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No Criminal Cause For Chemical Plant Blast

March 17, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

Investigation into a chemical plant explosion in Massachusetts has found no evidence to suggest that it was caused intentionally.

Japanese Shipments Monitored For Radiation

March 16, 2011 5:26 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's neighbors ordered strengthened radiation monitoring of shipments amid its frantic attempts to cool overheating reactors at a nuclear power plant.

Forklift Accident Kills Worker At Indy Plant

March 16, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at a food manufacturing plant.


Owens-Illinois Denies Asbestos Conspiracy Claim

March 15, 2011 5:36 am | News | Comments

Major glass manufacturer said it is disappointed by a jury verdict assessing more than $40 million in damages in a case of alleged injuries from asbestos.

Germany Temporarily Shuts Down 7 Reactors

March 15, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

Germany will take seven nuclear reactors offline while it reconsiders plans to extend the life of its atomic power plants in the wake of events in Japan.

Probe Starts Into Chemical Plant Blast

March 14, 2011 10:18 am | News | Comments

Investigators are waiting for clearance from structural engineers to get into the building to determine the cause of a chemical plant explosion.

Sherwin-Williams Gets Hearing On Lead Paint Lawsuit

March 14, 2011 6:14 am | News | Comments

Paint manufacturer will go before Mississippi Supreme Court to argue that it is not liable for the illnesses of a boy who ate lead-contaminated paint chips.

Japan Declares State Of Emergency At Nuke Plant

March 11, 2011 9:50 am | by Jeff Donn and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's massive earthquake caused a power outage that disabled a nuclear reactor's cooling system, triggering evacuation orders for about 3,000 residents.


Public Database For Safety Complaints Goes Live

March 11, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

Despite a last-minute attempt to derail it, the government launched a public database that allows people to report and search safety complaints on thousands of products.

Japan Automakers Halt Production After Earthquake

March 11, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

Production halted at assembly plants in areas hit by Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake, and one Honda worker died after being crushed by a collapsing wall.

Yokogawa Introduces CombustionONE

March 11, 2011 6:02 am | by Edited by staff | News | Comments

Yokogawa has made advances to combustion-based processes, operational safety, and long-term sustainability with the new integrated solution, CombustionONE.

Attempts To Track Gas Drilling Waste Flawed

March 11, 2011 4:47 am | by David B. Caruso, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural gas industry's claim it is reducing polluted wastewater discharge is proving difficult to assess because of inconsistent reporting and a data entry error.

Accident At Pepsi Plant Kills 1

March 11, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa.


FDA Cracks Down On Johnson & Johnson Plant

March 11, 2011 4:27 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Officials said J&J unit will be barred from resuming operations at manufacturing plant linked to defective medicines until it meets quality standards.

Kia Recalls 70,000 Optimas

March 11, 2011 4:24 am | News | Comments

Automaker is recalling more than 70,000 Optima midsize sedans to fix transmission problems that can cause the cars to roll even while they are in park.

7 Tons Of Beef Recalled Due To E. Coli

March 10, 2011 9:43 am | News | Comments

Creekstone's southern Kansas packing plant has recalled more than 7 tons of ground beef products after lab tests detected E. coli.

Volkswagen To Recall Minivans

March 10, 2011 9:09 am | News | Comments

Automaker is recalling 12,600 minivans because the ignition key could move while driving and cause the engine to shut off.

OSHA Fines Colorado Mill

March 10, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

Federal workplace safety regulators are proposing $49,900 in fines for Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel seamless tube mill over alleged safety violations.

Medtronic Resolves FDA Warnings

March 9, 2011 9:23 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

World's largest medical device company has resolved two warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration over lax oversight at two manufacturing plants.

GM Recalling Vehicles To Fix Defrosters

March 9, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling new models of the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac SRX to fix a software glitch that could prevent the defroster from clearing the windshield.

Genetic Test Makers Defend Technology Before FDA

March 8, 2011 5:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Genetic test makers are defending their fledgling industry and arguing the benefits of marketing their disease-predicting kits directly to consumers.

Massey Faces More Lawsuits Over Mine Explosion

March 8, 2011 4:17 am | News | Comments

Families of two miners killed in the explosion and another who survived filed lawsuits against Massey as the one-year anniversary of the disaster approaches.

Honda, Toyota And Chrysler Announce Recalls

March 7, 2011 9:17 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is recalling Civic hybrids, Toyota recalled 22,000 SUVs and trucks, and Chrysler recalled about 20,000 Jeep Wranglers over steering issues.

West Virginia Tin Mill Accident Injures Four

March 7, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

The company says the four workers were injured Friday morning when a steam valve malfunctioned.

Pfizer Drug Meets Study Goals

March 4, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

Drug developer Pfizer Inc. said Friday its potential rheumatoid arthritis drug met its key treatment goals in a late-stage study.

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