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U.S. Traffic Deaths Exceed 40K for Third Consecutive Year

U.S. traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row that the number of people killed in traffic accidents surpassed the 40k mark. Additionally, 4.5 million people were seriously injured last year in traffic crashes, a 1-percent rise over 2017’s figures, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Although data shows that traffic deaths have dipped slightly since 2016 (40,327 deaths) and 2017 (40,231 deaths), the estimated 40,000 people killed in 2018 is still 14 percent higher than four years ago. The spikes in traffic deaths were found in Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania ... Read More

Family Sues Tractor-Trailer Company over Woman’s Roadside Death

The family of a young mother who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while checking on her baby after pulling onto the side of a Connecticut highway alleges the truck driver was negligent and reckless in a newly filed lawsuit. Ashley Ferguson Jones, 31, pulled her Kia Optima fully into the breakdown lane of I-95 in Old Lyme, Connecticut on Dec. 1, 2016, to check on her daughter in the back seat, who was coughing and potentially choking on food. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Jones was leaning into the back seat through the rear driver’s side rear door ... Read More

College takes action against deceased professor accused of sexual misconduct

Claims of sexual misconduct and harassment against college and university professors seem to be surfacing more since the #MeToo movement took hold. Last month, a lawsuit was filed against Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, by a group of women who claimed three psychology professors made inappropriate advances toward them, publicly groped them, and even coerced them into engaging in sexual relations. All three professors were put on paid leave and had their access to campus restricted by the college as the school conducts an investigation into the claims. But what if the professor being accused is dead? Such is ... Read More

Dartmouth psychology professors face students’ sexual misconduct claims

Three psychology professors at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, are facing charges of sexual misconduct by a group of female students who allege the men made inappropriate advances toward them, publicly groped them, and even coerced them into engaging in sexual relations, according to a lawsuit filed against the college. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office is also conducting a criminal investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct by professors Todd Heatherton, Paul Whalen and Bill Kelley. The men were put on paid leave and had their access to campus restricted by the college during the investigation. The complaint describes ... Read More

Town of Kittery faces five lawsuits following bus crash

Five lawsuits have been filed against the town of Kittery, Maine, following an August bus crash that sent 13 people to the hospital including 11 children. Those suing the small tourist town are seeking compensation for medical bills ranging from $300,000 to $400,000 for injuries involving fractured tibia, head injuries, facial scarring and emotional trauma, the lawsuits state. The GMC Savana transport van was operated by the Kittery Community Center (KCC). It crashed on I-95 in the New Hampshire town of Greenland en route to Candia Springs Adventure Park in Candia, New Hampshire. The field trip was part of the ... Read More

Pain Clinic Operator Busted for Opioid, Medicare Fraud

A nurse practitioner whose New Hampshire pain clinic wrote hundreds of opioid painkiller prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries in “drive-by” office visits has pleaded guilty to charges of health care and prescription fraud, federal officials announced. New Hampshire U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said that Kristen Khanna, the operator of Total Pain Care and Wellness of Salem, New Hampshire, allowed a non-professional office worker to write opioid prescriptions to Medicare beneficiaries. According to the U.S. Attorney’s announcement, Ms. Khanna left the office employee with a pad of blank prescription forms that she signed. The employee would then fill them out and give ... Read More

Giant Hogweed Plant Leaves Virginia Teen With Third-Degree Facial Burns

A Virginia teen is recovering from third-degree burn injuries he developed after coming in contact with a Giant Hogweed plant while working a landscaping job. Alex Childress, 17, of Spotsylvania, was clearing vegetation on the job July 12 when he thought he was feeling the effects of a sunburn on his face. He continued working throughout the day, not realizing the actual danger he was in, Newsweek reports. When he returned home, he took a shower and found the skin on his face and arm was peeling away, much like it would after a severe sunburn. His mother, a nurse ... Read More

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak sickens 100

Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date. Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam ... Read More

Drowsy driving cause of NH tractor-trailer crash

A New Hampshire man was slapped with a summons for drowsy driving after the tractor-trailer he was driving along Interstate 95 ran off the roadway and struck several trees along the eastern shoulder. The accident occurred around 1:35 a.m. on July 4. Douglas Boles, 59, was officially issued a summons for fatigued operation under the federal motor carrier safety regulations. He was driving a 2015 Freightliner that was hauling a 53-foot box trailer. The accident caused one of the truck’s fuel tanks to rupture, spilling about 70 gallons on the road and requiring cleanup by the State Department of Environmental ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More