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Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Supreme Court allows climate change lawsuit to proceed

A group of young people suing the U.S. government over climate change can have their day in court, the Supreme Court ruled. The case was put on hold last month just before it was slated to go to trial in late October in a federal district court in Eugene, Oregon. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the case. The landmark lawsuit was brought by 21 people ranging in age from 11 to 22 who say the federal government violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by failing to protect them against climate change. Specifically, the ... Read More

Salmonella-tainted ground beef sickens 120 in 22 states

At least 120 people in 22 states have been sickened with Salmonella infections after eating ground beef sold in several large chain stores including Walmart and Sam’s Club, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. About 6.5 million pounds of the raw meat, distributed by JBS Tolleson Inc., of Arizona, was recalled earlier this month after the contamination was identified. Among the 120 sickened, 33 have been hospitalized with severe infections. To date, no deaths have been reported. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Driver Faces 8-Year Sentence For Causing Deadly Bus Crash

A tractor-trailer driver faces eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter after causing a bus crash that killed one passenger and injured seven others near the entrance to Fort Irwin National Training Center in the Mojave Desert. Steven Kilty, 51, of Apache Junction, Arizona, was delivering a military tactical truck to the Army facility in the California desert in June 2014. He arrived at Fort Irwin the day before the scheduled delivery, so he parked the tractor-trailer in the right lane of Fort Irwin Road near a cluster of boulders painted by servicemembers called the “Painted Rocks,” where it remained ... Read More

Arizona Man Claims Years of Monsanto Roundup Use Caused His Cancer

An Arizona man battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma blames Monsanto for his illness, claiming in a federal lawsuit that the agrochemical giant concealed its knowledge of cancer risks associated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup pesticide. Ray Harry, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, who used to live in Iowa, filed his complaint against Monsanto in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He states in his lawsuit that he used Roundup on his properties for nearly a quarter of a decade, first in South Dakota from 1988 to 2006 and then in Iowa from 2011-2016, according to The Sioux City Journal. ... Read More

Colorado, Florida Tire Defect Plaintiffs Get Class Certification

Drivers in Colorado and Florida suing TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. over allegedly defective tires received state class certification for their complaints. Plaintiffs from Arizona, California, Colorado, and Florida filed a complaint in June 2017, alleging they all bought trailers fitted with TBC Corp. and Dynamic Tire Corp. tires with defects that caused their treads to separate from their casings. The plaintiffs allege that the tire companies knew the tires were prone to tread separation but failed to disclose the defect to consumers. The drivers filed a motion for class certification on April 27, 2018. According to Law 360, ... Read More

Women sue Massage Envy over sexual abuse charges

Eleven women are suing several Florida franchises of Arizona-based national chain Massage Envy alleging they were inappropriately touched, groped or raped by masseurs. The 163-page lawsuit was filed Monday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court in Florida, and names Massage Envy franchises in West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and three locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The lawsuit claims that when the cases of sexual abuse were brought to the attention of company officials, the company’s policy was to cover them up instead of notifying police or a state licensing board. Massage Envy grew 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

Greyhound-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Seven on New Mexico Highway

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a Greyhound bus head-on on I-40 in western New Mexico Thursday morning. The deadly collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and near the Arizona border. New Mexico authorities investigating the crash said that a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound crossed the median and collided with the bus head-on. They said it appears the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle after a tire blowout. Aerial footage of the crash site ... Read More

Uber Ending Its Self-Driving Truck Operations

Uber says it is shutting down its self-driving truck research division for the foreseeable future. Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies group, said in an email to employees reviewed by Tech Crunch that Uber wants to build its forward momentum by focusing on its self-driving car technology. Once self-driving technology is more fully developed, Uber will apply it to commercial trucks. “Rather than having two groups working side by side, focused on different vehicle platforms, I want us instead collaborating as one team,” Mr. Meyhofer said in the email. “I know we’re all super proud of what the Trucks ... Read More