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Cincinnati bans text messaging while driving

September 10, 2010 4:35 am | by LISA CORNWELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

City Council members in Cincinnati on Thursday approved an ordinance banning the sending, reading or writing of text messages while driving.The ordinance adopted Thursday by Cincinnati's city council in an 8-1 vote also bans accessing the Internet while driving. Other Ohio cities — including...

Experts say big egg farms can mean big problems

September 9, 2010 11:35 pm | by DAVID MERCER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

From the first days of the recent recall of 550 million eggs from two Iowa farms, one issue about large-scale agriculture has been clear: When something goes wrong on a big farm, it's going to be a big problem.It's a point even some supporters of industrialized farming acknowledge."If you have...

Workers suing companies over Conn. plant blast

September 9, 2010 2:35 pm | by EVERTON BAILEY Jr. - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for nine workers injured or killed in a Connecticut power plant explosion are suing companies involved with the plant, saying the facility was rife with violations.The four lawyers filed a lawsuit for each of the workers Thursday in Middletown Superior Court, alleging plant owner...


Official: Men who died in NY sewer didn't test air

September 9, 2010 12:35 pm | by JIM FITZGERALD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A sewer worker who suffocated as he tried to clear a blocked underground pipe went against his training by failing to test the dank air before scampering down a manhole, a village official said Thursday.And the firefighter who died trying to rescue the worker also apparently decided not to wait...

Ind. agency: Firefighters lacked rescue training

September 9, 2010 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A volunteer fire department will stop attempting some rescues of trapped people after state safety inspectors found that firefighters weren't properly trained when they tried to save two workers who were fatally overcome by acid fumes, a fire chief said.In a report issued last month, the...

Gov't Says Imaging Drugs Can Be Deadly

September 9, 2010 11:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Regulators are warning doctors that a class of injectable drugs used in MRI scans can cause a rare and sometimes fatal condition in patients with kidney disease.

9 dead after train hits bus in Brazil

September 9, 2010 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a bus carrying nearly 30 passengers was ripped in two when it was hit by a cargo train in southeastern Brazil. At least nine people are dead.Rescue workers say six died instantly when the train crashed into the bus and dragged it for nearly 100 meters (yards) in the late...

Fire at Hutchinson business kills 1, injures 1

September 9, 2010 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A flash fire at a central Kansas business killed one worker and injured another man who tried to help him.The fire Wednesday at Woodwork Manufacturing in Hutchinson killed 46-year-old Kevin Lewis of Burrton.Hutchinson fire official Wes Stewart says Lewis was standing on a platform about 12 feet...


Kennett man dies in fall at work

September 9, 2010 5:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeast Missouri man is dead and another man is hospitalized with serious injuries following a workplace accident.The Kennett Daily Dunklin Democrat reports the accident happened Tuesday at the Oakley Inc. site at the Pemiscot County Port Authority. Two male employees had fallen from a...

Worker killed at dam construction site ID'd

September 8, 2010 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have released the name of a construction worker who was killed in an accident at a dam northeast of Great Falls.The Cascade County Coroner's Office says 44-year-old Taun Kultgen died after he was crushed between two trucks that were driving by each other at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. PPL...

Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1950

September 8, 2010 8:35 pm | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people dying on the nation's roads has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, helped by a combination of seat belts, safer cars and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws.The Transportation Department said late Wednesday that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to...

Grassley Questions USDA Role At Egg Farms

September 8, 2010 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senator is asking Agriculture Secretary to address accusations federal workers ignored complaints about conditions at two Iowa farms involved in egg recall.

Peanut Exec Back To Work After Deadly Outbreak

September 8, 2010 10:11 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed for salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds is back in the business.


BP: Eight Failures Led To Disaster

September 8, 2010 5:46 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Lead BP investigator is saying that eight separate failures had to occur for the company's deepwater well to unleash the largest offshore oil spill in history.

Car Booster Seats Make Gains In Insurance Tests

September 8, 2010 5:21 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave top marks to 30 percent of booster seats it evaluated for properly restraining children, compared to 15 percent last year.

China: Fake airline pilot resumes resolved in 2008

September 8, 2010 3:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's aviation regulator on Wednesday confirmed nearly 200 pilots had falsified their work histories, but said the problems were resolved in 2008 and warned future violations would be dealt with severely.The Civil Aviation Administration of China, in a notice on its website, said officials...

Worker killed at dam construction site

September 7, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PPL Montana says a construction worker has been killed in an accident at the work site of a dam northeast of Great Falls.The Great Falls Tribune reports that authorities responded Tuesday morning after receiving a call that a worker had been in an accident involving heavy equipment.PPL says an...

Retail group spends $684,939 on 2Q lobbying

September 7, 2010 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Retail Industry Leaders Association spent $684,939 in the second quarter to lobby the federal government on a variety of issues from health care reform to clothing tariffs, according to a recent disclosure report.That's more than the $550,000 it spent in the first quarter of 2010 and the...

Explosion at Pemex refinery kills 1 in Mexico

September 7, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at one of the state-run oil company's refineries Tuesday killed one worker and injured 10, the company said.The blast at the Cadereyta refinery was caused by a leak in a hydrogen recirculation compressor, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said in a statement.Juan Sanchez Paz, 32, an...

Ground Beef Outbreak Puts Spotlight On Oversight

September 7, 2010 10:23 am | by MARTIGA LOHN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

First known U.S. outbreak linked to a rare strain of E. coli in ground beef is prompting a fresh look at tougher regulations to protect the nation's meat supply.

Gardening: Will the real perennials stand up?

September 7, 2010 9:35 am | by LEE REICHAssociated Press | News | Comments

Now is a good time of year to think "perennial": which plants really are, and which ones could be.The word perennial, among gardeners, usually refers to an herbaceous (non-woody) flowering plant — that is, one whose roots live year after year but whose top dies down to the ground each winter.That...

Guyana closes Malaysian-owned company after death

September 7, 2010 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials said Tuesday they have ordered the closure of a Malaysian-owned timber factory following the death of a worker last week and two recent fatal accidents.The Barama factory will remain closed until authorities determine how a worker found near a veneer-cutting machine died,...

Utility worker's death investigated

September 7, 2010 3:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death of a longtime Minnesota Power worker is under investigation in northeastern Minnesota.The utility says the death of 47-year-old Kyle Damberg is a "tragic work site accident." But, further details weren't released.Damberg was found unresponsive Friday at a maintenance building under...

Nebraska settles lawsuit over woman's accident

September 6, 2010 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of Nebraska has settled a lawsuit that accused workers at the Beatrice State Developmental Center of waiting five days to report an accident in which the legs of a resident were broken in a fall.Gage County District Court documents say Judge Paul Korslund last week approved the...

'Alive' survivors to Chilean mining kin: Be strong

September 4, 2010 12:35 pm | by PETER PRENGAMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former rugby players from Uruguay who survived more than two months of isolation in the snow-covered Andes met on Saturday with some of the relatives of 33 trapped miners and urged them to stay strong."They will be out soon," said Jose Inciarte, one of the four plane crash survivors visiting...

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