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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Indictment For Glock; Incompetence At GM

June 6, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the GM recall report that blames incompetence and negligence for the recall that led to 13 deaths to an indictment for a gun dealer and Glock executives over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks.

Mass. Bill Would Tighten Oversight Of Amusement Parks

June 6, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

The legislation would provide mandatory accident reporting procedures and require the keeping of a log of all regular maintenance schedules, service and repair reports, and any accidents or injuries that occurred on any of the rides.    

Group Wants To Test W.Va. Homes For Chemical

June 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent research group suggests sampling water in 720 West Virginia homes for a chemical that spilled into the water supply in January.                    

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What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 8:33 am | News | Comments

The 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close. Here's what's still to come in the ongoing recall case.                       

Purdue University Planning Melon Safety Workshops

June 6, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

The Purdue Extension offered similar workshops last year in response to a 2012 salmonella outbreak in cantaloupe traced to a producer in southwestern Indiana and potential federal inspections of Indiana packinghouses.       

Blast Rocks Kosovo Power Plant

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A huge explosion rocked Kosovo's main power plant Friday, killing at least three people and injuring more than a dozen, a government official told The Associated Press Friday.                    

Minnesota Company Recalling Some Cheese, Salsa

June 6, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says consumers should avoid eating certain cheese and salsa produced by Coon Rapids-based Parkers Farm Acquisition because of possible listeria contamination.              

$100M NuvaRing Settlement Finalized

June 6, 2014 7:46 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $100 million settlement involving NuvaRing, a birth-control device linked to sometimes-fatal side effects, will stand now that enough claimants have chosen to opt into the agreement.            

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Safety Board Faults Key Device In BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 12:59 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.          

Engine Maker: CSeries Could Fly Again Soon

June 5, 2014 12:36 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.         

GM Launching Compensation Program For Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.        

GM: Incompetence And Negligence Led To Recall

June 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

GM CEO Mary Barra said 15 employees have been fired and five others have been disciplined over the company's failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is now linked to at least 13 deaths.         

3 Key Questions About The GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 8:35 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Why that delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                       

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GlaxoSmithKline To Pay $105M To 45 States

June 4, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

The settlement resolves allegations that GSK illegally marketed Advair, Paxil and Wellbutrin for purposes that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.               

GM Will Release Recall Report On Thursday

June 4, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                   

Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress On The Job

June 4, 2014 12:02 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC | Articles | Comments

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.     

22 Killed In Mine Accident In China

June 4, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

A coal mine accident killed 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, the city's news office said in an online statement Wednesday.                  

Regulator: Making Embryos From 3 People Doesn't Look Unsafe

June 4, 2014 8:26 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe" even though no one has ever received the treatment, according to a new report.           

Airline Group Says No Timetable For Airplane Tracking

June 3, 2014 3:21 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior official at an organization representing the majority of airlines worldwide said there is no specific timetable for implementing new tracking recommendations following the disappearance of a Malaysian aircraft with 239 people aboard.  

Safety Was Low In GM Hierarchy Before Recalls

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As of early last year, the director of vehicle safety was four rungs down the ladder from the CEO, according to a copy of the chart obtained by The Associated Press. Finance, sales and public relations had a direct path to the top.         

Construction Work Begins For Ice Wall At Fukushima

June 3, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began construction of a huge underground ice wall around four reactor buildings, a key measure to tackle the toxic water buildup at the complex.       

Chicago Sues Over Painkiller Marketing

June 3, 2014 7:56 am | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drug makers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.                 

Deal Calls For Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                

Safety Regulators Probe Effectiveness Of Chrysler Air Bag Recall

June 2, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working.                        

Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.             

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