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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...

Are Apple Devices At Risk?

November 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Security researchers say they've discovered a vulnerability in Apple's software, called "Masque Attack," that hackers could use to steal sensitive information from iPhones or iPads by tricking device owners into downloading a malicious app. The app can be designed to look like an update...

White House Wants Greater Regulation Of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by Anne Flaherty, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement that was swiftly rejected by industry. The Federal Communications Commission...

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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...

Schumer Calls For Review Of Car Safety Screening

November 9, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer is calling for a top-to-bottom review of federal safety screening for defective car parts. He is citing the recall of millions of vehicles equipped with Takata Corp. passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger...

Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 7, 2014 2:27 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland. He discusses the importance of innovation to Coca-Cola's business model...

Honda Adds Thousands Of Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

November 7, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is adding hundreds of thousands of vehicles to a previously announced recall for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled parts supplier...

Investigators Wrap Site Work In Spaceship Crash

November 7, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators who have been in the Mojave Desert trying to find out why an experimental spaceship crashed are wrapping up their work in Southern California. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson says that on Friday, investigators are leaving the area about 120 miles...

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NASA Test Flight Still On Track Despite Accidents

November 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents. Officials said Thursday everything looks good for the Dec. 4 launch of NASA's new Orion capsule. This one will not carry a crew. Future Orions are meant to carry...

IL Lawmakers Approve Fracking Rules

November 6, 2014 3:05 pm | by Kerry Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois lawmakers signed off Thursday on long-awaited rules regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling, a practice that lawmakers and industry hope will unleash an economic boom in the southern part of the state. The rules, which the state Department of...

NC Panel Discusses Revisions To Fracking Rules

November 6, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The North Carolina panel developing rules on hydraulic fracturing agreed Thursday that regulators should have the explicit ability to halt work if there are violations at a drilling operation. Three members of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission who presided over public hearings on...

Cybersecurity Firm IDs New Apple-Targeting Malware

November 6, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China. The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected by a USB cable to an infected computer and...

HeathCare.gov Gets Cybersecurity Upgrade

November 6, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law. Andy Slavitt, overseeing the complex technology, says the facility that hosts HealthCare.gov is now certified to meet the...

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Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 2:06 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

NSA Director: U.S. Intelligence Depends On Silicon Valley

November 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence depends on Silicon Valley innovation for technologies that strengthen the Internet and staff to provide national cybersecurity, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers told Stanford University professors and students Monday. While the federal government is never going to match...

China Factory Works Overtime Manufacturing Ebola Suits

November 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Zhang Weigun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 7,000 miles away in West Africa. The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in the eastern Shandong...

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...

Richard Branson: Space Travel Is Worth The Risks

November 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN Money's Poppy Harlow talks to Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic. Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it...      

Rocket Crash Stirs Uncertainty About Space Tourism

November 4, 2014 11:55 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly...

Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues. The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the...

U.S. Investigating Honda For Incomplete Reports

November 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles. Federal law requires automakers to report any claims they receive alleging that defective vehicles or parts caused a death or injury. They are required to...

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Has In-Flight Problem

October 31, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

2 Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky. The Staffordshire Police force says officers and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the SP Plastics building in Stafford, central...

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