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Government Investigating Jeep Liberty Fire Reports

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports of fires in the driver's side doors.                       

FDA Proposes Rules To Make Animal Food Safer

October 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.                 

1 Dead, 40 Hurt In Mexican Candy Factory Explosion

October 25, 2013 9:32 am | by Ricardo Chavez, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said.                

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Feds Won't Investigate Tesla Electric Car Fire

October 25, 2013 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.                  

NH Gunpowder Plant Owner Convicted In Fatal Blast

October 24, 2013 2:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The owner of a gunpowder plant where an explosion shook nearby buildings and killed two workers was convicted on Wednesday of negligent homicide and manslaughter.                

Suzuki Recalling 210,228 Motorcycles

October 23, 2013 11:50 am | by AP | News | Comments

Older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.                         

Nissan Recalls Over 188,000 SUVs To Fix Brakes

October 23, 2013 11:48 am | by AP | News | Comments

The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.                             

Court: Studies Understated Samsung Health Hazards

October 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean court said studies conducted to evaluate safety at Samsung chip factories failed to fully examine workplace health hazards, undermining the electronics giant's efforts to distance itself from claims that its manufacturing plants caused fatal cancers.

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Monsanto Calls Glyphosate 'Safe' After AP Report

October 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.

OSHA Proposes $280K In Fines Over NH Power Plant

October 22, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA has proposed more than $280,000 in fines against contractors working on a power plant in Berlin, N.H.                    

Government Investigates Hyundai Brake Problems

October 21, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of brake problems on Hyundai Genesis full-size luxury cars.                       

Toyota Recalls 803K Vehicles For Air Bag Defect

October 18, 2013 12:45 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Toyota says water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.

Estimate: New Waste Landfill Would Cost $817M

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy says a new Oak Ridge landfill for hazardous and radioactive wastes would cost roughly $817 million — a figure that's cheaper than shipping the material to an off-site disposal facility. The department estimates that shipping out the wastes would cost almost three times that much.

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Boston Scientific, Guidant To Pay $30M Settlement

October 18, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says Boston Scientific Corp. and its Guidant subsidiaries will pay $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that health care facilities implanted in Medicare patients from 2002 to 2005.

Parts Didn't Breach Failed Airline Engine's Casing

October 18, 2013 9:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The outer casing of an engine that failed aboard a Spirit Airlines plane earlier this week wasn't breached by parts from inside the engine, contrary to initial reports provided to the National Transportation Safety Board, the board said Thursday.

Fire At Mexican Gas Facility Kills 5

October 16, 2013 1:51 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Five people are dead following a fire at a privately operated LP gas distribution plant in central Mexico.                              

FDA: Antibiotic Recalled Due To Visible Particles

October 16, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable antibiotic made by B. Braun Medical Inc., due to floating particles found in vials of the drug.            

Uneven Enforcement Suspected At Nuclear Plants

October 16, 2013 9:39 am | by Jeff Donn, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in an industry now operating mostly beyond its original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release.

Conair Recalls 570K Infiniti Pro Hair Dryers

October 15, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conair is recalling approximately 570,000 of its Infiniti Pro by Conairâ hair dryers because they can short out and start a fire or burn someone.                  

DuPont Pioneers Food Safety Testing Process

October 14, 2013 9:06 am | by Cori Anne Natoli, The News Journal | News | Comments

Inside the labs of DuPont's Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station, a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Cited For Safety Lapses

October 10, 2013 1:35 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas company that operated a fertilizer plant where a thunderous explosion in April killed 15 people is facing $118,300 in fines for two dozen serious safety violations, including a failure to have an emergency response plan, federal officials said Thursday.

Auto Recalls On Hold During Gov't Shutdown

October 10, 2013 1:32 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said.             

Worker Dies In Louisiana Plant Accident

October 9, 2013 2:05 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Deputies say Pollard became pinned between two large pipes, as one rolled forward during the course of his work. The plant makes steel pipe for the oil and gas industry.              

Hawaii Wants Diet Supplement Removed After Illnesses

October 9, 2013 9:16 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.

Pilots, Airline Fault Equipment In Asiana Crash

October 9, 2013 9:03 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.

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