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Charter Bus Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens in Virginia

A bus crash near Richmond, Virginia, killed two people and injured dozens of others, some critically, Tuesday morning when it overturned on an exit ramp. The charter bus, owned by Massachusetts-based Tao’s Travel, was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to New York City when it crashed about 5:30 p.m. just south of Richmond. There were 56 passengers on board plus the driver, whom authorities identified as Yui Man Chow, 40, of Staten Island, New York. The Virginia State Police said the driver was traveling at an excessive speed when he veered off a foggy exit ramp on Interstate 95 in King ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Jet Experienced Problems Similar to Lion Air Flight

The Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed March 10 began experiencing harrowing problems within a minute of takeoff from Addis Ababa, entering into dangerous flight patterns that were similar to those experienced by the Lion Air flight that crashed five months earlier in Indonesia. Citing information shared by an unidentified source involved in the investigation, the New York Times reported that upon takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accelerated to dangerous speeds before oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet. The motions of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft suggest its autopilot system repeatedly entered anti-stall maneuvers that the pilots couldn’t ... Read More

Proposed Overtime Rule Could Benefit 1 Million U.S. Workers

A proposed change in federal labor laws could expand overtime eligibility to more than 1 million salaried workers in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Labor proposed raising the overtime threshold to most salaried workers earning an annual salary of $35,308 or $679 per week so that employees making less than that amount would be eligible for time-and-a-half pay for any hours over 40 worked per week. Currently, the overtime threshold sits at $23,660 or $455 per week, so anyone making more than that isn’t eligible for overtime pay. The government set the current overtime threshold 15 years ago. The ... Read More

All Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Grounded Worldwide Over Safety Concerns

Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes are now grounded in the United States and the rest of the world over concerns the aircraft may be unsafe to fly after the deadly March 10 crash of Ethiopia Airlines flight 302, the second deadly crash involving that plane model in five months. Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the 737 Max 8 planes in U.S. airspace would be allowed to continue to their destinations and then be grounded until further notice. The decision to ground the planes reversed the position that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had taken just hours earlier, insisting there were ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Could Signal More Trouble for Boeing

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed just minutes after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Flight ET302 departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 8:38 a.m. local time. The plane was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it lost contact with air controllers six minutes later. The Ethiopian Airlines jet was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. According to The New York Times, the Ethiopian Airlines plane took off in good weather with clear visibility, but ... Read More

Widow sues school district, company for husband’s electrocution death

The wife of an experienced electrician who was killed while performing electrical work at a Buffalo, New York-area high school in 2017, is suing both the school district and the company that managed the project claiming both parties failed to provide a safe workplace for her husband. The lawsuit filed by Christy A. Gause, wife of now-deceased Charles Gause, names Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District and Campus Construction Management Group. Charles Gause was employed with CIR Electrical Construction Corp. On Aug. 30, 2017, Gause was performing electrical work in an electrical closet at the high school that was ... Read More

Will Gottlieb’s Resignation from FDA Jeopardize E-Cigarette Regulation?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb, whose leadership has been dominated in recent months by a crusade against the e-cigarette and tobacco industries, told his staff on Tuesday that he will resign in April. The surprise announcement casts a shadow over the bold initiatives Dr. Gottlieb spearheaded to combat the opioid addiction and youth vaping epidemics, both of which gripped the nation largely because of aggressive and sometimes illegal marketing and sales efforts by manufacturers. His bold efforts to beat back youth vaping and tobacco use have rankled many industry officials and Republican lawmakers, who have criticized ... Read More

Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Crash Kills Three

Authorities investigating a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter train crash Tuesday night that killed three people and injured several others say a car was trying to beat the gate when it was struck by two trains traveling in opposite directions. The three people killed in the crash were all occupants of the car that drove around the lowered gates at a grade crossing near the Westbury station. Long Island Rail Road president Phillip Eng confirmed that the gates were lowered and the lights were flashing when the car attempted to cross the tracks. Authorities said an eastbound train struck ... Read More

NTSB Suspects Thermos Caused Deadly NYC Bus Crash

Federal investigators said a metal thermos that fell on the floor of a charter bus probably caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sending it crashing through a Queens, New York intersection at a high rate of speed and into another bus. The collision killed three people. Analyzing surveillance video, vehicle data, and other information collected from the deadly bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it couldn’t definitively say whether the dropped thermos jammed the gas and brake pedals, but said evidence supports that conclusion. On the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, the Dahlia Group ... Read More

Singer Ryan Adams accused of exploitation of female musicians

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took young female artists under his wing and offered to guide their careers, but later exploited and stifled their ambitions, his ex-wife, singer and actress Mandy Moore, told The New York Times. Times reporters talked to seven women who said they were manipulated by Adams or that he pursued them for sex. Their stories were backed up by associates and correspondence. Many times his interest in young artists became romantic in nature. In one case, he befriended a 14-year-old fan and musician, and while they never met in person, over a nine-month period they exchanged sometimes graphic text ... Read More