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Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The company laid out its position in a Tuesday letter to the National Highway...

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says... 

Jurors To Hear Steve Jobs Testimony At Apple Trial

December 1, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. Attorneys for consumers and electronics retailers claim Apple Inc. used software in its iTunes store that forced would-be song...

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Woman Cleared In Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn...

Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take...

NM Lawmakers Grill Spaceport Boss

November 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded more details Thursday about how the New Mexico Spaceport Authority plans to succeed now that the nearly quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America stands empty and commercial fights by anchor tenant Virgin Galactic have been delayed indefinitely. Members of a legislative finance...

Japan Orders Air Bag Maker To Conduct Probe

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to...

Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 20, 2014 6:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding Takata air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe. During a Thursday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee,...

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Honda: Apology, Admission In Air Bag Hearing

November 20, 2014 3:44 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.Hiroshi Shimizu, Takata's senior vice president of quality, said the...

CA Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 19, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. The Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to...

Group Sues Kingsport Army Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water. The lawsuit filed Monday asks a federal judge to order the U.S. Army and contractor BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. to immediately stop the illegal...

VT Fights Industry's Bid To Block GMO Law

November 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. Attorney General Bill Sorrell said on Monday that his office on Friday had filed legal papers at the U.S. District Court in Burlington...

Judge: KY Must Approve Sale Of Alcohol Distributor

November 14, 2014 6:10 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky judge has ordered the state to approve the sale of a small distributor to Anheuser-Busch in a decision that could lead to legislative fight when the General Assembly returns in January. Franklin circuit court Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ordered the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage...

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SAP To Pay Oracle $359M To End Legal Battle

November 14, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.                       

Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

Louisiana Agency Looking To Sue Oil, Gas & Pipeline Companies

November 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas, and pipeline companies are heading to court to make their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a south Louisiana levee board. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year, arguing that coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to...

Company Fined $47K For Exposing Workers To Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 11:30 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational...

Pesticide Company Fined $10K Over Bee Deaths

November 11, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State regulators in Oregon have levied fines totaling $16,000 for gross negligence in the deaths of some 1,000 bees killed by pesticides sprayed on flowering trees at a Eugene apartment complex last June. The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it...

Hellmann's Owner Sues Over Company's Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise. The food company Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators...

EU Nations Could Get Power To Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc. Tuesday's vote on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, must still be converted into...

Former Mamtek CEO Gets 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 10, 2014 7:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground. Bruce Cole, 67, of Beverly Hills, California,...

Judge Refuses To Fire Gulf Oil Spill Claims Chief

November 10, 2014 5:41 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should be...

GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Emails released in a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that its small cars should be recalled because the switches were defective. The chain of emails between lower-level...

Dispute Heats Up Over Failed Factory For Apple

November 7, 2014 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in metro Phoenix is growing more intense. Bankruptcy court filings released Friday provide new detail about the dispute between the two companies in a deal that was once hailed as success story in Arizona's effort to...

Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations. The subsidiary, Brody Mining, had been cited with 54 orders concerning mine safety or health hazards. Those orders caused Secretary of...

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