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FTC Shuts Down Military Copycat Websites

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said it has resolved civil charges against two Alabama-based companies that ran copycat military websites to trick potential recruits into submitting their personal information, which they then sold to post-secondary schools for profit. According to the FTC, Sunkey Publishing Inc. and Fanmail.com LLC have agreed to surrender Army.com, Armyenlist.com, Navyenlist.com, and other domain names. The agency said the companies used the websites to generate admissions leads, which they sold to post-secondary schools for $15-$40 per lead. The FTC’s complaint alleged that the companies created the copycat websites to appear to be official recruiting websites affiliated ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Alabama Eggs

Federal health officials have issued an urgent food safety alert amid an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in Alabama and Tennessee linked to Gravel Ridge Farms eggs. The Cullman, Alabama egg producer recalled its cage-free Grade A large eggs after health officials investigating the spate of reported Salmonella illnesses traced evidence back to the egg company. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that the outbreak is ongoing. The 14 reported illnesses occurred between July 10, 2018, to Aug. 7, 2018. Illnesses that occurred after Aug. 22 might not have been reported yet due to the time it ... Read More

Bus accident injuries several UAB pediatric residents

Nearly two dozen University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) employees were treated for injuries and six hospitalized after the bus they were riding in careened into a tree. The bus was carrying 26 pediatric residents from UAB who had been at a retreat at Camp McDowell. The group was headed to the home of the program’s director for a final social event around noon on Friday when the single-vehicle accident occurred in Winston County near Arley, about 60 miles northwest of Birmingham, Alabama. The bus was reportedly traveling down a steep hill through an intersection when its brakes appeared to ... Read More

Hot pavement may increase risk of defective tire failure

As Labor Day weekend approaches and millions of Americans plan to hit the road, it’s a good time to remember that the tires on your car, truck, camper, or trailer have taken a beating on hot asphalt all summer long. It’s a great time to check your tires for any signs of excessive wear and tear or abnormalities. Remember, design and manufacturing flaws in tires can become deadly on blistering hot roads, so it’s always a good idea to keep tabs on your tire health. A tire tread separation caused Heidi Solis Perez to lose control of her Mercury Villager ... Read More

Gulf Rebounds 8 Years After BP Oil Spill, But Threats Persist

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an unprecedented disaster for the Gulf of Mexico, but eight years after the runaway spill was capped, many scientists monitoring the Gulf are cautiously optimistic that the worst of it has passed. Considered by some researchers to be the biggest ecological disaster in history, BP’s oil spill started when the Macondo well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon blasted nearly 5 million barrels of oil (about 210 million gallons) into the Gulf. Water currents mainly carried it north and east, depositing millions of gallons on the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. While ... Read More

Researchers Study Collision Injury Risks Drones Pose to Humans

More than 100,000 drone operators have obtained a Remote Pilot Certificate to fly a drone for commercial and recreational purposes since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small drone rule took effect on Aug. 29, 2016. But while the purpose of that rule was to protect larger aircraft from the hazards of drones flying in their airspace, little was known about might happen when a wayward drone collides with a person or group of people. To understand the personal-injury risks drones pose to people on the ground, the FAA assembled a consortium of university, industry, and government researchers to study the risks. The ... Read More

Widow Sues Colonial Pipeline For Husband’s Death in 2016 Explosion

The widow of a Colonial Pipeline contract worker who was killed near Pelham, Alabama when a section of leaking pipeline exploded is taking Colonial and other defendant companies to court, alleging they knew the pipeline was in a dangerous state of disrepair but neglected to take even the minimal safety precautions to protect their workers. Beverly Kay Willingham’s husband, Anthony Lee Willingham, was one of two workers who died when the Colonial pipeline exploded on Oct. 31, 2016. The deadly blast occurred as crews worked to repair a section of the pipeline that had failed the previous month, releasing more ... Read More

Deadly Flash Fire at Alabama Auto Dealer Leads to $114K Penalty

A deadly flash fire that broke out inside a Jasper, Alabama auto dealership in June 2017 was the result of serious safety lapses, federal regulators said. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership Aug. 1, resolving citations and penalties issued in the wake of the deadly fire, which killed three employees and seriously injured two others. The agreement requires the auto dealer to pay $114,074 in penalties for safety violations OSHA investigators found after the fire. The investigators found that company employees were using a highly flammable ... Read More

AU alumni raise money for ocular research to search for environmental cause

The Auburn Ocular Melanoma Page on Facebook is raising money to help fund research into why a surprisingly large number of former Auburn University students have developed a rare form of cancer and whether it may have an environmental cause. “We are the faces of a group of more than 36 people whose only other connection was a love for Auburn University,” a July 27 posting by the administrator reads. “But this group is made up of an equal number of men and women – four of the 36 have died. That is devastating. Eight have had metastatic disease. This ... Read More

Maintenance worker seeks compensation for work-related injury

Alabama maintenance worker Alan Owens believes he’s being pushed out of a job by Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) after the school district denied him sick leave for his recent hernia surgery, then denied any option for him to switch to a light-duty position within the maintenance department once he returned to work. Even worse, he says, the district is rejecting his argument that his injury was caused by his job, saying he waited too long between his March 2017 injury and his August 2017 surgery to repair the problem. “The type of work we do is very strenuous,” Owens told the ... Read More