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“Fair Warning,” the Book: Michael Connelly in Conversation with Editor Myron Levin

You may have heard how Michael Connelly’s latest crime thriller, “Fair Warning”, came by its title. This third bestseller in the Jack McEvoy series finds Jack working as an investigative reporter for our nonprofit news organization.

Consumer Protection

Johnson & Johnson Hammered Again in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Verdict of $70 Million

Health care products giant Johnson & Johnson suffered another big legal defeat late Thursday, when a St. Louis jury ordered the company and its talc supplier to pay about $70 million in damages to a woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the use of talc powders for feminine hygiene. [...]

Labor

Pay Violations Rampant in Low-Wage Industries Despite Enforcement Efforts

A warehouse workers protest in Illinois (Peoplesworld/Flickr/Creative Commons) For workers stuck on the bottom rung, living on poverty wages is hard enough. But many also are victims of wage theft, a catch-all term for payroll abuses that cheat workers of income they are supposedly guaranteed by law. Over [...]

Warning Wire

2nd Infant Death Spurs a Repeat Warning for Drop-Side Baby Cribs

After learning of a 2009 accident that killed a seven-month-old infant in Colorado Springs, Colo., federal authorities have reissued a recall order for close to a million Delta Enterprise Corp. drop-side baby cribs. Although the cribs are not believed to have been sold by major retailers for several years, the [...]

Warning Wire

Mining Deaths Rise to 71 Last Year, More Than Double 2009’s Record Low

On-the-job deaths in the mining industry, after hitting a record low of 34 in 2009, shot back up to 71 last year. Twenty-three of the 2010 fatalities, the Department of Labor reported, were in surface mining accidents. The other 48 miners died in underground mining incidents — including 29 killed [...]

Warning Wire

U.S. to Ease Rules on Benefits for Vets with Stress Disorder

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder may have an easier time getting disability benefits as soon as this Monday. The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to drop a rule that requires veterans to document specific events like mortar attacks or bomb blasts that might have caused the illness, The New York [...]

Warning Wire

Massey Points Finger at Regulators for Deadly Mine Explosion

Massey Energy Co. says a ventilation system ordered by government regulators reduced air flow in the Upper Big Branch mine, possibly causing the April explosion in which 29 miners perished. Massey CEO Don Blankenship said that in 2009 and 2010, the agency required the mine to adopt a ventilation system [...]