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FDA To Grill Walgreens Over ‘Disturbing’ E-Cigarette Violations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is fuming over “disturbingly” high rates of e-cigarette and tobacco sales at Walgreens drugstores and is demanding an unusual in-person meeting the company’s corporate leaders to discuss the problem. According to the FDA, Walgreens is one of the top violators in the nation when it comes to selling e-cigarette and tobacco products to underage kids in violation of federal law. Dr. Gottlieb indicated in a March 4 statement that violators like Walgreens are responsible for the soaring rates of nicotine addiction among U.S. teens and children, which have reached epidemic proportions ... Read More

Ride Inspector Suffers Hand Amputation at Carolina Amusement Park

A worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while inspecting a ride at Carowinds amusement park, a sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina theme park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines. Authorities investigating the accidental hand amputation say it occurred March 6 while the worker was inspecting the 300-foot-tall Windseeker ride in the York County, South Carolina side of the park. The man was at the top of the tower when his hand reportedly became caught up in the ride’s pulley system. The Flint Hill, South Carolina Fire Department received a call reporting the emergency around 9 a.m. and ... Read More

4 Attorneys, Pilot Killed in Airplane Crash Over Lake Okeechobee

Partners and lawyers at a Florida law firm are expressing shock after four of their colleagues were killed in a plane crash over Lake Okeechobee last Friday. Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, a founding member of the Peterson Bernard law firm, perished in the crash, along with Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; Edwin “Ted” Mortell III, 54, of Stuart; and their pilot, Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach. The five were traveling on a Piper PA-23-250 airplane on a return flight from Tampa and were in the last stretches of ... Read More

Police officer claims fellow officers sexually harassed her

A police lieutenant and three sergeants at a Branchburg, New Jersey police department were named in a six-count lawsuit filed by officer Kate Proscia-Berger in Superior Court in Warren County in Phillipsburg. According to the lawsuit, the men sexually harassed her and created a hostile work environment. The lawsuit also claims the men retaliated against her and refused to promote her after she reported the incident to supervisors. According to the lawsuit, Proscia-Berger claims one of the sergeants repeatedly asked her for sex since 2002, kissed her and groped her, and even reached for her crotch in a patrol car. ... Read More

All Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Grounded Worldwide Over Safety Concerns

Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes are now grounded in the United States and the rest of the world over concerns the aircraft may be unsafe to fly after the deadly March 10 crash of Ethiopia Airlines flight 302, the second deadly crash involving that plane model in five months. Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the 737 Max 8 planes in U.S. airspace would be allowed to continue to their destinations and then be grounded until further notice. The decision to ground the planes reversed the position that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had taken just hours earlier, insisting there were ... Read More

FDA promises better oversight of talc-containing cosmetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking new steps to protect consumers from dangerous cosmetics. “We’ll soon be working with cosmetics manufacturers and requesting information about what procedures they use to ensure their cosmetics are safe and, in particular, about how they ensure that talc used in any cosmetic product is free from asbestos,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. The agency will investigate how manufacturers source talc and whether they test the raw talc they use and/or their finished products. The agency also aims to know how many cosmetic products contain talc and whether ... Read More

Canada Bus Crash Survivor Goes Home After 11 Months in Hospital

A Canadian high school hockey player who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a deadly bus crash last year has been released from the hospital after a 333-day stay. Morgan Gobeil was one of 13 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who were injured April 6, 2018, when their bus rammed a tractor-trailer that had run a stop sign. Sixteen others, including 10 of the hockey players, were killed in the crash. According to The Canadian Press, Morgan is the last survivor of the bus crash that stunned the nation to be released from the hospital. Like ... Read More

U.S. Bars Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo from Passenger Planes

Lithium-ion batteries may no longer be transported as cargo on passenger airplanes under a final rule issued by federal regulators at the end of February. Seeking ways to reduce the threat of lithium-ion fires and explosions aboard commercial aircraft, Congress last year directed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials. The new rule also issues restrictions for the transportation of lithium-ion batteries on cargo planes, prohibiting any lithium-ion cells and batteries to be charged above 30 percent of their capacity. “This rule will strengthen ... Read More

Nursing Home Chain Settles ‘largest worthless services’ case in U.S. history

A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay the U.S. and Tennessee more than $18 million in a record settlement that federal officials called the “largest worthless services” case in U.S. history. Vanguard Healthcare, five nursing homes it owns and operates, and two of the company’s executives engaged in a scheme that not only harmed vulnerable patients but cheated Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars, federal prosecutors alleged. Among the Justice Department’s many findings, the Vanguard nursing homes allegedly involved in the scheme failed to administer medications to residents as prescribed; failed to provide standard infection control; failed to ... Read More

IRS gives tax break to victims of sexual harassment

A loophole that prevented victims of sexual harassment who receive settlements from companies or individuals that victimized them from deducting their legal fees on their taxes has been closed, according to Robert W. Wood, a tax expert and contributor to Forbes. The so-called Weinstein tax law passed December 2017 prohibits individuals and companies that paid hush money settlements in sexual harassment cases from deducting those payments from their taxes. But it also prohibited those who received sexual harassment settlement payments from deducting their legal fees as well. For example, if a person received a $500,000 settlement and her lawyer got ... Read More