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HeathCare.gov Gets Cybersecurity Upgrade

November 6, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law. Andy Slavitt, overseeing the complex technology, says the facility that hosts HealthCare.gov is now certified to meet the...

Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 2:06 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the end, not even Oregon's backyard chicken owners and vegan foodies had enough money and clout to persuade voters to pass a ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

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NSA Director: U.S. Intelligence Depends On Silicon Valley

November 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence depends on Silicon Valley innovation for technologies that strengthen the Internet and staff to provide national cybersecurity, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers told Stanford University professors and students Monday. While the federal government is never going to match...

China Factory Works Overtime Manufacturing Ebola Suits

November 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Zhang Weigun, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Far from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 7,000 miles away in West Africa. The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in the eastern Shandong...

Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations. The subsidiary, Brody Mining, had been cited with 54 orders concerning mine safety or health hazards. Those orders caused Secretary of...

Richard Branson: Space Travel Is Worth The Risks

November 4, 2014 4:27 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN Money's Poppy Harlow talks to Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic. Despite the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Richard Branson says the risk of testing commercial space flights is worth it...      

Rocket Crash Stirs Uncertainty About Space Tourism

November 4, 2014 11:55 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly...

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Ford Issues 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

November 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America in five separate recalls to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues. The company says the problems have caused one accident, but it's not aware of injuries in any of the...

U.S. Investigating Honda For Incomplete Reports

November 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating whether Honda Motor Co. failed to report deaths and injuries that occurred in its vehicles. Federal law requires automakers to report any claims they receive alleging that defective vehicles or parts caused a death or injury. They are required to...

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Has In-Flight Problem

October 31, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be...

Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs For Air Bag Problem

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall covers the QX56 SUVs from 2013 and the QX80s from 2014. The company says inflators made by Takata Corp. were built with an incorrect outer...

2 Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Warehouse

October 31, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British police say two people are missing after a blaze at a fireworks warehouse that sent plumes of black smoke and explosions into the sky. The Staffordshire Police force says officers and fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire at the SP Plastics building in Stafford, central...

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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall, and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. OSHA issued 11 citations...

Government Pushes Airbag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent letters...

NY Revises Liquefied Gas Facilities Proposal

October 29, 2014 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed...

Ford Recalls 205K SUVs For Fuel Tank Leak

October 29, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the problem to rust under...

Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control. The recalls bring the newly merged company's total for the year to 6.4 million vehicles worldwide and 5.1 million in the U.S. as it...

Cause Sought For Space-Supply Rocket Explosion

October 29, 2014 4:37 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA and officials from a commercial rocket company are searching for debris and answers following the explosion of a rocket and cargo module that were to deliver supplies to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Bill Wrobel is director of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops...

Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes At Liftoff

October 28, 2014 7:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the...

Rentech Commences Start-Up Of Atikokan Wood Pellet Facility

October 28, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rentech, Inc. announced today that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing, and final commissioning. Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach...

Minibike Company Fined By Government Safety Agency

October 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina company that sells minibikes and go-carts has agreed to pay $4.3 million in a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the largest-ever civil penalty levied by the agency. CPSC alleged that Baja Inc. and its corporate affiliate, One World Technologies Inc., of...

VA Stops Use Of Guardrail Maker's Products

October 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia transportation officials plan to remove installations of a common highway-guardrail system amid safety concerns. The Virginia Department of Transportation also plans to seek reimbursement for the removal cost from the system's manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Industry, VDOT spokeswoman...

5 Injured In Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city. Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant. Bradley says one person was...

Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 27, 2014 2:24 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota continues its winning streak atop Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings. The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings...

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