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Mylan Inc. said its Agila Specialties unit issued a nationwide recall of 10 lots of etomidate injections because they could contain small black particles identified as pieces of paper labels. The particles could cause serious health problems, Cecil-based Mylan said. There also were problems with missing or illegible lot numbers and expiration dates on vials and cartons of the medication, which is used for general anesthesia and was made at Agila's plant in Warsaw, Poland. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Mylan at 1-800-848-0462. Consumers with problems potentially related to the product should contact their health care provider, Mylan said.

Is gas 'March Madness' here?

Gasoline prices in the Pittsburgh region shot up 4.5 cents over the past week, landing at $3.56 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy.com. Pittsburgh was just slightly behind the national increase of 5 cents per gallon, averaging $3.34 across the country. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan indicated this "may signal the beginning of 'March Madness,' the time of year that brings large spikes in gas prices." He expects national prices to rise between 35 and 50 cents per gallon by April or May. Despite the sudden departure from relatively stable prices in the region, Pittsburgh-area gas prices were still 16.8 cents below the same day last year, while the average across the nation was 34.3 cents lower than a year ago.

Duke plants interest on the block

Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy Corp. is seeking to sell its interest in 13 power plants, including Fayette Energy Facility in Masontown, Fayette County, the company said in a statement Monday. The company will record a pretax charge of $1 billion to $2 billion in the first quarter from the sale, which it expects will take 12 to 18 months.

Alcoa targets Australia closings

Alcoa plans to permanently close its Point Henry aluminum smelter and two rolling mills in Australia by the end of the year. The smelter employs about 500 people, while the rolling mills have about 480 workers, the company said. Restructuring-related charges associated with the closures should be between $250 million and $270 million after-tax and noncontrolling interest, or 22 cents to 25 cents per share. Most of those charges will be recorded in the first quarter.

FAA plans push to hire air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to hire 10,000 air traffic controllers over the next 10 years. But you won't need previous air traffic controller experience or a technical degree to make the cut. All that is needed is U.S. citizenship, the ability to start training before your 31st birthday and three years of "progressively responsible" work experience or a bachelor's degree. You must also get security clearance and be willing to move to where the FAA needs you most. The FAA is looking to hire as many as 6,000 of the controllers in the next five years. Trainee salaries start at $20,527. Full salaries can exceed $100,000. More information is available at www.faa.gov/jobs/career_fields/aviation_careers/.

Overheating fuel tube woes spur Toyota FJ Cruiser recall

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it is recalling 13,000 FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicles, mostly in the Middle East, for fuel tubes that may overheat, melt and set off a gas leak. The recall announced covers FJ Cruisers manufactured between October 2012 and January 2014.


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