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Japanese PM admits government and TEPCO ignored safety concerns

In a meeting of the Japanese Parliament’s Upper House Budget Committee, Prime Minister Naoto Kan stated that the government and TEPCO failed to address safety concerns that had arisen prior to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. An accident in June of 2010 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant revealed weaknesses…

Pork that ‘glows,’ beans with cancer chems among China’s latest poison foods

BEIJING (AFP) – A wave of tainted-food scares has renewed fears in China over continued product-safety problems despite a government promise to clean up the food industry following a deadly 2008 milk scandal. Tainted pork, toxic milk, dyed buns and other dodgy foods have surfaced in recent weeks, sickening consumers…

Coast Guard investigation of oil spill cites Transocean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Serious safety lapses by oil rig owner and operator Transocean Ltd contributed to the massive blowout and spill at a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said in a report on the 2010 disaster. A Coast Guard investigation “revealed numerous systems deficiencies,…

Franklin Graham: Second Coming of Christ will be on YouTube, Twitter

“Social media could have a big part” in the Second Coming of Christ, evangelist Franklin Graham said in an interview that aired Sunday. “I believe there’s no question, I believe we’re in the latter days of this age,” Graham told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. “When I say latter days, could it…

Damage from BP oil spill lingers a year later

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – The worst maritime oil spill in history began nearly a year ago with a drop in pressure in a poorly drilled well deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It hasn’t really ended even though BP’s runaway well was eventually capped 87 days later. As crews…

Exclusive: Advocates warn Obama not to back debt commission’s ‘radical’ cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON – A large coalition of pro-Social Security groups on Tuesday warned President Barack Obama against supporting cuts to the popular seniors program, as unconfirmed reports circulated that he may endorse his fiscal commission’s proposals to reduce benefits. “It’s terrible policy and it’s terrible politics,” Nancy Altman, co-director of Social…

Transocean gives bonuses for ‘best year in safety’ … that left 11 dead

It’s still too soon to say exactly who was to blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf last year, but already rig owner Transocean is congratulating itself for its safety record, and dishing out the bonuses. In federal filings revealed over the weekend by The Wall Street Journal,…

BP asks to resume drilling in Gulf Coast

Less than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that pumped oil into the waters off the Gulf Coast, BP is applying for permission to resume drilling in the area, reports the New York Times. Citing two unnamed sources — “company officials with direct knowledge of the application” — the…

Southwest cancels hundreds of flights, finds ‘widespread cracking’ on 737

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – National safety inspectors have found evidence of “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a government official said on Sunday. “Was the aircraft well maintained and…

Transocean hails ‘best year’ in safety, gives execs bonuses, despite Gulf spill

The company that owns the now-infamous Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig that caused immeasurable damage to the Gulf, recently applauded itself for the “best year in safety performance in our Company’s history.” The company, Transocean Ltd., rewarded its executives millions in bonuses for the achievement, according to the annual report…

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