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Distracted Driving Caused Crash Of Nuclear Waste Truck In Maryland

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Maryland authorities investigating the Wednesday crash of a tractor trailer hauling hazardous waste from Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear reactors determined distracted driving to be the cause. Maryland State Police said the 57-year-old driver, Daniel Bates, of Tennessee, had his attention fixed on another accident that had occurred on Interstate 81 near Maugansville, Md., just south of the Pennsylvania border. Mr. Bates has been charged in the crash, according to USA Today. The 2001 Freightliner truck was hauling two shipping containers of used protective suits that workers at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant used during radioactive cleanup. A spokesman ... Read More

Truck Driver Charged For Deadly Oklahoma Bus Crash

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The driver of a tractor trailer who crossed a highway median and collided with a bus in Oklahoma last year, killing four members of the North Central Texas College softball team, was high on synthetic marijuana or “spice,” as the substance is commonly called, federal investigators have determined. Authorities in Murray County, Okla., charged Russel Wayne Staley, 53, Thursday in Murray County District Court for the deaths of the four players, Meagan Richardson, 19 of Wylie, Texas; Katelynn Woodlee, 18, of Windom, Texas; Jaiden Pelton, 20, of Telephone, Texas; and Brooke Deckard, 20, of Scurry, Texas. The players were headed ... Read More

Study: Restoring testosterone safer than replacing testosterone


Restoring testosterone production in men may be a more effective method of boosting low levels of the hormone in men compared to testosterone replacement therapy, and restorative therapy does not adversely effect male fertility the way testosterone products do, a new study reveals. Testosterone replacement therapies, such as AndroGel, have been heavily promoted to increase sex drive and energy levels in men with low levels of testosterone, a condition known as hypogonadism. Testosterone supplements can boost levels of the hormone in the body, but they also fool the body into thinking it is producing enough, thus the body begins making ... Read More

Tennessee man sues AndroGel makers, blames testosterone for heart attack


A Tennessee man says he was lured by the commercials for AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel so that he sought out the hormone from his doctor as a treatment for tiredness and other symptoms. Gary Lorei of Elizabethton, Tenn., claims that shortly after starting testosterone therapy, he suffered a heart attack. He filed a lawsuit against AbbVie alleging the company did not adequately warn users about testosterone side effects, including increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and blood clots. He also claims that the company promoted the drug for conditions for which may not be appropriate. Lorei’s lawsuit mirrors ... Read More

Alabama joins multi-state investigation into Volkswagen emissions fraud

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Alabama has announced it is joining at least 27 states in an investigation of potential vehicle emissions fraud committed by Volkswagen. The multi-state probe plans to subpoena Volkswagen to learn more about the company’s diesel vehicle emissions. “We take any allegations of consumer fraud very seriously and will review the representations made by Volkswagen to its diesel customers in Alabama,” said Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. The following states, including Alabama, have announced participation in the Volkswagen fraud probe:  Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps Recover $1.5 million From Hospice Chain


A Nashville, Tenn.-based hospice chain has agreed to reimburse the U.S. and its home state more than $1.5 million for overbilling Medicare and the TennCare Medicaid program for hospice services it provided from June 2010 to January 2013. The resolution stems from a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by whistleblower Linda Anderson, a triage nurse who used to work for Alive Hospice Inc. Ms. Anderson filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, alleging the hospital chain routinely overbilled Medicare and TennCare by providing costly inpatient general care to patients who did not need it. Medicare and TennCare reimburse hospice ... Read More

FDA announces frozen corn recall after it tests positive for Listeria monocytogenes

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recent press release, Bonduelle USA Inc. has announced a frozen corn recall, which affects more than 9,300 cases of the frozen corn due to the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes. If Listeria is present in the frozen corn, serious infections may occur in those with weakened immune systems, such as children or elderly people. If a healthy person ingests Listeria, the individual may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and stiffness. Pregnant women with a Listeria infection could have a miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of the ... Read More

Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

The Fraud List: Community Health Systems typifies fraud targeting government health care programs

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Community Health Systems Inc. is the largest for-profit operator of general acute-care hospitals in the United States, with more than 200 hospitals in a network that spans 29 states. On its website, the Franklin, Ten.-based corporation says its hospitals “are dedicated to providing quality healthcare for local residents and contribute to the economic development of their communities.” But as The Fraud List demonstrates, some of the nation’s biggest corporations can also be some of its biggest fraudsters. Earlier this year, Community Health Systems Services and three New Mexico hospitals in its network agreed to pay the U.S. government $75 million ... Read More

Kroger recalls seasonings for possible salmonella contamination

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Popular supermarket chain Kroger has announced a sizable recall of four Kroger-brand seasonings sold in its stores. The Kroger recall was sparked by the FDA’s discovery of Salmonella in a sample of the Kroger-brand Garlic Powder sold by a South Carolina store. According to the supermarket’s press release, the following Kroger-brand seasonings were produced in the same facility with the same equipment as the Salmonella-tainted Garlic Powder and are now under recall: Kroger Bac’n Buds: 12 oz containers (Sell by: May 20 18PS4) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper: 17.1 oz containers (Sell by: May 18 18PS4, Sell by: May 19 ... Read More