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What should a woman’s body smell like?

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Racism, misogyny and capitalism in the beauty industry Emilie and Bridget of Stuff Mom Never Told You from How Stuff Works recently aired an impassioned episode of their podcast about talcum powder and ovarian cancer and how Johnson and Johnson profited off women’s insecurities about their bodies, specifically targeting minority women even though they were aware of their products’ cancer risk. “Why are we all sprinkling powders in our underpants in an attempt to make our body parts smell less like body parts?” asked Bridget. The ladies asked where and when did we begin to feel disgusted and repulsed by ... Read More

Shipbuilder Settles Whistleblower Billing Fraud Allegations

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Newport, Virginia-based shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Inc. will pay the U.S. $7.9 million to complete a $9.2 million settlement resolving a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the company knowingly overbilled the government for labor performed on Navy and Coast Guard ships. Bryon Faulkner, a former Huntington Ingalls employee, started noticing billing irregularities while working at the company’s shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Faulkner’s whistleblower lawsuit alleges Huntington Ingalls mischarged and overcharged the government for work on numerous Navy and Coast Guard contracts starting in 2003. Mr. Faulkner also claims that the company ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Kills 4

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A Duke Life Flight helicopter was traveling from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina when it crashed, killing all four people on board just around 11:45 a.m. local time Sept. 8, the News and Observer reported. The helicopter was transporting a patient to Duke Medical Center in Durham when it crashed in Perquimans County near Belvidere, close to the Virginia border and about 160 miles east of Raleigh. Duke Life Flight was founded in 1985 and was the first hospital-based emergency transport service. It includes one other helicopter, both Eurocopter EC 145s, and five ground ambulances based ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

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Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Virginia Truck Driver Barred From Commercial Driving After Back-to-Back Crashes

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A Virginia-licensed commercial truck driver has been ordered to refrain from driving any commercial motor vehicle after federal officials declared him to be an imminent hazard to public safety. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Carlos Alberto Garcia was operating a large commercial truck on Interstate 495 outside of Washington D.C. on June 24 when he drifted into a caution-striped, paved median area and plowed into two individuals who had stopped their vehicle to re-secure a boat to a trailer they were towing. The crash killed one of the individuals and seriously injured the other. An investigation by Virginia ... Read More

Military Contractor Settles Whistleblower Allegations of Billing Fraud

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A whistleblower’s allegations that defense contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries intentionally overcharged the government for labor it was contracted to provide for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships have led to a $9.2 million settlement. Based in Newport, Virginia, Huntington Ingalls was contracted by the U.S. to provide shipbuilding services at its 11,000-employee Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard operations, one of the largest military shipyards in the country. The settlement resolves allegations that while constructing various ships under contract, Huntington Ingalls charged the U.S. for labor costs on work that was never actually done and also charged the government for dives related ... Read More

Whistleblower Lawsuit Recovers $450K From Government Contractor

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A Maryland-based infrastructure contractor has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $450,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it failed to pay its workers according to the prevailing wage required by federal labor standards when performing work for the government. Midasco LLC of Elkridge, Maryland, worked as a subcontractor on a Virginia highway project that created about 29 miles of reversible high-occupancy toll lanes along the I-95/I-495 corridor. Midasco’s contract included installation of highway signage, lighting, toll gantries, ITS infrastructure, and electrical communication components. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, federal officials investigated ... Read More

Whistleblower Suit Helps U.S. Recover $16 Million From Defense Contractor

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A whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit filed on behalf of the U.S. government against a Virginia Beach-based defense contractor and its subsidiaries has settled for $16 million, resolving allegations that the companies fraudulently obtained small-business contracts and engaged in illegal bid rigging. According to the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), the settlement with contractor ADS Inc. is one of the largest ever in connection with small-business contracting fraud. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed in 2013, alleging ADS conspired with small businesses that it owns and controls to apply for several valuable defense contracts reserved for small businesses. ADS subsidiaries Mythics ... Read More

Trump calls opioid crisis a national emergency

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President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency in response to a reporter’s question during his 17-day “working vacation” in New Jersey, but his comment wasn’t backed up by a White House press release or statement, according to MPR. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency,” Trump told a reporter. The White House created a special panel to look into the opioid crisis, which recommended that Trump declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. In previous meetings with the press, the President has not used such bold language when ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup

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International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More