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Apreill Hartsfield

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Apreill Hartsfield recently joined Beasley Allen as a Content Writer. Her professional writing career began more than 15 years ago when she assisted with the research and writing for the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a good mix of writing projects and providing public relations advice. Apreill enjoys helping people tell their stories and has a soft spot for children and marginalized populations. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor of science in Political Science and Public Communications and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Apreill and her husband and children live in Prattville, Ala.

Five Missing After Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes in Hawaii

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Late Tuesday night, a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, CNN reported. Five crew members were on board when the helicopter lost communications with Wheeler Army Airfield on the island of Oahu. Approximately 80 minutes later at 11:28 p.m. local time, the U.S. Coast Guard located a debris field near Kaena Point, which is located on the west side of the island. The helicopter was one of two Black Hawk helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a routine night training exercise between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, according to the Honolulu ... Read More

Solar Eclipse: Scientists Warn of Fake Protective Eyewear

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On Aug. 21, millions of people living in North America will have the opportunity to witness “the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years,” National Public Radio reports. Experts remind viewers not to look directly at a solar eclipse without eye protection. However, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and NASA are concerned that imposters may make finding legitimate protective eyewear more difficult for consumers. Scammers are selling fake products and some are even imitating legitimate products down to a product’s symbol, making it difficult for consumers to distinguish. Fake products are dangerous because ... Read More

iPhone Cases Recalled Due to Skin Irritation, Burns

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Consumers looking to accessorize their iPhones should be aware that New Jersey-based MixBin Electronics LLC, has recalled approximately 263,000 of its Liquid Glitter iPhone cases after customers reported the cases caused skin irritation and chemical burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been 24 reports of skin irritation and chemical burns, including 19 injuries in the U.S. CNN reports that the injuries are a result of the liquid substance contained in the cases leaking out and coming into contact users’ skin. The liquid can leak out if the case cracks or breaks. One consumer has been permanently ... Read More

Ford says Takata Airbag Safety Issue ‘Inconsequential’

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Ford Motor Company is expected to file a petition with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to resist recalling approximately 2.5 million vehicles as part of the Takata airbag safety recall, Reuters reports. John Cangany, a Ford spokesman, explained that it is filing the petition because it “believes the issue is inconsequential.” The safety recall is the largest in U.S. history and is now linked to 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. As Beasley Allen has previously explained the recall stems from the chemical compound used in the airbag inflators. Takata admits to ... Read More

2,000 5-point Camlock Harness Belts Recalled

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Corbeau USA, LLC (Corbeau), based in Bluffdale, Utah, has recalled approximately 2,000 5-Point Camlock Harness Belts because of a defect that may lead to fall and projectile hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports. The belts are designed to be used as aftermarket safety devices in off-highway vehicles. The company’s website recall page explains that a defect in the right lap insert “could potentially cause the right lap belt to come unlocked from the camlock dial” with little pressure. The insert tab’s hole was drilled off center and prevents the camlock dial from locking properly. The harness belts ... Read More

Teething Toy Recalled Over Potential Choking Danger

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An infant teething and activity toy has been recalled because a defect creates a potential risk of choking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports. The toy’s maker, Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Manhattan Toy has recalled approximately 14,400 Winkel Colorburst teething and activity toys in the U.S. and approximately 1,000 that were sold in Canada. The toy has brightly colored plastic tubes that are inserted into a plastic cube containing rattle beads. The tubes can become brittle and break into small pieces, creating a choking danger for infants. The company confirms it has received four reports of the plastic tubes breaking, ... Read More

Battery Fire Risk Prompts Latest Honda Recall

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A defective battery sensor at risk of catching fire is forcing Honda to recall approximately 2.1 million Honda Accord vehicles worldwide, Reuters reports. The vehicles are from the 2013-2016 model years and include 1.15 million vehicles in the U.S. where 3,972 warranty claims relating to the issue have already been submitted to the auto manufacturer. The sensor on a 12-volt battery may not be sealed adequately, which allows moisture to breach the seal. The trapped moisture may attract other material, such as road salt, over time that causes the sensor to rust and ultimately short circuit. At least five engine ... Read More

Hot dogs recalled for extraneous material, bone

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More of a summertime favorite has been recalled. Approximately 7.2 million pounds of hot dogs were recalled last weekend by Marathon Enterprises, Inc., based in Bronx, New York. The recall was prompted by customer complaints about finding extraneous material – specifically bone fragments – in the product, according to Food Safety News. The Food Safety Inspection Service’s Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (CCMS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), began receiving complaints on July 10. The CCMS has received at least one report of “a minor oral injury from eating one of the bone-bearing products.” Consumers concerned ... Read More

Walrus Meat Source of Two Trichinellosis Outbreaks

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Trichinellosis or trichinosis is often associated with consuming undercooked pork, but a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that two outbreaks of the infection in Alaska over the last 12 months was tied to walrus meat. The report explains that the outbreaks demonstrate how more trichinosis cases in the U.S. have been linked to non-porcine (pig family) wild game species since the late 1990s. The two outbreaks occurred in August 2016 and May 2017 and each included five confirmed cases. Although undercooked walrus meat has been the cause of most trichinosis cases in Alaska since 1975, ... Read More

Utah E. coli Outbreak Source Remains Unknown

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Two children who contracted E. coli infection and died as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from the infection that damages the kidneys, was the beginning of an E. coli outbreak. CBS News reported that the children died during the long Fourth of July holiday and, since that time, Nevada Public Radio KNPR says that nine additional cases have been confirmed in the towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Utah Public Health Department confirms the Hildale, Utah, water supply shows no signs of E. coli, but the health officials continue investigating the cases to identify the source of ... Read More