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183 Amtrak passengers stranded in small snowy Oregon town

An Amtrak train with 183 passengers aboard has been stranded in the tiny town of Oakridge in Oregon since about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, when the Coast Starlight Train 11, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, struck a tree that had fallen onto the snow-covered tracks. No one aboard the train was injured, but “conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees,” Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari told ABC News. Poor weather conditions have forced road closings in the area. Crews are working to clear the track and were expected to reach the stranded train around 6 a.m. ... Read More

German Shipping Co Pays $3.2 Million Criminal Fine for Oil Dumping

A German shipping company must pay a $3.2 million criminal fine to resolve charges stemming from its deliberate dumping of oil waste in U.S. waters and maintaining false records, a federal judge in Maine decided. MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal the deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Nov. 2 announcement stated. Federal prosecutors said the German shipping company violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructed justice with its falsified log ... Read More

Fryer Explosion in Maine Restaurant Leaves Workers With Burn Injuries

Two workers suffered serious burn injuries when a propane-powered deep fryer exploded in the kitchen of a popular southern Maine restaurant Oct. 11. The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. in the kitchen of Rick’s All Seasons Restaurant in York, Maine, when the fryolator suddenly burst into “a ball of fire,” according to Seacoast Online. A sprinkler system quickly put out the fire, but the explosion and hot oil left employees BreeAnne McDowell and Marianne Porter with serious burn injuries. According to Seacoast Online and the Bangor Daily News, York Village Fire Department Chief Chris Balentine said one of the employees ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

High Lead Levels Prompt Detroit to Shut All Public School Taps

Dangerously high levels of lead in the Detroit public school system have prompted the city’s Public Schools Superintendent to order the taps in all of the city’s 106 public schools to be closed. Students who started school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, were provided water from coolers and bottled water. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti took over Michigan’s largest school district last year after it had been under state management for years.  He ordered the testing of every water outlet in every public school building in the spring – a decision motivated largely by the water crisis in the neighboring city of Flint ... Read More

Recalled Harbor Freight Chainsaws Pose Serious Injury Risk

Harbor Freight Tools said it is recalling two models of chainsaws sold under different brand names for a switch problem that could seriously injure the operator. The Camarillo, California-based retailer says the power switch on the chainsaw models under recall can malfunction, remaining on after the operator moves it to the off position. The problem can cause lacerations, amputations and other serious injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) May 14 recall notice, Harbor Freight said it received 15 reports of chainsaws failing to shut off. Three of the reports included lacerations to the operator, including one ... Read More

PDX Aromatics expands recall of tainted kratom supplements

PDX Aromatics is expanding the scope of its recall of certain kratom white vein powder and capsules and red vein powder products because the herbal supplements may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The products are part of an investigation by federal and local authorities into a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to various brands of kratom from multiple distributors. To date, at least 87 people in 35 states were sickened after ingesting kratom. Twenty-seven of those who fell ... Read More

Maine Ambulance, Hospital Settle False Claims Act Allegations

A False Claims Act lawsuit brought by the U.S. government against a Maine ambulance company and hospital has been settled, with the defendants agreeing to pay a combined total of more than $1.4 million to end a dispute over what government officials deemed to be unnecessary ambulance rides and other alleged practices costly to Medicare. Halsey Frank, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine, said North East Mobile Health Services of Scarborough, Maine, will pay $825,000 to the U.S. to resolve the False Claims Act allegations, while Maine Medical Center of Portland, Maine, will pay $600,000 in a separate ... Read More

Lithium Battery Explosion Eyed as Cause of Oregon House fire

A charging lithium battery inside a laptop could be to blame for causing a fire that forced a family to evacuate their Portland, Oregon-area home in the middle of the night. Homeowner Mark Rust told Portland, Oregon’s KPTV FOX 12 he and his family were asleep in their home in Tigard when they were awakened by a loud explosion in another part of the house. They called for help upon finding their living room ablaze. Mr. Rust said an older laptop computer had been charging. “Earlier in the evening I had plugged in an older laptop to recharge it, and ... Read More

Jury Awards Whistleblower $1 Million in Retaliation Case

A federal jury in Portland, Oregon awarded a former whistleblower $1 million in a retaliation case against a now out-of-business telemarketing firm. According to The Oregonian, Max Zweizig of New Jersey worked as the information technology director for the Oregon-based Northwest Direct Teleservices Inc. from 2001-2003. In 2004, he filed a lawsuit against Timothy Rote, the company’s owner and president, alleging he was fired in retaliation for alerting law enforcement authorities that the company was overbilling some clients. Mr. Zweizig’s whistleblower complaint originally went to arbitration and he was awarded $75,375 for lost wages and damages, but the judgement hasn’t ... Read More