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Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 9:53 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so that lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.                           

Toyota Putting Higher Focus On Environmental, Safety Technologies

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Menards Recalls Christmas Trees Due To Fire Risk

December 17, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Menards, a chain of home-improvement stores in the Midwest, is recalling 1,800 pre-lit artificial Christmas trees because the lights may overheat, start a fire or cause an electric shock.                  

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FDA Raises Safety Concerns On Antibacterial Soaps

December 16, 2013 1:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The agency said it is revisiting the safety of chemicals like triclosan in light of recent studies suggesting they can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The government's preliminary ruling lends new credence to longstanding warnings from researchers who say the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.

Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.  The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

Blast At U.S. Steel Plant Near Detroit Kills Worker

December 16, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion Sunday at a steel plant near Detroit killed one worker and injured two others, United States Steel Corp. said. Operations were halted at the plant while an investigation began.                  

Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service reported unsanitary conditions including rodent activity. FSIS has suspended the assignment of inspectors at the establishment, and the investigation is ongoing. It was discovered during the ongoing investigation that additional products should be removed from commerce.

Q&A: Protection Against Automotive Counterfeits

December 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, we had the chance to speak with Mark Prokosch, Vice President at Verify Brand.  Verify, a Minneapolis-based software as a service (Saas) brand protection company, recently announced enhancements to its cloud-based platform to combat counterfeiting in automotive supply chains. 

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Brazil Gov't May Backtrack On Auto Safety Laws

December 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind those produced for consumers in the U.S. and Europe despite Brazil now being the globe's No. 4 auto market.       

Operators Ground Model Of Chopper That Crashed

December 12, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bond Air Services, operator of the Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft that crashed Nov. 29, says another EC135 in its fleet experienced "an indication defect" on Wednesday that requires further investigation, but offered no further explanation.   

Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Elevator Company Cited In 49ers Stadium Death

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.  Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.

FDA Targets Antibiotics In Meat

December 11, 2013 1:39 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.  The agency announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production.

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Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry and Caterpillar — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                           

Colo. Company Recalls 90,000 Pounds Of Meat

December 10, 2013 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.                               

Court: Exec Guilty Over Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 9:57 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.            

Safety Agency May Expand Hyundai Air Bag Recall

December 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a Hyundai Elantra recall should be expanded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a recall query to determine if 52,000 Elantra Touring cars from the 2009 through 2012 model years should be recalled.

EADS To Cut 5,800 Jobs As Part Of Major Overhaul

December 9, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European air and defense company EADS is cutting 5,800 jobs over the next two years as part of a major overhaul and cost-cutting plan.The company said Monday in a statement that the jobs would be eliminated from its corporate and space and defense divisions by the end of 2016.

Environmentalists, Unions Seek To Fix Gas Leaks

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. It's a huge national effort that could cost $82 billion. 

ATF: Work On Texas Explosion Case Continues

December 6, 2013 11:50 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators in charge of investigating the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas say they still consider the case open, eight months after the blast killed 15 people and sent debris flying miles away.         

Russia Fears That Some Pilots Have Fake Licenses

December 6, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian investigators said Friday that the pilot who sent a Boeing 737 into a near-vertical dive that killed all 50 people on board might have had a fake license.                          

Smog At Extremely Hazardous Levels In Shanghai

December 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Didi Tang and Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city's spectacular skyline.

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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