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Security Experts To Test Phone Anti-Theft Locks

July 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide. Security experts will be in San Francisco to test Apple's iPhone 5 with its activation lock and Samsung's Galaxy s4 with Lojack for Android.

Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

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Lew On U.S. Workers Competing With China

July 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that cyber theft is a real problem in China that "has to stop." It is a competitive world, Lew says, but despite problems, the United States has emerged strongest from the recession, which shows that the United States remains among the strongest and largest economies in the world.

Law Firm To Sue Boeing Over Asiana Crash

July 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane's auto throttle may have caused the crash.

OSHA: NY Factory Agrees To Fine After Explosion

July 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal workplace safety authorities say an upstate New York copper wire manufacturer has agreed to pay nearly $33,000 in fines after an explosion injured an employee. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Tecnofil Chenango SAC will also take additional steps to address safety concerns.

TX Town Ponders Future After Plant Explosion

July 16, 2013 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a massive fertilizer plant explosion devastated this rural town in April, local teachers and administrators did what they could to help the community cope with a disaster that killed 15 people and wrecked hundreds of structures, including three of West's four schools.

Rockwell Automation Opens Call For Nominations For Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award

July 15, 2013 5:27 pm | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation is pleased to open nominations for the Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards, celebrating the world’s safest manufacturing companies – those with a strong safety culture, well-executed compliance procedures, and effective use of contemporary automation technology.

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UK Agency: 787 Fire Not Caused By Battery Fault

July 15, 2013 9:59 am | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 plane at London's Heathrow Airport didn't appear to be caused by faulty aircraft batteries, a British investigative agency said Saturday. Investors in Boeing, which calls its newest plane a Dreamliner, had feared that Friday's blaze meant that a battery overheating problem that grounded the whole fleet of such planes in January had not been fixed.

U.S. Probes C-Class Mercedes For Lighting Problems

July 15, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class luxury cars because the rear lights can fail and even catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affects cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

Boeing 787 Fire Closes Heathrow Airport Runways

July 12, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to close both its runways Friday, suspending all arrivals and departures. The airport said in a tweet that there were no passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines plane, and British police said the fire is being treated as unexplained. London's fire department said its firefighters were on standby to assist Heathrow's crews.

MA Gov To Back Wind Turbine Health Study

July 12, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he would back a proposal calling for an "independent scientific study" of the health effects of wind turbines. Critics of the massive energy-producing turbines say the sound and motion of the blades can cause health problems.

NTSB: No Sign Of Mechanical Trouble On Asiana 214

July 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators have found no evidence of mechanical problems with Asiana Flight 214, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, putting the focus of the safety probe into the crash landing at the San Francisco airport squarely on the pilots.

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U.S. Companies Detail Bangladesh Safety Pact

July 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A group of 17 North American retailers and clothing makers has agreed to a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions at Bangladesh factories that calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year. They also agreed to set up basic safety standards within three months and are requiring that the inspection results of the factories be made public.

SF Probe Brings Questions Over Auto Speed Controls

July 10, 2013 2:16 pm | by Joan Lowy, Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214's pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner's speed may have contributed to the plane's dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

JAL 777 Returns To Tokyo After Hydraulic Warning

July 10, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japan Airlines Boeing 777 bound for San Francisco returned to Tokyo early Tuesday after a warning flashed in the cockpit saying the jet's hydraulic fluid level was low. The plane carrying 236 passengers and 13 crew had departed around midnight and returned about four hours later to Tokyo's Haneda airport.

U.S. Safety Agency Investigating Hyundai Santa Fe

July 9, 2013 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle can suddenly lose power. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has two complaints that the right-front axle shaft can fail on 2013 models. The investigation covers about 50,000 vehicles. Investigators will determine if the problem is big enough to require a recall.

Role Of Aircraft Automation Eyed In Air Crash

July 9, 2013 10:06 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash landing of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco has revived concerns that airline pilots get so little opportunity these days to fly without the aid of sophisticated automation that their stick-and-rudder skills are eroding. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, is a long way from reaching a conclusion as to its probable cause.

U.S. Safety Agency May Expand GM Recall

July 9, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators may add nearly 5,000 cars to a recall of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. In May, General Motors announced that it would recall more than 38,000 of the 2012 and 2013 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM's eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.

Bremen Castings: Making Heavy Industry A Safer Place

July 9, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Bremen, Ind., is a small town of about 5,500 people roughly 15 minutes south of the South Bend/Elkhart area. And one of its major employers, Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI), has been around long enough, having been established in 1939, to gain a reputation of being one of the area’s best employers.

Experts: Boeing 777 Has 'Fantastic' Safety Record

July 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 in San Francisco on Saturday is only the second major accident for the twin-engine, wide-bodied jet in the 18 years the model has been in service, aviation safety expert said. "The 777 has a fantastic record," said Tom Haueter, who retired last year from the National Transportation Safety Board, where he was the head of aviation accident investigations.

New Tech Makes Cars Safer, Easier To Drive

July 8, 2013 1:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos | Comments

Automakers have developed new technologies that are making cars safer, more efficient, and easier to drive. From auto-braking to lane-centering, the cars practically drive themselves. Andrew Whydell, product planning executive with TRW Global Electronics, says that this technology is going to become increasingly more common in the U.S. in the next two to three years.

China Officials' Negligence Blamed For Deadly Fire

July 8, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities have filed criminal charges against nearly a dozen public officials blamed for the high death toll in a fire last month that killed 121 people in a poultry plant in the northeast. China's top prosecuting agency has charged 11 public officials with dereliction of duty, according to a report Friday in the agency's official publication, Jiancha Daily.

Chrysler Recalling Minivans For Air Bag Defect

July 8, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 282,000 minivans from the 2013 model year because the side air bags can deploy on the wrong side in a crash. Side air bags are supposed to deploy on the side of the vehicle that's involved in a crash. Chrysler says a software problem is causing its air bags to deploy on the opposing side of the vehicle.

Companies Move Ahead With Bangladesh Safety Accord

July 8, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of primarily European retailers and clothing makers has set a deadline of next spring to inspect clothing factories in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies. The group of 70 companies includes Swedish retailer H&M, Italian clothing maker Benetton and French retailer Carrefour. They say they will concentrate on renovating the most hazardous factories.

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