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Will Congress roll over on auto safety? Major changes attached to Senate highway bill in limbo

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WASHINGTON -- Congress' ability to make broad auto safety policy changes in the 114th Congress could largely depend on whether both chambers can agree to a long-term highway bill.

That's historically been the place for sweeping changes to federal auto safety regulations, but partisan disagreement has so far left a considerable amount of ...Read more

With accidents aplenty on the Pacific Coast Highway, safety improvements get the OK

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LOS ANGELES -- One of the world's most scenic and celebrated ribbons of asphalt, Pacific Coast Highway has served as mood-setting backdrop to films and TV shows and inspired lyrics by artists of such diverse sensibilities as the Beach Boys, Jaden Smith and Hole.

For 21 miles northwest of L.A., the fragmented, 650-mile road becomes the city of ...Read more

Pet Vet: Hound's blue-tinged eyes a sign of vision problems

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Alan has a 9-year-old Basset hound named Hank who seems to be having trouble seeing. Over the past three months or so Hank seems tentative when walking, especially in unfamiliar areas. The problem seems worse at night. When Alan has looked at Hank's eyes, he has noticed a blue color and wondered if this might be a cataract.

Alan, I thank you ...Read more

Pet Vet: Macaw owner wonders about having his wings clipped

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Amanda is the proud caretaker of Ollie, a 5-month-old blue and gold macaw that she has raised from the egg. Ollie is doing very well with free range of Amanda's home, though I suspect Ollie would refer to it as his home.

Amanda has allowed Ollie to fly inside the house, but she is concerned that as he becomes more adept at doing so, he might ...Read more

Pet Vet: Battling pet obesity not a 'lite' food issue

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Kyle from Modesto, Calif., writes in to express some frustration as he attempts to get some pounds off his dog, AJ.

AJ is an 8-year-old basset hound who has become quite overweight. Kyle had AJ neutered about 18 months ago, and it seems AJ has gotten heavier ever since. Even with the use of a "lite" formula diet, AJ has continued to put on ...Read more

Pet Vet: Cat sent outside because of spraying

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Today we are going to deal with a problem I believe to be fairly common among those of us who associate with feline companions. The subject is urine spraying.

When I use the term "urine spraying," I am specifically referring to the actual spraying of urine from a standing position usually aimed at a particular target. There are also situations ...Read more

Pet Vet: Heatworm disease is far easier to prevent than to treat

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Today we are going to return to a subject we have discussed here in the past, spawned by a question from Kevin. Even though the question is the same as one answered before, perhaps, that answer might have changed.

Kevin lives in Modesto, Calif., and wants to know whether or not he should put/ keep his dog Rondo on heart worm preventative. Some ...Read more

Pet Vet: Bee sting causes allergic reaction in dog

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Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming and the air is warming. The sights and sounds and smells of this great time of year are all around, and one of those sounds is buzzing. Apparently, Woody is quite attracted to that buzzing sound, and that attraction proved to be a bit of a problem.

As I suspect you have surmised, the buzzing ...Read more

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