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Apple Makes iPhone More Compatible With Cars

March 3, 2014 2:08 pm | by Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they're on the road.                       

Buffett: Rail Tank Cars Need Upgrades

March 3, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Buffett says it's clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certain regions has the potential to be more dangerous than previously thought.              

Cummins Recalls 25K Engines

March 3, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

Engine maker and its joint venture Cummins Westport Inc. are recalling 25,013 engines because cold weather could cause a sensor to fail, resulting in an exhaust fire.                

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Investigators Say Flare Plant Blast Accidental

February 28, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Federal investigators say a deadly explosion at a military flare plant in West Tennessee was an accident and not caused by a criminal act.                    

Kids' Deaths Prompt Furniture Maker To Renew Warning

February 27, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Lane originally recalled about 12 million of the chests in 1996 after other deaths, but the chests are still being bought at second-hand stores or handed down by families.              

VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Germany's Volkswagen AG says it's recalling some 600,000 Caddy delivery vehicles worldwide to repair a problem with their rear doors.                     

Honda Recalls Over 40,000 Motorcycles

February 27, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Honda will recall 40,672 units of two motorcycle models commonly used for mail delivery in Japan over concerns about potential brake malfunction.                  

Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 8:14 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                      

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Senators Try To Curb E-Cigarette Marketing

February 27, 2014 8:10 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Several senators introduced a bill that would curb electronic cigarette marketing while the fast-growing industry awaits regulation by the FDA.                   

Rail Cars For Shipping Oil Deemed 'Unacceptable'

February 27, 2014 7:51 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said.                

Schumer: Oil Train Safety Plan Inadequate For N.Y.

February 26, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the agreement announced by the federal Department of Transportation and Association of American Railroads doesn't go far enough to protect upstate communities. Trains pull hundreds of tankers of highly volatile crude oil from North Dakota cross New York daily in a virtual moving pipeline to East Coast refineries.

NASA Could Have Prevented Astronaut's Close Call

February 26, 2014 2:20 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA could have prevented last summer's near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut. That's the conclusion of an investigation board created by NASA in the wake of last July's close call outside the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water on July 16. He barely made it back inside alive.

Israel Completes Tests On Airline Defense System

February 26, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Israel's defense ministry says it successfully completed final testing on a system that protects commercial planes from missile attacks. Eitan Eshel, head of research and development at the ministry, said Wednesday that testing of the "Sky Shield" system was "100 percent successful."

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U.S. Safety Agency Likely Probing GM Recall Response

February 26, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.

EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 11:14 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament has voted in favor of tough new anti-smoking rules governing the multibillion-dollar tobacco market including the introduction of mandatory picture and text health warnings covering about two-thirds of cigarette packs.   

Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 8:09 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

GM Adds 842,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 25, 2014 2:31 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted brakes and steering and disable the front air bags.

California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef. Huffman said investigators could not provide details, but he was told the suspected misconduct was grave.

Japan Plan Keeps Nuclear As Key Energy Source

February 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.

Pollution Hides Beijing Skyline; Statues Get Masks

February 25, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Beijing remained cloaked in hazardous white pollution, despite the announced closures or production cuts at 147 of the city's industrial plants. Readings of PM2.5, a key measure of pollution, reached 444 micrograms per cubic meter in central Beijing. The World Health Organization considers 25 micrograms a safe level.

Group Wants Heart Attack Warning On Testosterone

February 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A consumer advocacy group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to add a bold warning label to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.    

NM Nuclear Dump Officials Say Environment Is Safe

February 25, 2014 8:04 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe. More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

Cigarette Maker Lorillard Bans Animal Testing

February 25, 2014 7:42 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. has banned animal testing following discussions with an animal rights group that has raised concerns over industry studies in which animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke, eat tobacco and have cigarette tar painted on their skin.

Worker Injured In Tenn. Plant Blast

February 24, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

An explosion at a manufacturing plant in western Tennessee injured at least one person Saturday. WMC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1l9k8vP ) the blast happened around 10:50 a.m. at a plant in Toone owned by the Kilgore Flares Company. The worker suffered severe burns and was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Keri Dawson, vice president, Industry Solutions and Advisory Services, MetricStream, discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.    

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