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Germany to ban use of glyphosate-containing weed killers

Germany is limiting the use of weed killers that contain the chemical glyphosate with a goal of ending use of the products in the near future amid fears that glyphosate may cause cancer in those exposed to the chemical, Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze said. The environmental ministry will also demand new nature conservation requirements for the approval process of herbicides because, Schulze said, “If other perhaps more damaging pesticides are used instead of glyphosate, the environmental won’t be any better off.” Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world. Roundup is ... Read More

Court reinstates railroad worker’s emotional distress claims against employer

A railroad worker identified only as M.M. claims she was exposed to toxic diesel and exhaust fumes while on the job, and though medical testing didn’t reveal she suffered any health issues from the fumes, she claims the incident caused emotional distress and filed suit against her employer, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corp, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. M.M. says that as a signal designer for Port Authority, she was overcome by the dangerous fumes while working in a railroad tunnel in December 2012. She fainted and was taken to the hospital. A CT scan didn’t reveal any ... Read More

FDA committee supports approval of first-of-kind postpartum depression treatment

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend the approval of a first-of-its-kind treatment for postpartum depression. Members of the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee enthusiastically voted in favor of the drug for its effectiveness and safety despite six patients out of the 140 observed losing consciousness during the 60-hour-long intravenous infusion. Instead, committee members said the drug, brexanolone, was an “exciting breakthrough” and “one of the greatest approvals ever” since the antidepressant Prozac was cleared for marketing. Brexanolone’s manufacturer Sage Pharmaceuticals provided an entourage of patients, ... Read More

Gyrocopter crash into retirement community kills two

Two people died and another was injured after an experimental gyrocopter crashed into a retirement community in Highlands County, Florida, and exploded. Pilot Christopher Lord, 45, and passenger Christopher Brugger, 52, took off Oct. 30 from Sebring Regional Airport and were headed to an airport in Manatee County when a witness said the aircraft appeared to be in distress before it clipped a power line and crashed into a mobile home in the Sebring Falls Retirement Subdivision. No one was in the motor home at the time of the crash, but a man working on a home next door suffered ... Read More

Northrop Grumman Pays $31.65M To Settle Air Force Contract Fraud Allegations

A Northrop Grumman subsidiary will pay the U.S. a total of $31.65 million to settle civil and criminal allegations that it intentionally overbilled the federal government for work on two U.S. Air Force contracts for battlefield communications technology. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation admitted that its employees deployed to a Middle East air base defrauded the U.S. Air Force by overbilling time charged to the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) contract. The Virginia-based company, which maintains operations in Los Angeles and San Diego, also inflated labor hours for employees working under the Dynamic Re-tasking Capabilities Contracts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s ... Read More

Columbia Gas Could Face Criminal Charges For Massachusetts Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company NiSource are under a criminal investigation over the natural gas explosions that triggered a series of explosions and fires across three communities Sept. 13, killing one person and injuring about two dozen others. NiSource disclosed the criminal investigation in regulatory filings, saying a federal grand jury served it and Columbia Gas subpoenas on Sept. 24, Reuters reported. The utility companies say they are cooperating with the ongoing probe, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts is conducting. The grand jury is looking for evidence that Columbia Gas acted with neglect or other misconduct ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse at Amazon Facility Kills Two Workers

Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2. Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse. Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area. According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris ... Read More

FDA approves potent new opioid despite public health concerns

In the midst of the nation’s opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new, highly potent opioid for severe acute pain in adults that is five to 10 times more potent that fentanyl and 1,000 times stronger than morphine. Dsuvia is a sublingual (under the tongue) formulation of sufentanil that is delivered to patients through a disposable, pre-filled, single dose applicator. Its use is restricted for certified medically supervised health care settings – such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency departments for administration by a health care professional. Dsuvia has some “unique features in that the ... Read More

Family considers legal action after finding hidden camera in cruise ship cabin

A family aboard a Carnival Cruise ship that allegedly found a camera hidden in their stateroom is considering filing a lawsuit against the cruise line for not taking the matter seriously enough or even offering an apology. “We weren’t trying to get anything out of it. We weren’t expecting a free cruise or money,” Chris White told Fox News. “My concern is that there is video of (my son) online now. And I’ll never know.” White and his family were on a five-day Carnival Voyage cruise from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico when on day two he suffered an allergy attack. Assuming ... Read More

TwitchCon Attendees Surprised By Lax Security Measures

Lax security measures at the annual gaming convention TwitchCon in San Jose last month left several attendees feeling disturbed and uneasy that they could be sitting ducks in another mass shooting. Fears about gun violence in public events among attendees of the convention, which drew tens of thousands of people from around the world, were stoked by the mass shooting at the Madden NFL 19 video game competition in Jacksonville, Florida, Aug. 26 that left three people dead and 11 others injured. Victims of that act of domestic terrorism claim in a lawsuit that the organizers and hosts of the ... Read More