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Residents Frustrated By Lack Of Details On Nuke Dump

March 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination, and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.                     

Roller Coaster Manufacturer Blames Six Flags For Death

March 7, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German manufacturer of a roller coaster from which a woman fell to her death is blaming Six Flags for the accident.                                      

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drive to clean up China's industry has added impetus to the government's campaign over the past several years to reduce excess production capacity in the polluting steel and cement industries.                

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January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

GM CEO Starts Review Of Recall Procedure

March 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new CEO of General Motors is reassuring employees after an embarrassing recall of 1.6 million small cars, telling them that an internal review will bring improvements and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.       

U.S. Won't Seek More Recalls For VW Fuse Problem

March 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators won't be pushing for a recall of thousands of Volkswagens that have the same electric fuses as a model that was recalled.                               

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Gov't Ends Ford Vehicle Investigation

March 4, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power after Ford agreed to a remedy.                                 

Hyundai Focuses On Safety With Redesigned Sonata

March 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Redesigned for a seventh time since the midsize family sedan made its debut in 1985, the latest Sonata model is Hyundai's answer to a flurry of safety issues and customer complaints at home and abroad.              

Cummins Recalls 25K Engines

March 3, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. and its joint venture Cummins Westport Inc. are recalling 25,013 engines because cold weather could cause a sensor to fail, resulting in an exhaust fire.                      

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

Honda Recalls Over 40,000 Motorcycles

February 27, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall a total of 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.                    

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VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says 589,000 Caddy vehicles may be fitted with a damaged pin that holds on the gas-pressure dampers that slow the closing of the rear hatch-type door. If the pin becomes detached, the company says the door can fall unexpectedly.    

Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

A Look At The World's First Secure Smartphone

February 26, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

New cutting-edge technology could help you reclaim the security of your smartphone. Chip Reid reports on the Blackphone, which runs on a customized operating system that is entirely encrypted.                 

EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 2:01 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for tougher anti-smoking rules that will make health warnings on cigarette packs larger and include mandatory pictures of rotting teeth or cancer-infested lungs.              

Republicans Blast FDA Monitoring Of Whistleblowers

February 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.        

U.S. Safety Agency Likely Probing GM Recall Response

February 26, 2014 1:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.

GM Adds 588,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 26, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes. The company says it's adding Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007, and Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

Cigarette Maker Lorillard Bans Animal Testing

February 25, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. has banned animal testing following discussions with an animal rights group that has raised concerns over industry studies in which animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke, eat tobacco, and have cigarette tar painted on their skin.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

Chevy Believes Pinched Wire Caused Pace Car Fire

February 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevy unveiled its latest pace car lineup Thursday, the same day it said a pinched wire likely caused a trunk fire in the Chevrolet SS pace car during the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona on Saturday.            

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