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  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, May 19- Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling a recall of air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, creating the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall, which still does not identify the cause of the problem, involves passenger and driver-side air bags in vehicles made by...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, May 19- Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp has agreed to declare nearly 34 million vehicles defective due to problems with air bag inflators, creating the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said NHTSA also issued a consent order to Takata,...

  • WASHINGTON— For more than a decade, oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico where a hurricane toppled a drilling company's platform off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor has tried to broker a deal with the government to resolve its financial obligations for the leak, but authorities have rebuffed those overtures and have ordered additional work by the company,...

  • WASHINGTON— A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem. "There is still more that can be done by Taylor to...

  • Senators James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said they were concerned that the Defense Department and the Air Force were not complying with a law that seeks development of a U.S. alternate engine by 2019.. The senators said the Air Force was not using $220 million...

  • WASHINGTON, March 5- U.S. auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata Corp air bags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers. Rosekind, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major...

  • MIAMI, March 5- A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed this week in Florida accuses hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, called on federal agencies Wednesday...

  • Senator Bill Nelson asked three federal agencies to investigate hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc after a report on "60 Minutes" that some of its wood flooring products had dangerous levels of formaldehyde. Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, sent a letter asking...

  • Senator Bill Nelson on Wednesday asked three federal agencies to investigate Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc following a report Sunday on "60 Minutes" that some of its wood flooring products had dangerous levels of formaldehyde. Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, sent a letter asking the...

  • "These vulnerabilities have potential to compromise the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system, which the traveling public relies on each and every day," Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, and Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, wrote to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The FAA has weak controls "intended to prevent, limit,...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 20- U.S. regulators on Friday slapped Takata Corp with a $14,000 per-day fine for failing to fully cooperate with a probe of its faulty air bags and revealed that a fraction of the 17 million cars recalled because of the problems have been repaired. "As you are well aware, NHTSA has repeatedly engaged Takata and asked for the company's...

  • Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers like Google, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan that would put Internet service...

  • Takata warns about ability to fix deadly air bag Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 PM ET
    A Takata employee sews an airbag at Takata's current crash-testing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

    An executive from Japan's Takata Corp told U.S. senators on Thursday that the company may not be able to move quickly enough with air bag fixes.

  • Florida has 8.7 percent unemployment in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in September, a slight improvement from the previous two months and the final state job numbers available to voters before Election Day. Florida unemployment was 8. 8 percent in July and August. "These numbers tell us two things," Florida Gov.

  • Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a feisty performance Thursday evening during a high-stakes debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan and seize back momentum in the race for the White House.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 5- Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure that any legal settlement for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill does not undermine a recently passed law that would funnel billions of dollars worth of fines to their states.

  • Chamber launches voter mobilization effort Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help boost Republican congressional candidates, launched an extensive effort on Monday to mobilize voters. It also will include information on House and Senate races and a comparison of the candidates on the issues.