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Wells Fargo Execs Address Whistleblower Complaints, Ethics Problems

The Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo & Co. told a gathering of employees earlier this month that the bank plans to change how it handles whistleblower complaints after several employees complained of facing retribution for reporting sales abuses to an ethics hotline. Speaking to about 2,000 Wells Fargo employees in Des Moines, Iowa, CEO Tim Sloan did not offer any details about the San Francisco-based bank will address whistleblower complaints in the future, but his talk was part of a nationwide “conversations tour” he and other executives have embarked on to boost employee morale and restore public trust. In ... Read More

One dead, 43 Injured After Bus Collided With Tractor Trailer in North Georgia

A tractor-trailer and tour bus collided on a rural North Georgia highway Thursday, killing one person and injuring 43 others. A preliminary investigation of the crash faults the driver of a tractor-trailer hauling a load of stone. Georgia State Police said the truck driver was attempting to pull onto the southbound lanes of Georgia Highway 515 from a side road but couldn’t complete the turn because other traffic was obstructing him. The incomplete turn left the back of the tractor-trailer stopped in the northbound lanes. The bus, chartered from Greatime Getaways in Cobb County, Ga., could not stop in time ... Read More

Injured Football Players Sue Church After Fatal Bus Crash

A dozen passengers injured in a bus crash last month near Hamlet, N.C., are suing the South Carolina church that owned and operated the bus. A lawyer representing members and coaches of the Ramah Junior College (Ramah JuCo) football team told WCNC Charlotte that Sandy River Baptist Church of Chester, S.C., failed to do what it should have done to keep the passengers safe. The charter bus was carrying 50 Ramah JuCo football players and coaches to its first-ever game in Fayetteville, N.C., Sept. 17 when it blew a tire, causing driver Brian Kirkpatrick, 43, to lose control. The bus ... Read More

Feds Investigating Charter Bus Crash That Killed Four, Injured 42 In North Carolina

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is investigating the charter bus crash that killed four people and injured 42 others Saturday afternoon in Hamlet, N.C. The charter bus, registered to Sandy River Baptist Church in Chester, S.C., was carrying football players from the Ramah Jucco Academy football program of Rock Hill, S.C. Authorities responding to the crash said that the front left tire blew out about 2:30 p.m. as the vehicle was traveling on U.S. Highway 74. The blowout apparently caused the driver to lose control. The bus crashed into a guardrail and the side of a concrete ... Read More

Canadian Truck driver Arrested In Maine After Illegal Turn Sends Motorist To Hospital

Maine State Police arrested a Canadian truck driver on a charge of aggravated driving to endanger after he illegally used the “authorized access” lane on Interstate 95, causing another motorist to crash and suffer life-threatening injuries. Authorities said that Dario Dosen, 49, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was driving a tractor trailer on I-95 August 25 when he missed his exit in Hampden and attempted to make a U-turn onto the southbound lanes from the left northbound lane by using an access restricted to law enforcement and Department of Transportation vehicles. Brian Richardson, 33, of Veazie, Maine, was forced to ... Read More

New talc study among African American women finds even greater ovarian cancer risk

Reuters reported on a new talc study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention this May that African American women who used talcum powder in the genital area had more than a 40 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer. In an email interview with Reuters Health, Dr. Nicolas Wentzensen, head of clinical epidemiology for the National Cancer Institute, affirmed the study, saying that the research was well-conducted. Reuters reported Wentzensen “noted that African-American women are underrepresented in many epidemiological studies.” The study included 1,329 African-American women, 584 diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 745 without the disease. Researchers interviewed them about their ... Read More

Lightning Strike On S.C. Airport Tarmac Leads To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A Connecticut family is suing American Airlines, South Carolina’s Columbia Metropolitan Airport, and others for negligence in making passengers disembark an airplane onto the tarmac during a severe thunderstorm last June, leading to the lightning-strike death of a family member. Sonya Dockett, 52, was struck by lightning as she was walking with her husband and two children across the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport on June 27, 2015. Her flight from Hartford’s Bradley International Airport to Charlotte, N.C., had been diverted to Columbia due to severe weather. The lighnting strike “caused Ms. Dockett severe injuries, including electrocution, which caused her ... Read More

Injury risk spurs Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera to ban team from using hoverboards

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has banned his team from using hoverboards in the days leading up to Sunday’s NFC Championship game showdown against the Arizona Cardinals. Mr. Rivera’s move reportedly came like an angry parent after witnessing his kids risking life and limb riding the two-wheeled, self-balancing motorized boards. According to Fox46 sports reporter Zach Groth, Mr. Rivera said of his players, “They were drag racing them in the fricken hallway!” The hoverboard race apparently took place in the team facility in Charlotte, N.C. “We’re trying to limit exposure to injury,” Mr. Rivera said. Hoverboards are currently the focus of ... Read More

Worker’s “Horrific” Hand Injury Results In Costly Fines For Florida Manufacturer

A Miami-area manufacturer faces penalties of more than $166,270 for safety violations federal inspectors found while investigating a workplace incident that mutilated a new employee’s hand. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Southern Fiber Inc. “knew the dangers that workers faced, yet it made no attempt to correct identified safety hazards.” Because of the company’s neglect, OSHA said, “a 30-year-old employee, who had been on the job for three days, suffered a horrific and preventable injury.” Southern Fiber manufactures and distributes polyester products, including bedspreads, mattresses, and outdoor patio furniture. It has facilities in Miami Gardens, ... Read More

Fatal Elevator Accident Traumatizes Carnival Cruise Passengers

Miami-Dade Police Department authorities are investigating the grisly death of a crew member aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship Sunday that turned a guest elevator into a fountain of blood. Jose Sandoval Opazo, a 66-year-old maintenance worker aboard the Carnival cruise ship, died Dec. 27 while working on a ship elevator, the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed. Mr. Opazo was a resident of Liguria, Italy. Matt Davis, a Fort Myers, Fla., man who was on a three-day cruise from Miami with his family, spoke to CNN about encountering the scene, describing blood pouring from the top of the elevator “like a sheet ... Read More