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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed...

Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local...

N.M. Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste...

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Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 17, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.         

Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

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Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.          

1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 7:59 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                       

Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container At Fukushima Plant

April 16, 2014 3:52 pm | News | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.      

Texas Blast Victims Pick Closure Over Answers

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Key questions remain unanswered, including what sparked the fire and what firefighters knew about the chemicals inside the plant.                       

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe. Any decline would hurt the automaker's market share and potentially its credit rating.        

Wireless Industry To Add Anti-Theft Tools

April 16, 2014 8:24 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.          

If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lawyers have argued that the families could still sue in America if they alleged the plane's U.S. manufacturer, the Boeing Co., was somehow responsible for the disaster.              

GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

N.Y. Updating Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.    

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Police: Drone Hindered Medical Chopper

April 15, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene.                     

FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                

Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:22 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.        

GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.        

No Radiation Found In Water Near Nuke Dump

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.           

Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Fiery Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 8:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.             

Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.           

Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said.     

Congressional Report Pushes For E-Cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 7:56 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report.                 

Feds Say Pipe Tear Caused 2009 Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Annie Knox, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.     

Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

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