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Google spinoff Waymo sees huge jump in self-driving safety, CEO says

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Self-driving cars from Google spinoff Waymo have become far more capable of handling roadway hazards over the past year, with incidents of human backup drivers having to take control plunging 400 percent.

That's according to Waymo CEO John Krafcik, who also announced that the firm has dramatically cut the cost of its self-...Read more

Washington University study raises questions about current welding safety standards

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ST. LOUIS -- Current safety standards to protect welders from harmful fumes may be inadequate, a new study by Washington University, St. Louis, researchers finds.

The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal Neurology, examined the long-term effects of airborne manganese on welders and found that symptoms associated with parkinsonism -...Read more

Pet Vet: Cat's hard stool could signal problem with colon function

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I have received several emails -- four, actually -- that have a common theme: cats and their common problem, which concerns their bowel movements. We'll discuss a cat named Dolly, but all four have a similar scenario.

Dolly is 7 years old, female long-haired calico that, according to Sandy, spends most of her time indoors. About three years ago...Read more

Pet Vet: Dog's heart murmur doesn't necessarily mean heart disease

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I received a letter from Andrea concerning her 1-year-old Rottweiler named Roxanne. It seems Roxanne has a heart murmur and Andrea wants to have her spayed. She has been cautioned that Roxanne, because of her heart condition, may not be able to handle an anesthetic procedure and Andrea is concerned.

In discussing this case, I think it is ...Read more

Pet Vet: Cat's stinky breath could be sign of gingivitis caused by dental disease

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Bad breath, or halitosis, occurs quite commonly in our companions. This is especially true with dogs and cats and most commonly is due to dental disease. There are cases, however, that are not caused by primary dental disease but instead have other underlying processes.

Halitosis is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and produce a foul ...Read more

Oakland concert venue 'was a tinderbox'

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OAKLAND, Calif.--The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen.

People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of rooms crammed with belongings -- ...Read more

Lax ambulance rules put paramedics, patients at risk

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WASHINGTON -- When an ambulance driver using her phone's GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured.

The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, and the ...Read more

Pet Vet: Doggone it! These pet anxiety-reducing meds really stress out owner

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, pet owners across the country are preparing to travel to destinations near and far.

While some owners will kennel their beloved fur babies when they go out of town for the holidays, some brave souls will make the choice to travel with their precious dog or cat in tow. Of course, the key to ...Read more

Pet Vet: Dog's facial swelling could be caused by tooth root abscess

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Lacey is a 6-year-old female Pomeranian dog who, according to caretaker Kara, runs the household. I would bet there are a lot of us out there who might say the same thing about our companions. Lacey spends most of her time indoors, but is allowed access into the backyard and goes on regular leash walks with Karen.

Over the past couple of months...Read more

Pet Vet: Readers fear feral cats threaten health of companion cats

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I have received two letters recently that deal with the same subject. Both Carol and Stacey are cat lovers and each has two cats that live predominately indoors.

Stacey has a well-enclosed back yard that she allows her two felines to visit, but otherwise they spend their time inside. All four cats are fully vaccinated, according to their ...Read more

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