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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

College takes action against deceased professor accused of sexual misconduct

Claims of sexual misconduct and harassment against college and university professors seem to be surfacing more since the #MeToo movement took hold. Last month, a lawsuit was filed against Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, by a group of women who claimed three psychology professors made inappropriate advances toward them, publicly groped them, and even coerced them into engaging in sexual relations. All three professors were put on paid leave and had their access to campus restricted by the college as the school conducts an investigation into the claims. But what if the professor being accused is dead? Such is ... Read More

Black Hawk Defects Caused Deadly Maryland Crash, Lawsuit Claims

The widow of an Army specialist who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other servicemen who were critically injured in the same crash are suing Sikorsky Aircraft and its parent company Lockheed Martin, alleging a defect in the helicopter’s tail rotor caused the aircraft to spin out of control and plummet to the ground. Spc. Jeremy Tomlin, 22, of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, was killed in the Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter crash. Capt. Terikazu Onoda, the pilot, and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas were critically injured and continue to suffer from permanent physical and ... Read More

Two dead after semi traveling wrong way collides with school bus

Two people died and one is seriously injured after a school bus carrying a girls’ basketball team collided with a semi-truck driving the wrong way down Interstate 74 between Bloomington and Downs in Illinois on Dec. 5. The bus was carrying eight students from the Normal West High School junior varsity girls basketball team, and two adults back to Normal after a game in the Champaign area. The 34-year-old driver of the semi truck, identified as Ryan E. Hute, and Charles Crabtree, 73, a school volunteer traveling with the team, were killed in the crash. All eight of the students ... Read More

Increases in overdoses, suicide drive down life expectancy again

New statistics showing a downtick in U.S. life expectancy for the second time in three years is a “wake up call,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, with many causes of death being preventable, namely drug overdoses and suicide. “Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield, adding the latest numbers are “sobering.” The drop in overall life expectancy averaged 78.6 years in 2017, a 0.1 decrease from the year before. Redfield said the reason was due to the rise in overdoses and suicides. Opioids are especially deadly. More than ... Read More

Automation Glitches, Pilot Error Contributed to Lion Air Crash

If preliminary findings of the Lion Air plane crash investigation bear out, the same automated technology that has made flying safer in recent years may be responsible for a growing share of plane crashes that do occur. Investigators involved in the probe of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia Oct. 29, found that the pilots faced a confusing “cacophony of warnings that started seconds after takeoff and continued for the remaining 11 minutes before the crash,” according to Bloomberg. When Boeing was designing its latest version of the 737 – ... Read More

Renovators of historic hotel cited for improper handling of asbestos

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries fined three companies involved in renovations of the historic Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane nearly $140,000 for mishandling toxic asbestos in the old hotel. Curtis Rystadt purchased the building for $1.4 million in June 2017. His company, Hos and Boz LLC, and Santiago’s Handyman Services, both of Oregon, were hit with a $24,500 fine for violating eight serious and three general worker safety rules, and an additional $45,000 for serious violations regarding hazardous materials. Both companies have appealed the fines. Kent, Washington-based 4 Aces Restoration was hit with a $200 fine for ... Read More

FDA To Restrict Sale of Vape Flavors

Federal authorities are barring the sale of fruit- and candy-flavored vape liquids in gas stations and convenience stores next week in an effort to beat back a surge of vaping among teens and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will still allow the sales of e-liquid – the nicotine-infused liquid that vaporizes inside a vaping device – at those retail locations, but only in tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors, The Washington Post reports. The FDA also plans to order online retailers of vaping products to implement stricter age-verification controls. The new restrictions, however, will not apply to vape shops ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $13.2 Million With Mortgage Fraud Case

A whistleblower has helped the U.S. government recover $13.2 million from Universal American Mortgage, a subsidiary of Lennar Homes that does business as Eagle Home Mortgage, in a settlement resolving allegations of mortgage fraud. The settlement with Eagle Home is the latest in a long series of mortgage fraud cases that the U.S. has litigated since the subprime mortgage crisis that helped plunge the U.S. into a deep recession. As with the other cases, many of which were initiated by a whistleblower action, the Eagle Home settlement resolves allegations that it falsely certified the mortgages it underwrote complied with Federal ... Read More

Seattle Pays Widow $7.7 Million For Fatal Transit Bus Collision

Washington state’s King County Metro Transit will pay $7.7 million to the wife of a Seattle man who was struck and killed by a transit bus while crossing a downtown Seattle street last year. John Ahn, a 43-year-old Amazon employee and father of a young son, was crossing Westlake Ave. after having dinner with coworkers when a King County Metro Transit making a right turn struck and killed him. According to The Seattle Times, the transit bus struck Mr. Ahn in the crosswalk, knocking him down. He struggled to get out of the bus’s path but the rear wheels of the ... Read More