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Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 7:36 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."               

1 Injured In Jersey Chemical Plant Blast

July 11, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                           

Study Says W.Va. Spilled Chemical May Be More Toxic

July 11, 2014 3:23 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study shows a chemical that spilled into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.                

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CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Citing a recurring problem with safety, U.S. officials have suspended the shipment of potentially dangerous germs from government laboratories in Atlanta to other labs.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                          

Chrysler Recalls 651K SUVs

July 11, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.              

Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Meeting To Discuss Silicon Plant Project

July 10, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.    

Honda To Recall 170K Hybrid Cars

July 10, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. said it will recall a total of 175,356 Fit and Vezel hybrid vehicles due to a faulty engine control system that could cause problems such as unintended acceleration.             

GM Recalling Nearly 29K Saab Cars

July 10, 2014 7:27 am | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 28,789 Saab convertibles because the driver's seat belt retractor can break.                               

NYPD Sees Risks With Drones' Popularity

July 9, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

New York City police say some recent incidents involving wayward drones show that the popularity of the remote-controlled aircraft poses potential risks.                  

Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                 

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Delphi Exec Called By Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                 

Court Considers Charges In 2010 BP Disaster Deaths

July 9, 2014 8:01 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors tried to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate some of the manslaughter charges against two BP employees in a case arising from the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.   

Site Of Grand Canyon Plane Crash Designated Historic

July 9, 2014 7:57 am | by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two commercial airplanes collided over the canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the deadliest aviation disaster of the time. The crash helped spawn major changes to improve air traffic control and radar systems and to create a federal agency to regulate it.

Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                 

U.S. Asks Salmonella Victims To Describe Impact

July 8, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors are asking the victims of a 2010 salmonella outbreak to share their stories as a judge considers how to punish the corporation and executives responsible.                  

Police: Drone Came Within 800 Feet Of Chopper

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

Police have arrested two people for operating a drone over the George Washington Bridge that came within 800 feet of a police helicopter.                     

How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.           

New York Mulls Releasing Oil Train Details

July 8, 2014 7:58 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the federal government ordered railroads a month ago to give states details about shipments of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, New York officials haven't decided whether to share that information with the public. 

People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing

July 7, 2014 5:44 pm | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Blogs | Comments

Far too often, an engineer is sitting in the backroom creating plant floor programs that are perfect from a process perspective, but are not practical when it comes to real-world situations. This needs to change.            

Some U.S.-Bound Air Travelers Will Be Required To Turn On Phones

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turning on an electronic device can show a screener that the laptop or cell phone, for instance, is a working device and that the batteries are used for operating that device and are not hidden explosives.          

1 Hurt In Georgia Chemical Leak

July 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.              

Blue Bird Recalling School Buses For Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                   

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