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Why Can You Shut Off An Airplane's Transponder?

March 18, 2014 8:33 am | by Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication that allows air traffic controllers to identify and track airplanes.            

NASA Teams Up To Better Understand Supersonic Flight

March 17, 2014 3:15 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Since the Concorde’s final landing at London’s Heathrow Airport nearly a decade ago, commercial supersonic air travel has been as elusive as a piece of lost luggage. However, this hasn’t stopped NASA from continuing the quest to develop solutions that will help get supersonic passenger travel off the ground once more.

GM Recalls 1.18 Million SUVs For Air Bag Problem

March 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recalls aren't related to investigations over the defective ignition switches case, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.      

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Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                         

Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to documents, the cover on the fuel pump strainer can wear down from exposure to high temperatures and acidic chemicals, like those found in fertilizers.                         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Should Foreign Aircraft Shops Require Drug Testing?

March 13, 2014 10:50 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops.             

Report Says Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 13, 2014 10:44 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report.           

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Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 13, 2014 10:38 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.            

Devices To Track Truck Driver Hours Proposed

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Commercial trucks and buses that cross state lines would have to be equipped with electronic devices that record how many hours the vehicles are in operation, according to a government proposal.            

Crude Oil Shipments By Rail Up 83 Percent

March 13, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

The number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow.                   

FDA Defends Hydrocodone Drug Approval

March 13, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The head of the Food and Drug Administration says the much-debated painkiller Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating pain.                     

GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.          

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Retail Group Wants Youth E-Cig Ban

March 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

A retail industry group is encouraging convenience stores and gas stations nationwide not to sell electronic cigarettes to minors.                     

Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                       

Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 8:56 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                     

Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles, but the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.           

Malaysia Says No Engine Data After Plane Went Missing

March 13, 2014 8:31 am | by Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian airliner's engines continued sending data for hours after its last contact, but said it was possible the plane continued flying and that they would widen their search.       

New Zealand Dairy Giant Pleads Guilty To Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 8:12 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials filed charges accusing Fonterra of processing and exporting products in a way that didn't meet standards and then failing to notify officials quickly enough when it became aware of the lapses.         

Groups Protest Chemicals Used In iPhone

March 13, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.         

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that involved the catastrophic failure of a tire that was part of a July 2012 recall.                     

Fight Over Minn. Driver Record Data Draws Lawmakers

March 12, 2014 2:20 pm | by Brian Bakst, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they're responding to citizen concern about privacy while a coalition of groups ranging from auto insurers to car dealers to data aggregators contend it will raise consumer prices and slow safety recalls.         

GM Offering Loaners, Cash To Recalled Car Owners

March 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.            

Maker Of OxyContin Will Offer Abuse-Resistant Zohydro

March 12, 2014 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Purdue Pharma says it has completed testing of an abuse-resistant version of the painkiller hydrocodone, a surprise development that could derail sales of the recently launched Zohydro.            

Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disappearance

March 12, 2014 12:13 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.         

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