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Why this state thinks engineers can save pedestrians' lives

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WASHINGTON -- In August 2017, Alexis Dale moved from San Diego to South Florida to attend Florida International University, trading one coastal paradise for another.

Two months later, while crossing an eight-lane road near campus at 3 a.m., she was struck by a car and thrown to the side of the road. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. ...Read more

Nursing home neglect in California brought to light

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LOS ANGELES -- California health regulators have allowed poor care to proliferate at nursing homes around the state, and the number of incidents that could cause serious injury or death has increased significantly in recent years, according to a stinging state audit released this week.

The state auditor singled out the California Department of ...Read more

After high-profile blunders with pets on planes, airlines launch safety program

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Reeling from a string of high-profile mishaps involving pets, the airline industry is launching a new certification program designed to improve the safety of animal passengers.

The International Air Transport Association, a trade organization representing 280 airlines, announced the program Thursday. It takes into account both physical and ...Read more

Fewer deaths, but more recalls of children's products, report finds

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CHICAGO--There were fewer incidents, injuries and deaths caused by children's products last year, yet the number of products recalled rose, consumer advocates said Tuesday.

In 2017, 93 children's products were recalled -- a 22 percent increase over 2016, according to a report from Chicago-based children's advocacy group Kids in Danger.

No ...Read more

Are robot cars safer? Only one way to find out

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SAN FRANCISCO -- As long as robot cars roam public streets and highways, they will occasionally kill people. That's an ugly truth that no one in the driverless vehicle industry can deny.

Will those robot cars kill people at significantly lower rates than drunk, stoned, tired or distracted human drivers do now? Automakers, technology companies, ...Read more

Parkland survivors discuss gun control

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Frustration resounded in the voices of many who attended a gun-violence panel discussion hosted by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Monday morning in her Sunrise office.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. I had to hide behind desks and hold the hands of my classmates, shaking and praying, hearing the gunshots outside ...Read more

After 10 years, $3 billion and several deaths, railways set to miss safety deadline — again

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WASHINGTON -- Better late than never. But still not enough.

A major U.S. rail transportation watchdog said Thursday that progress on rail safety is welcomed albeit tardy by years.

"My boss worked in aviation for years, and he's been scratching his head at how this industry functions with the government," said Sean Jeans-Gail, vice president of...Read more


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