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GM's Original Whistleblower Speaks Out

July 1, 2014 11:35 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM was warned of product defects in 2002 by head of GM's Corporate Quality Audit, Bill McAleer.                                             

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles to Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                       

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Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable for Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 9:28 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball.               

GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.                   

Airlines To Inspect Engine Bolts on Embraer Jets

June 30, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian plane maker Embraer is telling airlines to inspect pins or bolts that hold the engines on its twin-engine E190 regional jet.                                   

GM Recalls Another 474K Vehicles

June 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems, announcing Friday three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle.                          

Honda To Pay $55.3M After Crash

June 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury ordered Honda Motor Co. to pay $55.3 million for a rollover accident that left a Pennsylvania man paralyzed, but the car company said Friday it would appeal.                         

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Whirlpool Gets Extension For Testing Devices

June 27, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.             

Acne Products May Cause Potentially Deadly Reactions

June 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.               

FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers.                     

Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

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FDA Extends Comment Period on E-Cig Rules

June 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes.               

Food Safety Is a New Frontier for Legal Pot

June 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.                   

Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                           

Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.       

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.      

1 Dead After Washington Fireworks Explosion

June 19, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly blast at a fireworks plant in Washington state came as workers were preparing shells for shipping, an Entertainment Fireworks official says.                 

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.                         

Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 10:18 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom.          

GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to the infamous ignition switch issue.                               

Lincoln's Nifty Parking Trick

June 16, 2014 3:58 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The Lincoln MKC can not only park itself, it can get you out of a tight parking spot, as shown here by Sandeep Khatiwala, its program manager.                               

Dutch Government Encourages Self-driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.                   

Tighter Trucking Regulations Proposed After Accident That Injured Actor

June 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday launched a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.                 

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