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Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the

Nominee For Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind is a nationally known expert in human fatigue. He may soon inherit a government agency that's been criticized for nodding off at the wheel. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist...

Takata Quality Chief Shuns National Air Bag Recall

November 20, 2014 1:59 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary. In testimony before the Commerce Committee, Senior Vice President of Quality Hiroshi Shimizu said recalls should be limited to...

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VA To Re-Examine Spaceport Deal After Explosion

November 20, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia officials plan to re-examine a spaceport deal with Orbital Sciences Corp. following a rocket explosion that damaged a state-owned launch pad.Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration may seek to renegotiate a memorandum of understanding and launch services agreement...

Worker Dies In Alcoa Plant Accident In TX

November 19, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract worker has died in an industrial accident at a manufacturing plant in South Texas. The Victoria Advocate ( http://bit.ly/11ClecM ) reports the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Alcoa World Alumina manufacturing plant in Point Comfort. A statement from the U.S. Mine Safety...

Showdown Looms Between Government, Air Bag Maker

November 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants Takata Corp. to recall millions of potentially faulty driver's side air bag inflators across...

Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility. The flames and danger had mostly eased late Tuesday, Ventura County fire...

VW Recalls 442K Cars For Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash. The recall covers 2011 through 2013 Jettas and 2012 through 2013 Beetles. VW says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday...

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NFL Challenge Winners Spot, Prevent Brain Injuries With Virtual Reality Goggles

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists, and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries. The partners just announced the...

Air Bag System Approved For World Cup Ski Races

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy air bag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn't have missed the Sochi Olympics. And maybe Aksel Lund Svindal wouldn't have broken bones in his face and suffered a laceration to his groin and abdominal area after failing to land...

EPA: Safe For Toxic Site's Neighbors To Return

November 18, 2014 3:06 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three families forced from their homes by toxic vapors in a mountain community outside Asheville, North Carolina, can safely return, federal officials have determined. The Environmental Protection Agency had found unsafe levels of vapors from a cancer-causing chemical inside three homes in the...

Ford Recalls Fusions For Software Problem

November 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park due to a software problem. The recall covers certain Fusions, including gas-electric hybrids, from the 2014 and 2015 model years. Ford traced the...

CO Panel Makes No Progress On Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 11:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado task force wrapped up a final task force meeting on Monday with no consensus on what marijuana-infused foods and drinks should look like. The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be...

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Group Sues Kingsport Army Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Travis Loller, The Associated Pres | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water. The lawsuit filed Monday asks a federal judge to order the U.S. Army and contractor BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. to immediately stop the illegal...

Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 17, 2014 4:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. The replacement program for owners concerned about their safety was revealed in documents posted recently by...

Fire Destroys One Of Spain's Largest Meat Plants

November 17, 2014 4:17 pm | by Harold Heckle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An official says a fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. A city government spokesman says the blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant, where 1,000...

Cisco CEO Critical Of Net Neutrality

November 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Cisco CEO John Chambers says regulation of Internet service providers could hinder development and growth. CNN Money talks with Chambers about net neutrality, and the growth of digital abilities in various countries around the world....  

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

November 17, 2014 12:36 pm | by Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces it will highlight its line of Woodhead Super-Safeway and Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) at the Rockwell Automation Show, November 19-20 in Anaheim, CA. Molex will display the devices, which can be used in many different commercial and...

GM Extends Claims Deadline

November 17, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims. Kenneth Feinberg announced Sunday night that the deadline has been extended until Jan. 31, 2015. The company came under fire last week because...

Cause Of Deadly Leak At TX Plant Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. Company spokesman Aaron Woods said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in...

Ford Expands Air Bag Recall After Malaysian Death

November 14, 2014 8:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death of a pregnant Malaysian woman in a car crash involving a faulty air bag has led to another U.S. recall, as the auto industry struggles with a widening problem across the globe. Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after the crash in Malaysia...

GM: 13 Families Notified In Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

The IoT Uplink: 70% Of Cyber Attacks Start Internally

November 12, 2014 5:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Did you know that the secure perimeter of your enterprise network can still be penetrated, leaving your company vulnerable to hacking? In this episode of The IoT Uplink, we explore Fog Computing, security within a network’s infrastructure, and the open source...

Spaceship Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, despite protocol requiring the co-pilot to announce the step. Pilot Peter Siebold told the National Transportation Safety Board...

Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Slowed By Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel...

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