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Hackers Broke Into SEC Database, Stole Corporate Disclosures

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Wednesday that its corporate disclosure database had been accessed by hackers who may have illegally traded and profited on the insider information they harvested from the system. “In August 2017, the Commission learned that an incident previously detected in 2016 may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said in a statement about the data breach. “Specifically, a software vulnerability in the test filing component of our EDGAR system, which was patched promptly after discovery, was exploited and resulted in access to nonpublic information.” The Commission’s EDGAR ... Read More

Liver disease med Ocaliva linked to serious liver injury, death

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The liver disease medication Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been linked to an increased risk of liver injury and death, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The agency is working with Ocaliva’s manufacturer, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, to address these safety concerns. The FDA warned in the Safety Communication that Ocaliva is being incorrectly dosed in patients with moderate to severe decreases in liver function, causing an increased risk of serious liver injury and death. “These patients are receiving excessive dosing, particularly a high frequency of dosing than is recommended in the drug label for them,” the warning ... Read More

Lawsuit Blames Tom Cruise, Director, for Deadly American Made Airplane Crash

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The families of two men killed in an airplane crash during the filming of Tom Cruise’s action-thriller movie American Made say that the actor himself and director Doug Liman share some of the blame for the deadly accident. On Sept. 11, 2015, a twin-engine Smith Aerostar 600 was flying from Santa Fe de Antiogia, Colombia, to Medellin when it crashed in the Andes Mountains during a storm. Pilot Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, whose company Heliblack owned the airplane, were killed. Jimmy Garland, the CEO and partner of S&S Aviation, survived but was rendered paraplegic. The crash triggered a multitude ... Read More

60,000 Mazda6 vehicles recalled for wiring issue

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Mazda is facing its second major recall this year. This time the recall centers on certain 2015-2016 Mazda6 vehicles for a wiring malfunction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states in a recall notice, “Debris from the welding process during manufacturing of the front passenger seat frame may damage the occupant classification system (OCS) wiring.” The damaged wiring could cause a loss of power steering assist and deactivate the passenger airbag. The issue is estimated to affect almost 58,000 vehicles on the roadways. Mazda will notify owners potentially affected by the defect and authorized dealers will attach a “protective ... Read More

‘World’s strongest coffee’ recalled due to botulin scare


Death Wish Coffee Co., which claims to be the “World’s Strongest Coffee,” is recalling its cans of its Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew because there is a risk that the products could become contaminated with the toxin botulin, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. “After several rounds of successful testing, a process specialist has recommended that we add an additional step to our nitro cold brew production process. Based on these recommendations we’ve decided to recall all Death Wish Nitro cans. If you have them, please dispose of them,” the company said on its website. The recall involves Death ... Read More

NTSB Warns Pilots of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Airplane Exhaust

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Federal officials issued safety alerts to pilots and aircraft mechanics last week warning them about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) alerts warn that the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated in the aviation industry – a dangerous prospect considering that many airplanes with internal combustion engines are warmed by exhaust systems using a heater shroud. Compounding the danger is the colorless, odorless, and tasteless nature of carbon monoxide fumes, which can fill the cockpit and go undetected until it’s too late. The NTSB’s safety alerts offer some ... Read More

Parents of 8-year-old Boy Killed by Trash Hauler Files Lawsuit

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The parents of an 8-year-old boy killed by a trash hauler has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, claiming they are responsible for their son’s death. The OCWeekly reports that in May 2016, Brock McCann, a third-grader at Newport Beach Heights Elementary School, was riding home from school on his bike when he was struck by a CR&R trash hauler. The truck had just turned onto 15th Street and allegedly drove through a crosswalk without stopping. Patrick and Bernardette McCann , the boy’s parents, blame the driver, Roberto Zermeno Pedroza, for looking only to the left, but not to the right, before the turn was ... Read More

FDA announces new recommendation for treating opioid addiction

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The opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS). Taken together, these drugs increase the risk of serious side effects, but the harm caused by untreated opioid addiction outweighs these risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised health care professionals in a Safety Communication. Patients who are treated with both medications, however, should be under careful medication management by doctors in order to reduce the risk of serious side effects. The new information will be added to the benzodiazepine and methadone drug labels ... Read More

‘Natural’ dietary supplement tainted with Viagra


Don’t be fooled by Natures Supplement Inc.’s Vegetable Vigra. The dietary supplement contains is laced with the prescription erectile drug Viagra, and poses a health risk to men with common health conditions. The recall involves 260 bottles of Vegetable Vigra 200mg, sold as a “natural” male enhancement and packaged in a bottle with a green label that reads “enhanced Vegetable Vigra.” Affected VegetableVigra includes all lots remaining within the expiration date. The supplement was distributed in Florida to consumers via a third-party distribution company. A laboratory analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that the products contained undeclared ... Read More

Alaska Settles False Claims Allegations With U.S. Over SNAP Funds

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $2.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it cheated the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by submitting claims for performance bonuses it did not earn. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, ADHSS contracted with Julie Osnes Consulting LLC (Osnes Consulting) to provide advice and recommendations on how to lower its SNAP quality control error rate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the SNAP program, pays performance bonuses to states that report the lowest and the most improved error ... Read More