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OR Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. Brown certified the final numbers Monday showing Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out of...

Senate Approves New Auto Safety Chief

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government's auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags. Mark Rosekind, 59, a leading expert on human fatigue, was approved by...

Study Finds Toxic Chemicals In Seasonal Holiday Products

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new research study finds that top retailers of holiday decor continue to sell some seasonal decorations and other products that contain hazardous chemicals. Researchers found that 2/3 of these products have one or more hazardous chemicals that have been linked to serious health threats. The study is an update to previous...

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 42

December 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 251 death claims and...

Water Leak Found At PA Nuclear Plant

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in central Pennsylvania say they have disconnected Unit One from the regional power grid after finding a small water leak inside the containment structure. PPL officials said Saturday that the leak was "well within the plants limits for continued safe operation" but the...

Volatility Index Underscores Need For Supply Chain Risk Management

December 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Stephane Crosnier, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy--Operations | Articles | Comments

VIX, the index used by The Chicago Board Options Exchange to calculate anticipated market volatility, recently dipped after hitting a nearly three-year high in the fall. Given recent news headlines, the triggers that prompted the index spike are relatively easy to imagine – war in the Middle East, the European...

14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants

December 15, 2014 10:33 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced...

Fish Farming Finds Its Way To Land-Locked Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky...

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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the rifle used in the shooting. The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the...

Avian Flu Continues To Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested...

Chrysler Obeys Safety Regulators, Expands Recall

December 12, 2014 9:58 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force. The latest expansion covers the Ram pickup from the 2003 to 2005 model years, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango, 2005 Chrysler 300 and...

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

December 12, 2014 9:54 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security. Privacy...

5 Quick Questions: GE Sees Data Living On The Edge

December 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Trends abound, but perhaps none impact both the short and long-term prospects of manufacturing more than those related to data management and security. Manufacturing.net recent sat down with Rich Carpenter, Chief Technology Strategist for GE’s Intelligent Platforms Business, to discuss the...

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Senator's Family Sues Manufacturers In Plane Crash

December 10, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages from the aircraft's manufacturers in a negligence lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the 2013 crash that killed Perry Dyson Inhofe II was due to manufacturers not providing proper maintenance on the...

2015: A Busy Year For OSHA

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow. For starters...

Nissan Recalls 407K Vehicles For Fuel Leak Problem

December 9, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling about 470,000 cars and SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause fuel leaks. In the U.S., the recall covers about 134,000 vehicles with direct fuel injection engines. That includes Nissan's Juke SUV from the 2012 through 2014 model years, and the Infiniti M56 and QX5...

Honda Adds 2.6M Vehicles To Air Bag Repair List

December 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it will replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S. Honda is the only automaker to comply with government demands for national repairs. The company says it's doing so to address customer concerns. Air bags made by...

Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 2:08 pm | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Kimberly Janvier says the sounds from a construction site are all it takes to trigger intense memories of that day. The 36-year-old scaffolder was working at an oil refinery in Regina when a pipe burst and her life changed forever. "There was this big boom, and I remember cringing," Janvier...

Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development In The U.S. West

December 4, 2014 6:25 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections. Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres...

Alliant Moving Ahead With Demolition Of Plant

December 4, 2014 6:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alliant Energy is moving ahead with the demolition of its Sixth Street Generating Station near downtown Cedar Rapids. The plant has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since it began providing electricity in 1888. Part of the plant was damaged by flooding in 2008 and it stopped...

ND Power Plant Off Line After Fire

December 4, 2014 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

No one was hurt in a fire at the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah in western North Dakota. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. says in a statement that a mechanical failure about 5 a.m. Thursday led to the fire. The cause of the equipment failure was not...

'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency To Police Shootings

December 4, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved...

The IoT Uplink: 90% Of IT Networks To Have IoT-Based Security Breach

December 4, 2014 11:37 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink examines IoT security tools, making better connections, and how improving standards will help improve IoT adoption rates.  We look specifically at Elliptic Technologies and the security hardware platform tRoot, SAP's new solutions for...

Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative For Airbags

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls. The goal of this initiative is to address affected automakers’ issues related to the airbag inflator recalls and...

What You Need To Know About Takata Air Bag Recall

December 3, 2014 5:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S. The air bags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending...

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