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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.                               

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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.                 

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.

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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. 

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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.                   

California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 8:06 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.               

Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

Suspected Mad Cow Disease Found In Romanian Beef

July 2, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The officials only revealed the case after Russia decided to ban imports of Romanian beef, citing fears of BSE. It wasn't clear how the Russians learned about it.                

First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets GOP Pushback

July 2, 2014 11:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

Thousands Evacuated After Chinese Oil Pipeline Burns

July 2, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said.                  

Gauge With Nuclear Material Missing In Pa.

July 2, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are searching for a missing portable gauge that contains sealed radioactive material.                       

Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace In June

July 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                  

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