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  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it had not received a notice from U.S. safety regulators about expanding nationwide a previous region-specific recall of flawed air bags supplied by Takata Corp.. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency's call for a recall expansion was prompted by an August incident in North Carolina, outside the area...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday announced it has called on Japanese supplier Takata and automakers to expand nationwide their previously regional recall of flawed air bags. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator David Friedman told reporters on Tuesday that Takata has so far expressed an "...

  • TAKATA RECALL BASED ON NEW INFORMATION, SPECIFICALLY AN INCIDENT IN NORTH CAROLINA- U.S.

  • Safety agency to push for national air bag recall Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver's side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Takata has said that prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed, causing the problem. Up until now, about 8 million cars in the U.S. with Takata inflators...

  • Duke University dean will lead Middlebury College Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    MIDDLEBURY, Vt.— A dean and religion professor at Duke University in North Carolina known as a translator of classic Indian Sanskrit texts is going to become the next president of Middlebury College, trustees announced Tuesday. She will be the first woman to lead Middlebury, a liberal arts college with about 2,450 students, in its 214- year history, the trustees...

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • Consumer office opposes Duke's $1.9B Indiana plan Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Indiana's utility customer advocate has recommended that regulators reject Duke Energy's proposal for a $1.9 billion electric grid upgrade in the state. The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says Indiana's largest electric utility hasn't provided legally required details about its proposed spending on infrastructure updates, such...

  • The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Honda quietly will repair air bags nationwide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. Honda's action, plus a report of an exploding air bag that injured a Ford Mustang driver in North Carolina, is likely to give more ammunition to lawmakers...

  • Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    The evolution of insect resistance "is a great threat" long- term to the sustainability of the GMO crop biotechnology that has become a highly valued tool for many U.S. farmers, according to Fangneng Huang, an entomologist at Louisiana State University and lead researcher for a three-year study. The research documents resistance by fall armyworms in the...

  • Wisconsin agency proposes fee for electric cars Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes...

  • Reynolds launching heat-not-burn cigarette Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Reynolds American Inc. is launching a cigarette that heats tobacco rather than burning it, hoping to capitalize on the growing appetite for alternatives to traditional smokes. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company said Monday that it will begin selling Revo— a cigarette that uses a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit— in...

  • The 2007 Mustang was part of a June recall of millions of cars from nine manufacturers because air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp could rupture and send metal fragments into the cabin. The so-called "regional recalls" were carried out mainly in high-humidity states such as Florida after Takata said the inflators could be susceptible to...

  • Ford says investigating air bag injury in Mustang Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 8:42 PM ET

    DETROIT, Nov 16- Ford Motor Co said on Sunday night it is cooperating with U.S. safety regulators investigating a report that the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August in North Carolina by a metal fragment from the car's air bag.

  • Arkansas trots to No. 2 turkey-producing state Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Arkansas has trotted into second place among turkey-producing states after North Carolina's gobbler population fell sharply as U.S. turkey numbers hit a 28- year low. Arkansas saw its turkey population rise from 28 million to 29 million in the same span, while Indiana, the nation's No. 4 turkey-producing state, gained 1.5 million birds to 19...

  • Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond marks milestone Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is marking its 100th anniversary. The Richmond Fed serves the Fifth Federal Reserve District, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and most of West Virginia. Branch offices of the Richmond Fed opened in Baltimore in 1918 and in Charlotte in 1927. More than...

  • Insurer sues owner of tall ship that sank in Sandy Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:58 PM ET

    Newsday reported Friday that Acadia Insurance Co. sued Robert Hansen this month. The suit seeks to recoup $5 million in payouts after the Long Island- based HMS Bounty sank off North Carolina in 2012.. The National Transportation Safety Board noted some problems with the 50- year-old ship but largely faulted the captain for sailing into the hurricane's path.

  • NC gov sues legislators over coal ash commission Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Pat McCrory and two of his predecessors sued North Carolina's top legislators Thursday over the makeup of the state's new Coal Ash Management Commission and other panels approved this year by the General Assembly. Jim Hunt and Jim Martin filed suit in Wake County court against Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis. The key issue in the...

  • CEO's hands-on style key in deadly coal blast case Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Don Blankenship joined a small club of executives when he was indicted on federal charges in the 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 people. University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett has been tracking corporate prosecutions since 2001 and has written a book on the subject, "Too Big to Jail." His retirement came six...

  • NC coal ash commission meets as NC governor sues Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— A new state commission overseeing the cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps in North Carolina was sworn in Friday as Gov. The new nine-member Coal Ash Management Commission was created by a law passed in response to the massive Feb. 2 spill at a Duke dump in Eden, which coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. Senate Leader Phil Berger and...