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The Dangerous Train Flaws that put Lives in Danger

LOS ANGELES – Defective parts may have contributed to the Feb. 24 train accident in the Los Angeles suburb of Oxnard that killed one and injured more than 30 others. Two couplers and a cowcatcher were listed as ‘flawed parts,’ according to a confidential Metrolink report. The crash is...

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Preparing for Weather – Whatever it May Be

LOS ANGELES – If you live in the northeast or on the Pacific coast, you could be in for a shocking surprise this month. Folks in the northeast could experience record snowfall (the lack of snow) – places like Buffalo and Rochester haven’t measured a trace of snow so...

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Legal Action Forced Soccer Concussion Protocols

SAN DIEGO – After possibly thousands of concussions and many careers cut short, U.S. Soccer implemented a new protocol last week that aims to curb concussions. The United States Soccer Federation developed a plan that would eliminate ‘heading’ the ball for children 10 years old and younger. The new...

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Shigella Outbreak Linked to Restaurant

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You could be at risk of contracting a ‘ballooning’ bacterial illness if you visited Marisco’s Mexican seafood restaurant in California, health officials said. More than 100 people across the Golden State have been sickened by a shigella outbreak – forcing the state to shut down...

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Safely Driving With Pets

SAN DIEGO – Pets now play a central role in the lives of millions of Americans. It’s estimated that nearly 60 percent of American pet owners travel with their beloved furry friends and one-fifth admit to traveling with a pet on their lap. To assess an animal’s security in...

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September Showers Cause Traffic Chaos

LOS ANGELES – Although the following stories come from a recent Southern Californian storm, rain can cause severe traffic problems anywhere in the country. From New York to Florida, Texas to the Pacific Northwest, rain is the most dangerous weather for drivers. Those of you in Buffalo may think...

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Safety Improvements Get Greenlight on Deadly Highway

LOS ANGELES – It hugs the Pacific coastline for over 655 miles between Dana Point in Orange County (CA) and Leggett in Mendocino County. California’s State Route 1 is recognized throughout the world as one of the most scenic and celebrated strips of asphalt but one particular section of...

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$30 Million Project to Study Concussions

LOS ANGELES – Football players at UCLA hit the practice field equipped with new technology. Nearly 30 players will wear helmets that can accurately tell school researchers where and how hard a player was hit. The testing is already getting valuable results. Dr. John DiFiori, head physician at UCLA...

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Bill Takes Aim on Wrong-Way Drivers

LOS ANGELES – Wrong-way drivers are a growing problem on American highways. On the Pacific Coast freeways, California Highway Patrol counted 1,500 wrong-way crashes since 2001 that resulted in almost 1,700 people being injured by wrong way driver s, and at least 270 more killed. Assembly Bill 162, sponsored...

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Daylight Saving Time Can Make Drowsy Drivers

OAKLAND, Calif. – Just one hour of lost sleep is all it takes to set off a chain reaction of dangerous events on the road, Oakland car accident attorneys said, and there’s a study to back it up. Researchers at the University of British Columbia found the number of...

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