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News Summary: Consumer group sues FDA over drug

September 5, 2012 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

SAFETY QUESTION: Public Citizen says it's filed a federal lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer's disease drug from the market over potentially fatal side effects.DANGEROUS DELAY: The consumer group petitioned FDA in spring 2011 to remove from...

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Iowa doctor charged with 8 counts of manslaughter

September 5, 2012 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Des Moines doctor faces involuntary manslaughter charges for allegedly prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed, including a metal band's founder.Dr. Daniel Baldi appeared Wednesday in Polk County District Court, and a judge entered a not...

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Transocean CEO confident of winning Brazil appeal

September 5, 2012 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Transocean Ltd. CEO Steven L. Newman said Wednesday that he is confident of overturning a ban on his company's drilling and transportation operations in Brazil.Last month, a federal court gave Chevron Corp. and Transocean 30 days to suspend oil drilling and transportation operations in Brazil...

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BP says old oil from spill exposed by Isaac

September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

BP PLC says some oil from its massive offshore 2010 spill along the Louisiana coast was exposed after Hurricane Isaac's scouring waves exposed deposits of buried tar.Louisiana officials closed a stretch of beach near Fourchon on Tuesday after scouts said they found large tar mats. BP...

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'Hybrid metrology' method could improve computer chips

September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | Comments

A refined method developed at NIST for measuring nanometer-sized objects may help computer manufacturers more effectively size up the myriad tiny switches packed onto chips' surfaces. The method, which makes use of multiple measuring instruments and statistical techniques, is already drawing attention from industry.

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Honeywell inks $735 million jet engine contract

September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Honeywell International Inc. said Wednesday that it got a $735 million contract to provide and maintain engines for the Israel Ministry of Defense's advanced jet trainer fleet.The F124 Turbofan engines it will provide under the deal are produced by the International Turbine Engine Co., a...

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Another twist in fight over 'sugar' definition

September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI - AP Food Industry Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The battle of the sweeteners keeps getting stickier.The nation's biggest producers of high-fructose corn syrup are countersuing the Sugar Association, saying the group misleads consumers by suggesting its sweetener is to blame for obesity and other health issues.The claim filed Tuesday is in...

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Acura's RDX moves mainstream

September 5, 2012 12:40 pm | by ANN M. JOB - For The Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Redesigned for 2013, the Acura RDX compact sport utility vehicle is slightly larger, with a more compliant ride, than its predecessor and has more power than ever while beating the popular Lexus RX 350 in fuel economy ratings.The new RDX also has more front- and rear-seat legroom than a...

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Motorola broadens Razr brand with new smartphones

September 5, 2012 11:41 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Motorola is broadening the use of its Razr brand to a family of smartphones in its first major product launch under new owner Google.Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders Wednesday for the first of the new phones, the Droid Razr M. It's a cheaper, smaller phone than the Razr that Motorola...

7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

September 5, 2012 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.An emergency room doctor who saw her for a seizure and 107-degree fever wasn't sure what was wrong either.The girl was then flown to Denver, where a pediatric doctor...

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Republic aims for American's regional flights

September 5, 2012 11:41 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Regional airline Republic Airways hopes to take advantage of American Airline's bankruptcy and pick up some flying on behalf of the carrier.Tuesday night, a federal bankruptcy judge terminated the union contract of pilots working for AMR Corp., the parent company of American and its regional...

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Ford recalls new Escapes to fix coolant leaks

September 5, 2012 11:40 am | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Ford is recalling about 7,600 brand-new Escape SUVs to fix coolant leaks that can cause engines to overheat or even catch fire.The recall affects Escapes from the 2013 model year with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines.The problem is that plugs in the engine may not have been installed properly...

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Researchers identify biochemical functions for most of the human genome

September 5, 2012 11:06 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Only about 1% of the human genome contains gene regions that code for proteins, raising the question of what the rest of the DNA is doing. Scientists have now begun to discover the answer: About 80% of the genome is biochemically active, and likely involved in regulating the expression of nearby genes, according to a study from a large international team of researchers.

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Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length

September 5, 2012 10:52 am | Comments

A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering at Harvard University have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may pave the way to replacing damaged cartilage in human joints. Called a hydrogel, the new material is a hybrid of two weak gels that combine to create something much stronger. Not only can this new gel stretch to 21 times its original length, but it is also exceptionally tough, self-healing, and biocompatible.

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Shell builds Canadian carbon capture plant

September 5, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has started building a project to capture more than a million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year and store them underground near its oil sands operations in Canada.Shell said Wednesday that the carbon capture and storage project, called Quest, will be the first of...

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