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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.

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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.               

Senator: Bangladesh Still Lags On Labor Rights

November 25, 2013 11:43 am | News | Comments

Bangladesh has yet to meet benchmarks set by the U.S. government for restoration of trade benefits suspended after a garment factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 people, an influential Democratic senator said Friday.       

Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser

November 25, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a 2-1 ruling Friday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a jury's finding that Taser International was negligent in the 2008 death of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner.                 

Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the lawsuit, Philip Berger claimed he developed inflammation of the lung after breathing contaminants from a chemical used to cool cutting tools at Copeland Scroll Compressors, a firm owned by Ferguson-based Emerson Climate Technologies.   

Boeing Advises About Engine Icing Problems

November 25, 2013 9:36 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes. It is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals.       

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Oil Pipeline Blasts In Eastern China Kill 35

November 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaked oil triggered two huge blasts, one of them tearing up concrete along a city road in Qingdao. Photos posted online showed ripped slabs of pavement, bodies, overturned vehicles and shattered windows in nearby buildings. Black smoke rose above gigantic fuel silos and darkened much of the sky.

Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010.                    

New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.  Gov. Jerry Brown said the new standards were a badly needed update to nearly 40-year-old rules.

Bangladesh To Inspect Safety Of Garment Factories

November 21, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Bangladesh will begin inspecting its export-oriented garment factories to assess the building structures and how safe they are from fire and electrical accidents. The Labor Ministry said Thursday that the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology will inspect the factories using standards accepted by the government, factory owners and international buyers.

Kia Recalling About 80,000 Vans To Fix Suspensions

November 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 80,000 minivans in the U.S. because a suspension part can break and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  The recall affects Sedona minivans from 2006 through 2012. They were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

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Gov't To Require Seat Belts On Large Buses

November 20, 2013 1:54 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they will require that new tour buses and buses that carry passengers on scheduled routes between cities be equipped with seat belts. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.   

J&J To Pay $2.5B To Settle Hip Replacement Suits

November 20, 2013 9:50 am | by John Seewer and Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement patients who accuse the company of selling faulty implants that led to injuries and additional surgeries.     

OSHA Cites Tyson Plant In Buffalo

November 20, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.

Mass. Backs Stiff Fines For Corporate Manslaughter

November 19, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts is close to changing a nearly 200-year-old law that limits to $1,000 the penalty for corporate manslaughter.The House unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would allow for fines of up to $250,000 against companies convicted of criminally negligent behavior that results in death.

Listeria Victims' Families Meeting With Farmers

November 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department in Denver says two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak are meeting with family members of people who died. Jeffrey Dorschner said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, but it will be private at an undisclosed location.

Ford To Inspect 386,000 Cars For Steering Trouble

November 19, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. will inspect 386,000 large sedans in the U.S. to make sure they don't have a steering problem that caused a recall in August.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Ford will check 2005 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles that weren't included in the August recall.

U.S. Safety Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Fires

November 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration says fires broke out in two of the cars in the U.S. after the undercarriage hit metal road debris. The debris pierced the batteries and caused a thermal reaction and fires. In each case, the car warned the driver of the damage, and both escaped without getting hurt.

Workers Sent To Hospital After Leak At Ark. Plant

November 18, 2013 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say 18 people were sent to hospitals after a suspected chlorine dioxide leak at a steel mill in Blytheville.                               

Milwaukee Food Plant Stops Production Amid Recalls

November 18, 2013 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Garden-Fresh has recalled tons of products in eight separate recalls since the end of August. The first was announced Aug. 30, after routine sampling of retail products by Michigan food safety officials detected Listeria bacteria.      

Boeing Plane Crashes In Russia, 50 Killed

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Russian air crashes have been blamed on the use of aging aircraft, but industry experts point to a number of other problems, including poor crew training, crumbling airports, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety in the pursuit of profits.

Colo. Mine Accident Kills 2, Injures 20

November 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.                  

Wal-Mart: 10 Bangladesh Factories Failed Audits

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The retailer hired Bureau Veritas to check some 200 factories it uses in Bangladesh after the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted often grim conditions in the country's garment industry.

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