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Lobbyists Target Distracted Driving Campaigns by Oprah, Ray LaHood FairWarining Investigates

Lobbyists Target Distracted Driving Campaigns by Oprah, Ray LaHood

Wireless and mobile device companies should be afraid — very afraid — of Oprah Winfrey, Ray LaHood and rising public concern over driver distraction. An internal memo by Washington lobbyists calls for a broad industry coalition to push education as an alternative to stiffer controls on using cell phones and other devices behind the wheel.

Environmental Group Pushes for BPA Ban By Suing FDA

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration in an attempt to force the agency to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, from food packaging. The chemical is found in hard plastic and is also used in the lining of most canned food products, including fruits…

Agro Research Too Short-Sighted, Federal Report Says

Agricultural research is too focused on increasing production and needs to consider impacts on water pollution, air contamination, and other public health concerns, according to a report issued Tuesday by a federal advisory group. U.S. farmers are producing 158 percent more food than they did half a century ago, the National Academies’ National Research Council…

Fireworks Ignite Concern Among Safety Experts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to be safe around fireworks this Fourth of July, citing a recent CPSC study that tallied two deaths and almost 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries related to fireworks in 2009. About 6,000 of the injuries occurred 15 days before or after July 4, the vast…

VA Hospital Warns Veterans of HIV, Hepatitis Exposure

A VA hospital in St. Louis may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to diseases including HIV and hepatitis. The John Cochran VA Medical Center sent letters to 1,812 patients explaining that they were at risk for contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV because dental technicians had improperly cleaned their instruments. The lapse in…

Supreme Court Allows Nigerian Pfizer Cases To Go On

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review an appeal by Pfizer Inc., paving the way for Nigerian families to pursue lawsuits they filed against the drugmaker for what they argue were inappropriate clinical trials that killed or disabled dozens of children. Pfizer conducted clinical trials for the antibiotic Trovan during a 1996 meningitis epidemic,…

Habitat for Humanity Homes May Have Tainted Drywall, Report Finds

A New Orleans chapter of Habitat for Humanity continues to insist that the Chinese drywall it used to build nearly 200 houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina is safe. But residents have had problems with corrosion, electronics failure and health issues they believe are related to their drywall, according to an investigative report published by…

Massey Challenges Feds Over Mine Disaster Probe

For the second time in a week, Massey Energy Co. has taken legal action against federal regulators who are investigating the April explosion that killed 29 miners at one of the company’s West Virginia mines. The coal company is appealing a Mine Safety and Health Administration order that restricts what the company can do during…

Cell Phone Industry Retaliates After San Francisco Passes Radiation Law

The cell phone industry is striking back after San Francisco last week voted to require cell phone retailers to post the amount of radiation the phones on their shelves emit. The industry is concerned that the landmark requirement will spark fears that cell phone radiation causes cancer, though the word is not mentioned in the…

Cockpit Fires Spark Inaction From FAA

For years, federal aviation officials have known that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire, but they have yet to require airlines to resolve the problem, the Associated Press reports. In at least 29 incidents, pilots reported that the heaters burned or smoldered, sometimes even after flight crews had sprayed them with fire…