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U.S. Traffic Deaths Skyrocket After Coronavirus Lockdowns Expire

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WASHINGTON — U.S. traffic deaths jumped dramatically after coronavirus lockdowns ended in 2020, rising 13.1% in the three months ending Sept. 30 to the highest rate since 2005 despite a decline in driving, auto safety regulators said on Wednesday. In … Source: Claims Journal

U.S. Asks Tesla to Recall 158,000 Vehicles for Touchscreen Failures

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WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday asked Tesla Inc to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over media control unit (MCU) failures that could pose safety risks by leading to touchscreen displays not … Source: Claims Journal

Arizona Man Wrongfully Accused of Selling LSD Settles Suit

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has reached a settlement with the city of Flagstaff that includes a $75,000 payment. The parties filed a document in court Monday to dismiss … Source: Claims Journal

Northwest Storm Causes Wind Damage, Landslide, Power Outages

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SEATTLE (AP) — A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest leaving a trail of damage — including nearly blowing a semi off a bridge, a landslide and more than 500,000 people without power. Winds reached gusts 50-70 mph … Source: Claims Journal

Deadly Dallas House Explosion ‘Could Have Been Prevented’

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DALLAS (AP) — A natural gas explosion at a Dallas home that killed a 12-year-old girl came after an energy company failed to find a damaged line despite two nearby homes being destroyed in gas-related fires on the two previous … Source: Claims Journal

FAA Chief Orders ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Disruptive Airline Passengers, Possibly Jail

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order on Wednesday directing the agency to take a “zero tolerance policy” after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump were disruptive on some recent flights. Dickson told Reuters the … Source: Claims Journal

Safety Board: More Guidance Needed to Protect Firefighters From Electric Vehicle Fires

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Electric vehicle manufacturers should provide more specific information to first responders and tow truck drivers on how to cope with lithium-ion battery fires, which continuously reignite even after being doused with water, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a … Source: Claims Journal

Uber Appeals $59M California Fine Over Sexual Assault Data Request

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Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday appealed a $59 million fine by a California regulator in a dispute over whether the company should share detailed information on sexual assault and harassment claims reported on its ride-hailing platform. The California Public Utilities … Source: Claims Journal

Ship Insurers Primed to Raise Rates After Red Sea Attacks

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LONDON — Insurers are set to raise the cost of providing cover for merchant ships through the Red Sea after a series of incidents that have hit vessels around Saudi Arabian waters, industry sources said. The possibility of more attacks … Source: Claims Journal

Study: Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in US West

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as … Source: Claims Journal