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'Safer' Train Car Design Could Save Lives

February 26, 2015 9:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. secretary of transportation stood at the site of a horrendous commuter train crash near downtown Los Angeles and called for the adoption of a new train car design that testing showed could blunt the tremendous force of a head-on collision.

Political Battle Slowing New York's Subways

February 26, 2015 8:49 am | News | Comments

 It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and...

Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the...

Connecticut Taxpayers May Have to Wait on Refunds While State Weeds Out Fraudulent Returns

February 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Singer, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Some Connecticut taxpayers might receive income tax refunds a few weeks later than expected as...

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Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has begun as work continues to remove the overturned tank cars from the site, federal officials said.  A fire sparked by the Feb. 16 derailment in Mount Carbon prevented investigators from gaining full access to the crash scene until this weekend.

Reactor to be Inspected After Construction Damage

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A special inspection is underway after damage to a nuclear reactor under construction in South Carolina, federal regulators said.  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its representatives are launching a special inspection this week at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station near Jenkinsville, about 25 miles northwest of Columbia.

New Mexico, U.S. Energy Department Continue to Spar Over $54 Million in Fines

February 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 New Mexico's top environment officials and the U.S. Energy Department are wrangling over more than $54 million in fines levied in the wake of a radiological leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository.  Because negotiations with the federal government are ongoing, officials said the total penalties that could be assessed remains unclear.

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Family of Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse Sues Ohio DOT

February 12, 2015 9:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The parents of a worker killed when a highway overpass collapsed have sued Ohio's Department of Transportation, charging negligence and carelessness.  The lawsuit charges that the department was negligent and breached its duty by allowing improper and unsafe conditions at the site for work.

Chemical Plant Explodes Ukraine

February 9, 2015 4:00 pm | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion rocked a chemical plant and set it on fire outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Rebels said the plant was hit by government shelling.  No casualties or damage were immediately reported from the blast, which could be heard in downtown Donetsk. The city lies in the middle of Ukraine's industrial heartland and explosions like this have long been feared.

European Union, Polish Leaders Discuss Energy Plan

February 3, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union energy commissioner and Polish leaders discussed plans for an EU energy union aimed at greater security at a time of troubled ties with major gas supplier Russia.  Poland, dependent on Russia for some 60 percent of its gas, is urging greater EU energy security through steps like joint gas purchases, sharing of resources and lesser dependence on imports.

Judge's Decision in BP Trial Still Months Away

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. 

Train Derailments Raise New Concerns for Regulators

February 3, 2015 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Metro-North derailments in New York have renewed concerns among federal regulators over the commuter railroad's focus on safety.  No one was injured after trains left the tracks at Grand Central Terminal and White Plains, New York. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating.

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Collapsed Overpass Shuts Down Major Ohio Highway

January 20, 2015 11:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

A collapsed overpass covered southbound lanes of Interstate 75 with hundreds of tons of concrete and steel, following a construction accident that killed a worker and injured a truck driver.  The Ohio Department of Transportation said the busy artery through downtown Cincinnati will be closed at least two to three days.

Airlines Will be Required to Collect, Analyze Safety Data

January 9, 2015 9:28 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. government rules will require airlines to collect and analyze safety data in an effort to spot troubling trends and help prevent accidents.  The Federal Aviation Administration said the causes of 123 accidents between 2001 and 2010 could have been identified beforehand if airlines had safety management systems in place.

Municipalities Near Nuclear Plant Upset with Sendai Owners

January 6, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how a utility company in southwestern Japan went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its nuclear reactors, a Kyodo News poll showed.

Exxon Mobil Does Not Want to Release Information About Pipeline

January 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil said it shouldn't have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas.  The company is facing a class-action lawsuit by landowners after the pipeline spilled more than 200,000 gallons of oil in a Mayflower subdivision.

Three Workers Die After Inhaling Toxic Gas

December 26, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.

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Snow Shuts Down Air Traffic in Moscow

December 26, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive snowstorm in Moscow  caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.  None of Moscow's three airports have been closed, but all three were hit with severe delays, including more than a hundred flights being delayed from Domodedovo south of the city.

'Mountains of Debris' From 2004 Tsunami Reused, Washed Out to Sea

December 22, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.  Driving in the remade communities today, it's easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it was simply washed out to sea.

Collapse Kills 13 in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

FBI Affidavit Says Former Freedom Industries President Lied About Role in Chemical Spill

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In bankruptcy court hearings and meetings, former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern repeatedly said he had little to do with the company before it was sold a few weeks prior to the January chemical spill. But an FBI affidavit said Southern had overseen day-to-day operations at the chemical storage company, hired employees and executed contracts for several years, according to a complaint.

Boxer Upset with Federal Regulators over Nuclear Plant Safety Standards

December 5, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal regulators have been too slow and lax when it comes to ensuring the safety of California's last operating nuclear plant, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who clashed repeatedly with members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

Decades After Disaster, City in India Mourns Disaster

December 3, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.  Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims.

Lack of Indictment in Ferguson Leads to More Protests

December 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Police Detain Six People as Protests Intensify in Hong Kong

November 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as a small group of activists clashed with police while trying to break into the city's legislature.  Police detained six people in the overnight clashes and warned of more arrests. The scuffles came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades from a small section of a nearby site occupied by pro-democracy activists.

BP Trying to Oust Juneau With Lawsuit

November 19, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of interest.

Former Massey CEO Blankenship Indicted

November 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facing criminal charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades, ex-coal baron Don Blankenship has fallen silent for the first time in a while.  A gag order issued shortly after the 43-page indictment this week means Blankenship will have to hit pause on the defiant public relations campaign he's waged since the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Safe America Foundation | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.

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