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Maker Of Device In 'Superbug' Outbreak Lacked FDA Clearance

March 6, 2015 | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost At Sea for 170 Years

March 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.


Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the Pacific Northwest.


Nissan Recalls More Altimas For Hood Latch Problem

March 6, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan is recalling 625,000 more cars in the U.S. as part of a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are moving.


IBM Buys Small Denver Startup AlchemyAPI To Expand Watson

March 5, 2015 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press

IBM announced the purchase of AlchemyAPI, a small Denver startup, on Wednesday as part of its effort to expand its Watson cognitive computing system.


Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power To North American CEO

March 5, 2015 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 5, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers.


Dow’s Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 11:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices.


Report: J&J Close To Deal To Buy Partner Pharmacyclics

March 5, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson reportedly is close to buying biopharmaceutical company Pharmacyclics, its longtime partner in developing blood cancer treatment Imbruvica.


By The Numbers: 2014 Record Year For Auto Recalls

March 4, 2015 12:28 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The U.S. government’s list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles in 2014 was topped by General Motors and Honda. Combined, the two companies accounted for more than half of the record 64 million vehicles recalled.


Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.


ABB To Add 300 Jobs At Tennessee Facility

March 4, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Power systems and automation company ABB expects to add 300 jobs at its Low Voltage Products division near Memphis, officials announced Tuesday.


Zuckerberg: Facebook Initiative Seeks To Boost Telecoms

March 4, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted the company's effort to increase Internet access in emerging markets this week amid growing criticism from some providers.


Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 4, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."


Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.


Apple, Android Browsers Vulnerable To 'FREAK Attack'

March 4, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack."


Auto Industry Slows For Bad Weather, But Stays On Course

March 4, 2015 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.


Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 3, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company’s plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year.


Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need A Degree'

March 3, 2015 12:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree."


Federal Report Identifies Sources Of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness.


Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures.



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