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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.

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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.

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.                     

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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.

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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.               

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.       

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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