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Rising speed limits spur safety concerns

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Tittl drives his Toyota Prius 140 miles from his home district to the state capitol in Madison every week. Usually, he keeps up with the fast-moving traffic on the highway. But one day, he decided to lower the pace and drive at the maximum speed allowed -- 65 mph.

"Little old ladies scowled at me and gave...Read more

Pet Vet: Is local drinking water safe for dogs?

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A reader has a question about drinking water for her dog, Lacey. Lacey is 9 months old and of mixed breed descent. Erin knows of caretakers who only use bottled water for their companions, fearing potential problems from tap water. Is tap water safe for Lacey? If not, what makes it unsafe?

First off I must tell you I am not a water quality ...Read more

Pet Vet: Dogs, too, can grieve death of a close friend

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Allison from Modesto, Calif., has been recently saddened by the loss of her dog, Fanny, a 12-year-old golden retriever. Fanny had a form of cancer called lymphosarcoma, and after eight months of treatment and a good quality of life, Fanny had a recurrence of her cancer and Allison elected to let her go.

Allison has another dog named Cali, a ...Read more

Sabbath cooking a safety worry for observant Jews

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PITTSBURGH -- Observant Jews say the tragic house fire that killed seven children in New York City recently has reinforced the need to use reliable kitchen equipment and smoke detectors for Sabbath use.

"It definitely highlights the importance of people being extra-careful that whatever is done is being done in a safe manner," said Rabbi ...Read more

Pet Vet: Biopsy results for Annie the yellow lab were good news

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When last we "spoke," our subject was Annie, a 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who had presented to our veterinary hospital for an annual physical examination. She was her normal happy self, always wanting to please as we went through the examination.

Unfortunately, Annie had a problem. No one could realize she had a life-threatening ...Read more

Pet Vet: Routine exam turns into emergency surgery

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Annie walked into the exam room just like she had been doing for the past nine years, rear end wagging back and forth with her tail keeping time. She had a big smile on her face and lowered her head as always to make it as easy as possible to pet her head. It was time for her annual physical examination.

Annie is a 9-year-old yellow Labrador ...Read more

New Metrolink cars' safety features probably reduced casualties

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LOS ANGELES--Metrolink's investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in safety improvements after a series of deadly collisions probably reduced casualties in Tuesday's crash and derailment, but the accident also highlighted the limits of ongoing efforts to reduce serious accidents on Southern California's commuter rail system.

Three crash-...Read more

Dad's quest for pool light safety continues

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Chris Sloan was devastated after his 7-year-old son, Calder, was electrocuted in the family pool last April when a faulty pool light connection electrified the water.

So he made pool safety his mission, convincing Florida county officials in Miami-Dade and Broward to ban high-voltage pool lights. Now, local legislators are taking up the cause ...Read more

Pet Vet: Evaluation should calm worries over anesthesia

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I've had a few letters in the recent past dealing with the subject of anesthesia in our companions. Audrie has a 10-year-old toy poodle named Cindy who has a problem with her teeth. Audrie has been told that her companion has bad dental disease and needs to have dental work done to correct this problem. Her concern, and reluctance as a result, ...Read more

Pet Vet: Rabbit's jaw pain likely a tooth issue

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Paula has a rabbit named Oscar. He is an indoor bunny with free roam of the house, as he is litter-box trained. He is 3 years old and is on an excellent diet consisting primarily of Timothy hay with a small amount of Timothy hay-based rabbit pellets given daily. Recently, Paula has noticed swelling on Timothy's left lower jaw. It does not seem ...Read more

Safer cars: 9 models had zero deaths in study

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When it comes to auto safety, bigger is still better. A record number of large and midsize cars have scored precedent-setting zero driver death rates in a new study.

Large and midsize vehicles had vastly fewer driver deaths than small and mini cars, according to a comprehensive study just released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. ...Read more

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