Eyes Fix For Engine Icing On 787s, 747-8s

November 26, 2013 9:23 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric said on Monday that it is close to a solution for engines that are losing power for a few seconds after ingesting ice chunks as big as a half-gallon.  The problem came to light over the weekend after Japan Airlines said it will stop using its new Boeing Co. 787s on some routes.

Factory Roof Collapses In China, Killing 9

November 26, 2013 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nine people were killed during the lunchtime collapse at the plant in Mudanjiang city in Heilongjiang province on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Citing emergency officials, Xinhua said the collapse probably was caused by blizzards.

Death Toll At 47 From Chinese Pipeline Explosion

November 25, 2013 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's largest oil refiner apologized Saturday for explosions from a ruptured oil pipeline that killed 47 people and injured 136 others in one of the country's worst industrial accidents of the year.               

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