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How To Protect Your Company From Cybercriminals

September 11, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At a recent “Hacker Lab” event, “white hat” hackers revealed how cybercriminals work — and what businesses can do to protect themselves. The September 9 multimedia presentation used a simulated small business system to demonstrate how hackers choose their targets, how they enter the system, and what they...

Manufacturers Should Prepare For EU Food Labeling Directive

September 11, 2014 11:04 am | by Videojet Technologies | News | Comments

In light of the European Union’s 1169/2011 directive, manufacturers producing food items for sale in the EU will be required to clearly indicate and highlight certain information within ingredients lists starting December 13, 2014.  This includes manufacturers located...

Tech Giants Struggle With FDA Regulations

September 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar, Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing...

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Lawyer Claims GM Went To Great Lengths To Keep Dealers Informed

September 10, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada went to extraordinary lengths to keep its dealers informed about its restructuring plans in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a lawyer for the automaker told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.GM lawyer Kent Thomson, in his opening remarks, said it was widely known through briefings, media coverage, and meetings...

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands — an action that critics call a... 

Court Blocks Pollution Rules For Wyoming Plants

September 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't force several Wyoming power plants to install new pollution-control equipment while the state's legal challenge to federal regulations plays out in court, an appeals court panel...  

Belden And Tripwire Announce Cybersecurity Initiative For Manufacturers

September 10, 2014 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of advanced threat, security, and compliance solutions, and Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, today announced a new marketing initiative designed to...

Infographic: U.S. Mothers And The Importance Of Sustainably Manufactured Food

September 10, 2014 11:16 am | by IFIC | News | Comments

This infographic from the 2014 IFIC Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology Survey of U.S. Adult consumers shows how mothers value sustainable products. It reveals that over one-third of moms are willing to pay more for sustainable food and beverage products, that moms are twice as likely as other consumers to say they have increased purchasing sustainable...

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Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner®curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that its Paragould, Arkansas manufacturing plant has received...

MN Lake Tests Pesticide To Kill Zebra Mussels

September 9, 2014 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are testing a new pesticide to kill off invasive zebra mussels in a small Minneapolis-area lake. As of Monday, Christmas Lake became the first in the nation to use the new product. It marks the first time...      

How To Handle Auto Recalls If Parts Aren't Ready

September 9, 2014 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In July, two scary notices arrived in Amaris McGee's mailbox. They came from General Motors, and each told her the gray 2005 Chevy Malibu she drives to work every day is being recalled for safety problems. But neither problem...   

Strategic Alliance Formed To Advance National Biodefense Programs

September 8, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PharmAthene and Nanotherapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, have announced that they have formed a Strategic Alliance to advance the development of certain medical countermeasures for the U.S. biodefense market. Under the Alliance Agreement, each company will contribute...

Mars Chocolate Recalls Twix Candy Bars

September 8, 2014 9:35 am | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX® Brand Unwrapped Bites 7 oz. Stand Up Pouch with the code date: 421BA4GA60. Fewer than 25 cases of the stand-up pouches in this single lot code may contain...

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Improving Bottom Line Through Workplace Safety

September 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by UL | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is a highly hazardous industry where the most common injuries—sprains, strains, and fractures—can result in a staggering $82,382 per claim and can take a worker out of commission for more than 30 days ...    

Court Rules Next Week On Fracking Case

September 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing and cause more environmental harm than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) admits. Lawyers for the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking urged...

Ameren Increases Water Tests At Contaminated Callaway Plant

September 5, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to increase testing of water near its nuclear power plant in Callaway County after contaminated water was found in July in one of its monitoring wells.Nuclear power plants are required to test water quarterly, but...

Toyota: Cars Will Be Safer, But Still Need Drivers

September 4, 2014 4:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up. That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have...

Judge Rules BP's Reckless Conduct Caused Gulf Oil Spill

September 4, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Thursday could...   

iPhone And iPad Supplier Exploits and Endangers Safety of 20,000 Workers

September 4, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A factory in Suqian, China that makes iPhone and iPad parts was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, as was revealed in a new investigative report.  The investigation was conducted in August 2014 and released...

Utility Opposes $2.9M Deal In WV Spill Case

September 3, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn't use money from its...  

In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about...

Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 3, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease. State officials announced Friday that Bubier Meats of Greene is recalling fresh beef because...

Fingerprints For Freight Items

September 3, 2014 11:14 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Security is a top priority in air freight logistics, but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital logistics without sacrificing the security of air freight operations. Thousands of freight items are shipped by plane every day, and around seventy percent of them...

Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement, which is subject to court approval, will be paid into a trust until appeals are resolved over the next two years. Halliburton was...

Indiana Ethanol Plant Restarts After 2012 Shutdown

August 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An energy company has resumed production at an ethanol plant in Indiana along the Ohio River that was shut down more than two years ago by its previous owner. Valero Renewable Fuels said the plant ...        

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