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Rare respiratory virus sweeping country, making children ill


A respiratory illness sweeping across the country has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states, sending dozens to the hospital and in some cases, intensive care units. “So if your state doesn’t have it now, watch for it. It’s coming,” said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. Back-to-school season is notorious for making kids sick – literally, that is. Kids get around each other and pick up germs, and then they come home and spread those germs to their siblings. “But this (respiratory virus), this particular Enterovirus 68, is very rare and they ... Read More

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving airport sign that killed Kansas boy

Birmingham Airport - photo by civilengtiger Wiki

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of contractors involving a 10-year-old boy who was killed last March at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Seven members of the Bresette family were traveling from a trip to Destin, Fla., to their home in Kansas, switching flights at the Birmingham, Ala., airport, when a heavy flight-status board came loose from its moorings on the wall and fell on four members of the family while they walked past. The signs were added during a renovation of the airport, and weigh an estimated 300-400 pounds each. Of the four family ... Read More

“Fatigued driving” tops survey of reasons why someone shouldn’t have been driving

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A recent survey performed by CarInsurance.com asked 2,000 drivers which times he or she drove when they shouldn’t have. Answers ranged from being too sick to even being less drunk than their companion, but the most common answer, holding an enormous 68 percent of the vote, was driving while sleepy, also known as “fatigued driving.” Fatigued driving occurs when drivers have gone for an extended period of time without a substantial amount of rest and are thereby impaired from operating a vehicle in the safest manner. Some symptoms of a driver experiencing fatigue include slower information-processing and decision-making; longer reaction ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges Monster energy drink killed Kansas City man


A Kansas City woman has filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink alleging the beverage caused her husband’s death. Heather Felts said her husband Shane drank a Monster beverage a day for two weeks to help boost his energy level. On June 24, 2012, they had dinner together and went to bed. At about 2 a.m., Heather says she awoke to a “thump” and found her husband on the bathroom floor. They rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. Shane was dead. Heather claims that Monster Energy Drinks markets itself as a dietary supplement, but it is ... Read More

Emergency slide inflates inside United Airlines flight, forces emergency landing

United Airlines chute in plane - ABC News photo by Mike Schroeder

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Santa Ana, Calif., took to Twitter and other social media Sunday to express how terrifying it felt to have an emergency evacuation slide suddenly inflate inside the cabin at 38,000 feet. “Scariest flight of all time,” Taylor Martinez, a passenger on United flight 1463 tweeted after the slide inflated in the back of the cabin. Other passengers, noting the loud hissing sound the slide made, thought that maybe a door had opened in the aircraft. Nobody was injured by the slide, but it did force the pilot to make an emergency ... Read More

Former Survivor star killed on the job at Birmingham railroad


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Survivor: Blood vs. Water contestant and Alabama resident Caleb Bankston was killed June 24 in a work-related accident in Birmingham. Sources say the 26-year-old locomotive engineer and conductor for Alabama Warrior Railway was working on one of the train cars at a company rail yard in Birmingham when he was crushed to death. According to TMZ, Mr. Bankston “was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car … with Bankston caught helplessly between.” Mr. Bankston ... Read More

Young boy backed over by riding lawn mower in Kansas; lawn mower safety tips provided by CPSC

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This month, a riding lawn mower accident has left one young boy seriously injured in Kansas. KCTV reports that 4-year-old Truett Shacklett was behind a riding mower when his father accidentally backed over him. Shortly after the tragic mishap, the boy was flown by helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital before being transported to the University of Kansas Hospital for extensive treatment. Doctors are now doing whatever it takes to save his right arm from amputation; however, Truett has already lost his right leg below the knee. So far, a hand doctor and vascular surgeon have performed one surgery on the ... Read More

Thousands of pounds of beef recalled due to possible mad cow disease scare

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A Missouri meat packing plant is recalling thousands of pounds of fresh beef because of the risk of mad cow disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle. Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, Mo., issued the recall on 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products, including its Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye and quartered beef carcasses, because the cows from which the meat was produced did not have their dorsal root ganglia completely removed. The dorsal root ganglia is part of the cow’s central nervous system that is affected by mad cow disease. It must be removed from all cattle by the ... Read More

Tire blowout on log truck in Arkansas results in the death of two construction workers; 19 injured

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In Arkansas, a log truck lost control and spilled logs onto nearby construction workers, killing two and injuring 19. The accident, which occurred on U.S. Highway 65 in Clinton, is reported to have been caused by a tire blowout, state police said. According to the preliminary state police report, the big rig’s trailer, which was being driven by 39-year-old Jerry Hickman, had its left rear tire blow out, shifting its load of logs onto the roadway and onto a nearby work zone where construction workers were widening a bridge. Nearly 40 workers were on the bridge at the time of ... Read More

GSK to pay $105 million to settle claims it unlawfully promoted drugs


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reached a $105 million agreement with 44 states and the District of Columbia to settle lawsuits alleging the drug company marketed some of its drugs for unapproved uses. The settlement also requires GSK to pay a hefty penalty and submit to strong new rules designed to prevent future misrepresentations. GSK did not admit any wrongdoing or liability under the settlement. The arrangement is similar to one GSK reached with the federal government two years ago, in which the company agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil claims involving illegal marketing of its asthma drug ... Read More