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Floor Mats Recalled For Possible Gas Pedal Interference

October 8, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal. Omix Ada of Suwannee, Georgia, says the recall covers Cabela's Custom Fit, Line-X Truck...

Boeing, Airbus At Odds Over Black Box Debate

October 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with deployable black boxes that would be easier to find in the event of an ocean crash. Airbus' chief product security officer, Pascal Andrei, told a government...

GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 6, 2014 4:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.At first, the problem was a shortage of parts. But now...  

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Drywall Suit

October 6, 2014 3:44 pm | by Janet Mcconnaughey - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices were sent Friday to the...

5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China. Police in Guizhou province are investigating the cause of the blast which ripped through the factory in the village of Lanjiang. One...

91K Pounds Of Beef Recalled For Possible Metal Contamination

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.Corpus Christi-based Sam Kane Beef Processors is recalling the beef products after four consumer...

Feds Investigate Ford Power Steering

October 6, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as...

15 Dead In Explosives Factory Accident

October 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifteen people were confirmed dead Thursday in a blast at an explosives decommissioning factory in northwestern Bulgaria. Civil Defense chief Nikolai Nikolov said that thirteen men and two women perished in the wake of the blast that...

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Feds Blocking Utah Company For Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license. The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security will block exports by X-TREME Motors, LLC. for about six months after customs authorities...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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