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Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

Life Sentence For China Dumpling Poisoner

January 20, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former food plant worker to life in prison for poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008 and strained relations with Tokyo just months before the Beijing Olympics.       

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Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

January 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Topping the list are plans to analyze the risks of oil trains that in recent years began passing regularly through major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The results could be used to alter some routes, government officials said. 

Calif. Sued Over New Flame Retardant Regulations

January 17, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company is suing California to overturn new flammability standards for furniture and other products that allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants. Chemtura Corp. filed its suit Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying the state's new rules weaken fire safety standards.

Ford Recalls 27,933 Edge Crossovers

January 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 27,933 Edge crossovers in the U.S. because a damper in the fuel line could crack and cause fuel leaks. The recall involves Edges from the 2012 and 2013 model years with 2.0-liter engines.          

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Review: Site's Groundwater, Soil Cleanup Working

January 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons has been effective so far and will continue for years, according to the first five-year review of the site.   

Prosecutors Join Forces To Investigate Monster

January 15, 2014 1:36 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monster and other popular energy drinks have come under increasing scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports of deaths linked to energy drinks, but the agency noted that the reports don't prove the drinks caused the deaths.

Beet Plant Shut For Inspection After Worker Death

January 15, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident. Twenty-eight-year-old worker Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she apparently fell into a piece of equipment that carries sugar beets into the factory.

Durango Added To Jeep Grand Cherokee Fire Probe

January 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are adding the Dodge Durango to an investigation of ceiling fires in Jeep Grand Cherokees. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe now covers more than 593,000 SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

Boehner: Need Better Enforcement Of Safety Rules

January 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

House Speaker John Boehner is suggesting that the Obama administration needs to do a better job of enforcing safety regulations designed to protect the public against disasters like the chemical spill into West Virginia's drinking water supply.  

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Boeing Confirms New 787 Battery Incident

January 14, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing is confirming an incident with a battery on a Japan Airlines 787, in a reminder of the problems that grounded the plane for three months last year. Boeing says it appears that a single battery cell "vented," or released gas. It was discovered during scheduled maintenance on the ground at Tokyo's Narita airport on Tuesday. 

'Ghost Gun' Regulations Pushed In California Bill

January 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

Chinese Shoe Factory Fire Kills At Least 16

January 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a shoe factory in eastern China on Tuesday killed at least 16 people, state media reported. The blaze broke out at the Dadong factory in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province, state broadcaster CCTV said. Firefighters put it out about three hours later and rescued more than 20 people, it said.

Calif. Company Recalls 40,000 Lbs. Of Meat

January 14, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California company has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of meat products because it was produced without a full federal inspection. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, Calif., recalled 41,683 pounds of meat products.

Tyson Foods Recalls 33K Pounds Of Chicken Product

January 13, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in a news release the product was not sold in retail stores. It was produced on Oct. 11 and shipped nationwide for institutional use.

Spirit Of Cooperation Frays In Fracking Debate

January 10, 2014 1:12 pm | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

After environmentalists, lawmakers, and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model for other states and a rare example of political foes finding common ground on a complex issue.

Chemical Spill Shuts Down Much Of W.Va. Capital

January 10, 2014 9:48 am | by John Raby, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shortly after the Thursday night spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customers of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.

China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

Workers Building Samsung Factory Riot In Vietnam

January 9, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorbikes and containers housing security guards were set alight, sending thick smoke over the complex. Footage showed people throwing rocks at police in riot gear who huddled together. Local official Duong Ngoc Long said police restored order after three hours. 

Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

Judge Ups Lead Paint Verdict To $1.15B

January 8, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg on Tuesday issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead, and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion after finding that the companies knew the paint was harmful to children.   

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