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Lawsuit Filed Over Radiation From Mo. Landfill
A man from Bridgeton, Mo. has filed a lawsuit alleging that the West Lake Landfill near his home has been leaking radioactive materials to nearby properties. The lawsuit was filed after testing by the Missouri Coalition detected levels of radiation high enough to "warrant further analysis." The lawsuit alleges that the radiation has potential negative affects on the health of nearby residents and is seeking approval for class-action status to represent property owners within three miles of the landfill.
Blythe Bernhard, St. Louis Post Dispatch 04/11/2014
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Parents Sue School District Over Bus Driver Abuse Case
The Olympia School District in Washington is facing a lawsuit filed by three sets of parents who allege the school district did not do enough to investigate whether or not their children were molested by a bus driver. In 2011, the bus driver was convicted of assaulting three girls on his school bus and sent to jail. The lawsuit alleges that the children of the plaintiffs were also on the school bus and could have been molested by the driver, but the school district but did not properly investigate the matter.
Jeremy Pawloski, The Olympian 04/14/2014
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Calif. City Faces $10M Lawsuit Over 2 Shooting Deaths
A $10 million lawsuit has been filed against the city of Long Beach, California over the shooting deaths of two men by local police officers. The lawsuit was filed by the families of the two men and includes a list of complaints alleging the use of excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, false arrest and battery, among others. One of the men was shot as he exited his home and reached for something inside his waistband. The other man was shot after fleeing a traffic stop.
Greg Yee, Long Beach Press-Telegram 04/14/2014
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Herbalife Facing Investor Lawsuit Over 'Pyramid' Claims
Herbalife Ltd is facing a shareholder class action lawsuit accusing the multilevel-marketing company of failing to disclose to investors that its operations were based on a pyramid scheme. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, came three days after news emerged that the FBI was investigating the nutrition and weight loss company.
Nate Raymond, Reuters 04/15/2014
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Medical Devices for Kids are Often Only Tested on Adults
Most medical devices that have been recently approved for use in pediatrics weren't actually tested on kids first, according to a new study. Almost all of the devices had only been tested on people age 18 and older, researchers found. "Children are not simply 'small adults,' and a device found to be safe and effective in adults may have a very different safety and effectiveness profile when used in a pediatric population," said Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School research fellow Thomas J. Hwang, one of the study's authors.
Kathryn Doyle, Reuters, Yahoo News 04/15/2014
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Social Security Stops Trying to Collect on Old Debts by Seizing Tax Refunds
The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts to the government that are more than 10 years old. The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government was seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to the Social Security agency. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt, and the debts dated as far back as the middle of the past century.
Marc Fisher, The Washington Post 04/15/2014
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Heartbleed is About to Get Worse - It Will Slow the Internet to a Crawl
Efforts to fix the notorious Heartbleed bug threaten to cause major disruptions to the Internet over the next several weeks as companies scramble to repair encryption systems on hundreds of thousands of Web sites at the same time, security experts say. The sheer scale of the work required to fix this aspect of the bug — which makes it possible to steal the “security certificates” that verify that a Web site is authentic — could overwhelm the systems designed to keep the Internet trustworthy.
Brian Fung (blog), The Washington Post 04/15/2014
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State Fire Marshal Suggests New Rules on Storage of Ammonium Nitrate
The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent a repeat of the deadly explosion that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West. He proposed to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee that similar facilities be given three years to either install sprinkler systems or retrofit buildings with non-combustible materials.
PAUL J. WEBER, AP, Star Telegram 04/15/2014
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