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Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants For Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 10:40 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.                

Steel Mill Fined $135K For Emission Sensors

July 29, 2014 10:33 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.                

Clean Air Rules Both Too Much, Too Little

July 29, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dan Elliott and Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people across the country are telling the Environmental Protection Agency its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.                     

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Dems Have Million-Dollar Day On Impeachment

July 29, 2014 2:16 pm | by Philip Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday.                 

China To Put Glaxo Investigators On Trial In August

July 29, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

A Shanghai court says American and British investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial Aug. 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens.                       

Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                       

Walker Claims He Would Back Anti-Outsourcing Rules

July 29, 2014 7:51 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Walker has made outsourcing an issue in the governor's race by criticizing Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family's company, but the Republican governor has received campaign donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs.

FAA Proposes $12M Fine For Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 7:49 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.               

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Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

July 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of impeachment talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it.         

Lawmakers Push For Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane, Schumer and Israel said.                

Report: China Investigating Microsoft For Antitrust Violations

July 28, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce descended on Microsoft offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, questioning employees about the company's business practices in a move that the South China Morning Post described as a "raid."

NHTSA Opens Probe Of Impala Air Bag Performance

July 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.                

Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations.             

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U.S. Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 8:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.   

Governor Wants Feds To Buy $37M Worth Of Surplus Salmon

July 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.                

UK Economy Surpasses Pre-Crisis Peak

July 25, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Britain's economy has grown to surpass the peak it reached in 2008, before the global banking crisis caused a deep recession, official figures showed Friday.                     

Feds Probe Dodge Charger Complaints

July 25, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

Obama To Attend UN Climate Summit

July 25, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state and other leaders to the Sept. 23 summit in New York. The U.N. says the goal is to spur governments, industry and civil groups to make new commitments to addressing climate change.       

Russian Execs Fear Lasting Damage From Plane Crash

July 25, 2014 11:17 am | News | Comments

Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. 

Obama Aide: Impeachment Threat Taken Seriously

July 25, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.                    

Orders For Durable Goods Up In June

July 25, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.              

NHTSA Probes Hyundai Sonata Air Bag Problem

July 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.                      

China Expected To Declare Qualcomm A Monopoly

July 25, 2014 8:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.                 

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