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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.                         

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.               

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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.

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.                   

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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.                         

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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.                 

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a range of tactics to make nuclear fuel survive longer in extreme accidents. Their overriding goal is giving plant workers more time before an accident becomes a full-on crisis.                

Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

GM Recalls Camaros for Switch Problem

June 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A driver's knee can bump the key and knock the switch out of the "run" position, causing an engine stall.                                          

Police: 6 Killed at India Steel Plant

June 13, 2014 9:58 am | by Indrajit Singh, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least six people were killed and 29 more injured in an explosion and a subsequent gas pipeline leak on Thursday at a government-run steel plant in central India, a plant spokesman said.                  

Company Recalls 4K Pounds of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.                           

Nebraska Manufacturer Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                        

Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                                

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