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Lawmaker Seeks Hearing on Toxic Exposures in Prison Recycling Plants

A blistering government report about prison employees and inmates being exposed to toxic substances while working in electronic waste recycling plants prompted a call Friday for a congressional hearing. The request by Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio, was triggered by the disclosure of safety violations, including high levels of airborne lead and cadmium,  at several prison […]

Massey Execs Invoke 5th Amendment in Probe of Lethal Mine Blast

Government investigators looking for causes of the April disaster that killed 29 West Virginia coal miners have run into a new barrier: Officials of Massey Energy, owner of the doomed mine, are refusing to cooperate, invoking their 5th Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, the Charleston Gazette reports. The explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine […]

Toyota Accused in Lawsuit of Buying Back Vehicles–and Buying Silence

Toyota dealers quietly bought back vehicles from owners who complained of sudden acceleration in exchange for confidentiality agreements, according to new charges filed this week in a federal lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reports. Dealership employees also witnessed and personally experienced sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles several times in the last decade, yet the company […]

Death of Notre Dame Student in Lift Collapse Sparks Investigation

The collapse of a lift device in a freak wind storm caused the death of a Notre Dame student earlier this week, and could result in the university being cited for safety violations. Declan Sullivan, a 20-year old junior from Long  Grove, Ill., was videotaping a practice of the Notre Dame football team on Wednesday […]

Recall Rundown: Nissan, Beef Jerky, Halloween Toy Lanterns and More

Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Cars, Trucks, SUVs Worldwide Nestle Raisinets May Contain Undeclared Peanuts, Product Recall Nationwide Recall of Beef Jerky Sticks Girls’ Ruffle Vests Recalled by The Children’s Place Due to Choking Hazard Sandoz Initiates Voluntary Recall in the U.S. of All 50mg/2mL and 250mg/10mL Vials of Methotrexate Injection, USP Due to the Presence […]

Study Singes Red Yeast Rice, an Alternative Cholesterol Remedy

Red yeast rice is an old Chinese favorite that colors or adds flavor to everything from pastries to Peking duck, but it has turned into a popular remedy for Americans looking for an alternative to cholesterol drugs. Indeed, Americans looking to improve their health pay tens of millions of dollars for the product every year […]

Judge Rejects Class Action Status for Childhood Obesity Suit Against McDonald’s

Throngs of consumers line up for Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets every day but that doesn’t mean that thousands of people also can come together to sue McDonald’s Corp. for making them fat. Bloomberg reports that a federal judge in New York has turned down a bid by two plaintiffs who sought to turn their […]

Presidential Panel Points Finger at Halliburton, BP in Probe of Gulf Gusher

The presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill has reached a stark conclusion about a factor that contributed to the deadly April drilling explosion:  The cement used to seal the bottom of the well was faulty. Moreover, cement contractor Halliburton Co. and BP both knew it. Commission investigator Fred H. Bartlit Jr. did not identify the cement […]

Food Industry, Pressured for More Nutrition Data, Promises Better Labels

Will consumers soon be able to face the facts about the amount of sugar, salt and fat in their food? Two major food industry groups have announced general plans to provide “straightforward nutrition information” on the front of grocery products, starting early next year. In a news release, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing […]

Clout of Gun Lobby Limits ATF’s Enforcement Arsenal

While federal law enforcement sometimes evokes images of high-tech sleuthing straight out of Hollywood, gun tracing by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is very much a low-tech affair. Instead of a relying on a searchable computer database, ATF agents track guns using magnifying glasses, scotch tape and, literally, a paper trail. A […]