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Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

Airplane Crashes Into SoCal Super Bowl Party, Killing Five People

A Sunday evening Super Bowl party turned into a horrific tragedy when a private airplane broke apart in the air, scattering flaming debris over a Yorba Linda, California neighborhood and triggering a house fire that killed four people in addition to the airplane’s pilot. The main cabin and one engine of the twin-engine Cessna airplane crashed through the roof of the suburban Yorba Linda home and burst into flames that immediately enveloped the house. The people inside the home were only identified as two males and two females as of Monday afternoon. The pilot and sole occupant of the 1981 ... Read More

Severely Injured Tesla Model S Driver Sues Over Autopilot Crash

When Shawn Hudson bought a 2017 Tesla Model S for his long commutes to and from work, he invested $5,000 for the autopilot add-on, convinced that it would make his four-hour drives easier. He never thought the safety feature would send his car into the path of a disabled vehicle while going 80 mph. Mr. Hudson survived the crash, but he suffers from severe and permanent brain and spinal injuries, according to a lawsuit he filed against Tesla. The basis of his complaint is that Tesla often describes its autopilot as a driver assistance feature, indicating that drivers need to ... Read More

Two construction workers dead after scaffolding collapses near Disney World

Two construction workers fell six stories to their deaths early Wednesday morning after the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. The workers were pouring concrete for a new hotel near Orlando, Florida, just outside Disney World. A third man survived by hanging onto part of the scaffold and pulling himself to safety. The men were working on the $282 million JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, scheduled to open in 2019. It is owned and developed by private equity group DCS Investment Holdings, which is owned by Dwight C. Schar, co-owner of the Washington Redskins. The construction project is still ... Read More

Video shows airplane nosedive into shopping center parking lot

Dramatic dashcam video shows the final seconds of a twin-engine Cessna as it nosedived toward the ground and crashed into an unoccupied car outside a Santa Ana, California shopping center, killing all five people aboard. Orange County fire officials say it could have been much worse. The accident occurred on a busy weekend shopping day in a highly trafficked retail area. The owner of the car that was hit was inside the store shopping at the time of the accident. The plane was piloted by Scott Shepherd, the owner of a San Francisco real estate consulting firm, Category III Aviation ... Read More

Bode Miller, Morgan Beck Miller Raising Drowning Awareness After Daughter’s Death

Olympic skiing champion Bode Miller and his wife are urging parents of young children to take every precaution around swimming pools after their 19-month-old daughter tragically died of drowning-related injuries in June. “I can attest from firsthand experience now that it’s unbelievable quick and unbelievable sneaky,” Mr. Miller told NBC’s Today. “You’d think it’d be like some weird circumstance or some strange thing, and it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.” The drowning occurred June 9 when Bode Miller’s wife, Olympic volleyball player Morgan Beck Miller, was at a neighbor’s house. According to E!, Orange County ... Read More

Investigators Link Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak To Disneyland

Health authorities suspect an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 15 people in Southern California is tied to two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, but how the illness infected some of the individuals remains a mystery. Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good told the Los Angeles Times that 11 of the 15 people with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease visited Disneyland in September. Two of those sickened in the outbreak have died. Four of those infected did not visit Disneyland. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the naturally occurring Legionella bacteria, which exists in low concentrations in ... Read More

Electrocution: a Deadly Occupational Injury

A Sarasota man was severely injured when he was electrocuted by power lines. Omri Snow, 23, was using a lift truck to hang banners on light poles for a private contractor when he came in contact with power lines. By the time rescue crews arrived on scene, the entire lift truck was engulfed in flames. According to Fox 13 News, from the time the truck caught fire to the time rescuers arrived and put it out, a total of only 16 minutes had passed. Power was shut off for the 3,000 nearby homes as a team worked to douse the ... Read More

Deadly C-130 Crash Kills 16 U.S. Troops

Although the military is still investigating what brought down a U.S. Marine KC-130 on July 10, U.S. Marines Brig. Gen. Bradley James told CNN, “Indications are something went wrong at cruise altitude.” The aircraft, known for its reliability, according to the New York Times, went down in a western rural Mississippi soybean field and killed all 16 service members on board including 15 U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy medical corpsman. The five-mile debris field was spread across both sides of U.S. Highway 82 between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorhead, which is about 100 miles north of Jackson. ... Read More

Sears agrees to pay CA $235,000 for selling dangerous dietary supplements

Sears has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle charges by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that the retail giant sold dietary supplements on its websites that are banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The department store was also barred from selling misbranded or falsely advertised dietary supplements. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court earlier this week, accuses Sears Holdings Management Corp., of advertising and selling nutritional supplements that were found, after FDA laboratory analysis, to contain “dangerous, undeclared substances,” including undeclared sibutramine, a stimulant that was pulled from the market in 2010 due to heart risks, and ephedra, ... Read More