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China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.                      

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.                

Report: Engines Failed On Helicopter That Hit Pub

February 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.                         

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U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006.

Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 4:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

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Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup, and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. Some 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.        

GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.          

Lexus Tops 2014 Vehicle Dependability List

February 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.        

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Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

February 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.                      

Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

Explosion At N.H. Ball Bearings Plant Injures 15

February 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monday afternoon's blast at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. plant in Peterborough is being investigated but all indications were that it was an industrial-related incident, said Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman.     

FDA Reconsiders Heart Safety Of Common Pain Pills

February 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The key question is whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Bayer's Aleve and many other generic pain pills — carries a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil by Pfizer and Motrin by Johnson & Johnson, among others.

Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tazreen factory, located outside the capital, Dhaka, produced clothing for major retailers including Wal-Mart. Investigators say it had no emergency exits and workers found the gates locked from the outside.              

Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

Ind. Company Taking Lead In Side-Impact Crashes

February 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Michelle Sokol, The Republic | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.

Leak, Fire Shut Down Neb. Beef Processing Plant

February 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Lincoln Journal Star reports workers at the Cargill plant in Schuyler detected the ammonia leak around 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Smoke and flames were reported several minutes later above an area where beef carcasses are trimmed to smaller cuts.  

Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.                           

Pa. Man Paralyzed By Tipped Toilet Prank Gets $5M

February 6, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man left paralyzed from the shoulders down when his relatives tipped over a portable toilet while he was inside has settled a Pennsylvania lawsuit against the toilet manufacturer, the relatives, and others for $5 million.       

Inside Nissan's 'Taxi Of Tomorrow'

February 6, 2014 9:46 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

New features like charging ports and crash-tested passenger dividers makes the new "Taxi of Tomorrow" a safer and more tech-savvy way to get around NYC.                              

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