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Chinese Drywall May Have Destroyed Homes

July 30, 2014 2:29 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for people who say defective Chinese drywall wrecked their homes have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers. It adds a new defendant — the Chinese commission that oversees 117 widespread companies including ...    

Small Cars Fare Poorly In Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 11:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500L and Mazda5 wagon all ...          

Toyota Remains No. 1 In Global Vehicle Sales

July 29, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.                  

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Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants For Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 10:40 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.                

Ocean Spray Worker Dies In Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                     

Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                       

Drone Nearly Blocks California Firefighting Planes

July 29, 2014 8:18 am | by Fenit Nirappil and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

1 Dead, 3 Hurt In Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                 

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Mining Deaths On Rise In First Half Of 2014

July 29, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012.                 

FAA Proposes $12M Fine For Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 7:49 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.               

Window Decals Warn Of Hot Car Danger For Kids

July 29, 2014 7:46 am | by David Dishneau, Associated Press | News | Comments

After numerous children have died in hot cars, an automobile industry trade group is offering free window decals to remind people that children should never be left alone in vehicles.                

RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal On Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.              

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader Car Built on a Corvette Chassis

July 28, 2014 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

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Lawmakers Push For Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane, Schumer and Israel said.                

Drug Maker Fights Pediatricians' New Advice

July 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.              

NHTSA Opens Probe Of Impala Air Bag Performance

July 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.                

Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                       

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City For Blast

July 28, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.                 

Feds Probe Dodge Charger Complaints

July 25, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Revolutionary Fuel Cell; More Problems For GM

July 25, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a new fuel cell system from GE to yet another delayed recall from General Motors.                  

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

Halco Recalls LED Bulbs Due To Injury, Burn Hazards

July 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by Consumer Product Safety Commission | News | Comments

The lamps are being recalled because there is a potential for the metal housing and assembly portion of the LED bulb to separate from the plastic driver housing installed in the lighting fixture, which could result in the product falling from the ceiling, presenting possible risk of property damage or injury.

NHTSA Probes Hyundai Sonata Air Bag Problem

July 25, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether an electrical problem can knock out the air bags on some older Hyundai Sonatas.                      

GM Recalls Cadillac, Camaro In China

July 25, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and its main Chinese partner are recalling nearly 20,000 imported Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles and Chevrolet Camaros to replace defective seat bolts.              

U.S. Executions Marked By Challenges, Drug Shortages

July 25, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

After more than three decades of using the same three-drug combo to put hundreds of inmates to death with few problems, states have scrambled in recent years to find alternative drugs because of a shortage rooted in European opposition to capital punishment.

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