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Positive Train Control (PTC) Delayed on Metro-North for Another Two Years

Positive Train Control or PTC, the technology that can automatically slow trains in dangerous sections of track, will not be installed in the Metro-North rail system for another two years after federal regulators gave the railroad a deadline extension. Metro-North, the New York City-based commuter rail operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), was supposed to have PTC up and running on all of its trains by Dec. 31, 2018. The rail says it has achieved critical benchmarks in its implementation of PTC technology across its 800 miles of track, but it needs more time to complete installation and ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... Read More

ACS Translator May Sue NYC over House Call Stabbing Attack

A translator who was nearly stabbed to death on a New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) house call may file a personal injury lawsuit alleging the social worker she accompanied repeatedly stoked a tense situation until it turned violent. Anna Yuen, who translates Cantonese for Accurate Communication Inc., went to the home of Feng Quanyi, 61, in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn Nov. 8 with an ACS social worker who was checking on the wellbeing of Quanyi’s two grandchildren following a report of neglect. Ms. Yuen and the ACS employee were following up with the family from ... Read More

New York Law Firm Pays U.S. $6.1 Million to Settle False Claims Case

A New York law firm specializing in mortgage foreclosures has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $6 million to settle allegations that it caused the submission of false claims to Fannie Mae with inflated service expenses. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the agreement, saying that Rosicki Rosicki & Associates and its wholly owned affiliates, Enterprise Process Service and Paramount Land, “systematically generated false and inflated bills for foreclosure-related and eviction-related expenses,” and then caused the submission of those expenses to Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae approved Rosicki to perform legal work in connection with ... Read More

Sexual harassment allegations may cost former CBS CEO severance

Former CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, who left the company under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, may not get the $120 million severance package he was expecting. Attorneys hired by the network to investigate the claims say they have enough evidence to show that CBS has grounds to deny payment to the former executive. According to a draft report acquired by The New York Times, Moonves destroyed evidence and lied to investigators, essentially violating the terms of his employment contract. “Based on the facts developed to date, we believe that the board would have multiple bases upon which to ... Read More

Partial Building Collapse Injures Man in Harlem

New York City authorities are investigating a partial building collapse in Harlem that trapped and injured a man Thursday. The building collapse occurred at an old three-story church at 316 W. 135th Street just before noon on Nov. 29. Authorities said the church structure had been in a state of disrepair for a long time and was undergoing a planned, controlled demolition when the first floor suddenly collapsed into the basement. No workers were in the church at the time of the building collapse but a man on a motorcycle in the parking lot was covered with debris. The man ... Read More

Family sues MGM after daughter was electrocuted by illuminated handrail

The family of a 6-year-old girl who suffered brain damage after being electrocuted by an illuminated handrail bordering a fountain at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, has filed a lawsuit against the resort. On the evening of June 26, Zynae Green touched the lighted handrail, which sent 120 volts of electricity through her body – 10 times what the railing needed to stay lit, according to the complaint. When her mother, Rydicka Rosier, and a security guard tried to pull her away from the railing, they also were electrocuted. The jolt caused Green to go into immediate ... Read More

Construction managers face assault charges after serious worksite accident

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has filed assault charges against a superintendent and branch manager at a construction site after two ironworkers were “gravely injured” at the jobsite. The incident occurred in June 2018 at a luxury residential construction site in Harlem where a Jekko mini crane fell several stories severely injuring two workers. Terrence Edwards, 39, and Timothy Braico, 41, were charged for their role in allowing an untrained employee to operate the crane, which led to the horrific accident. Vance said in a statement, “158,000 New Yorkers now make up our city’s construction workforce. It’s these ... Read More

Bus Driver Faces 33 Criminal Charges For Deadly Pennsylvania crash

A commercial bus driver faces 33 criminal charges in connection with a Pennsylvania bus crash that killed a 33-year-old Cornell graduate and injured a dozen others. Charles Dwight Dixon, 50, of Bronx, New York, was behind the wheel of the Big Red Bullet motor coach when it drove off the side of I-380 near Scranton and crashed in a wooded area. The impact killed Rebecca Blanco, a California transplant who last year graduated from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and lived in New York City. At least 14 people were on the bus at the time of the ... Read More

Black box data reveals pilots struggled to keep jet from going into nosedive

Pilots of the Boeing 737 that crashed into the Java Sea in October fought relentlessly almost from the moment the plane took off to keep the plane from taking a nosedive, but apparently the automatic system was receiving incorrect sensor readings and as a result repeatedly forced the nose down, according to a preliminary report of the plane’s black box data recorder. More than two dozen times during the 11-minute flight, pilots of the ill-fated Lion Air Flight 610 were able to force the nose of the plane back until they finally lost control, causing the plane to plummet into the ... Read More