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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 2, 2014 4:45 pm | by Dave Collins - Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday. Industry representatives gathered...

Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

October 1, 2014 4:55 pm | by Susan Montoya Brown - The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to... 

5 Detained In Suspected Oil Theft Ring

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico says it has nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over 1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in a northeastern state. The Attorney General's office says the suspects include the head of a company that...

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Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic Chemicals

September 30, 2014 8:43 pm | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | News | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a...

Two Rivers Plant To Receive Cleanup

September 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is cleaning up environmental pollutants left behind by a manufactured gas plant it operated. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is seeking regulatory closure for the Two Rivers plant that ceased operations almost seven decades ago, HTR Media (...

Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

September 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Tim Talley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday. Alton Nolen, 30, remains...

Airlines Look For An Edge With Weather-Radar Systems

September 29, 2014 4:13 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.Then, looking at the display on a new weather-radar system, the pilots...

Underwater Robot For Port Security

September 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform...

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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds Of Chicken For Possible Listeria Contamination

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was...

Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 29, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ Luxury car, all sold in...

Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 12:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million of the...

Cartels Stealing Billions From Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are...

TX Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat Due To Possible E.coli Contamination

September 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday night announced the recall involving Caviness Beef Packers in...

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Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police said Friday a man recently let go from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company. The 30-year-old man, who has...

Groups Launch Campaigns On GMO Labeling In OR

September 28, 2014 11:42 am | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs. Opponents of GMO labeling have released an ad that says the opposite: Labels would be costly for food...

Victims Of GM Recall Given Choice To Settle Or Fight In Court

September 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press | News | Comments

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle. Among them were the families of two...

1 Injured In Plastic Manufacturing Plant Explosion

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition...

2 Killed In Shooting At UPS Facility

September 24, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two longtime UPS employees killed in a shooting at a package-processing facility in Alabama were supervisors who had worked for the shipping giant for years, the company said Wednesday. Business manager Brian Callans, 46, of Birmingham, and driver supervisor Doug Hutcheson, 33, of Odenville, were the men killed...

Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 5:03 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled many businesses to...

Man Injured In Natural Gas Explosion Tuesday Has Died

September 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday. Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah Hospital, said the worker injured in Tuesday's explosion died overnight at...

Lockheed Martin's New Firefighting Robot

September 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is developing a robot that could change the future of firefighting. It's called the Fire Ox, and it's designed to tackle fires in situations too hazardous for humans. Bloomberg takes a look at the prototype and speaks to the head of...

4 Injured In Oil Well Explosion

September 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say four people have sustained severe burns in an explosion at an oil well in northwestern Germany. The explosion at the drilling site in Osterbrock, near the Dutch border, happened Tuesday evening following a gas leak. Police said Wednesday that...

Natural Gas Storage Tank Explosion Injures 4

September 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said. The blast occurred as a maintenance crew was cleaning out the tank in the desert about 30 miles northwest of Green River, Lincoln County Sherrif's Office...

Cascade Operations Partially Resume After Fire

September 23, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascades announced that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to...

Reduce Lift Truck Damage To Plant

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steel King | News | Comments

Like busy freeways, plants and warehouses have had to squeeze more traffic into less space as the cost of real estate has risen over the years. With more product and equipment packed tighter, operating with more just-in-time logistics, the risk of...

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