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What is the future of red-light cameras?
By Danielle Wegert
Did you know that on average two people die every day in the United States as a result of crashes from running red lights? Did you know half of these deaths were the victims of the traffic violations? In an attempt to decrease these statistics — and many others — companies have been focusing on creating technology and programs to assist law enforcement officials. The result has been a sharp increase in the use of red-light and speed cameras throughout the U.S. Yet a simple question remains: Are these cameras effective?
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Philadelphia Amtrak crash: 5 key questions still unanswered
NBC News
The investigation into the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, which killed at least seven people and injured more than 200, enters its second full day Thursday. Here are some key questions still unanswered in the crash.
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Oil industry asks court to block rail transport safety rules
The New York Times
The oil industry is challenging new federal rules intended to improve the safety of oil-by-train transportation, opening the first legal fight in a two-year effort to reduce the risks of moving hazardous materials on railroads.
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Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations
Hartford Courant
A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called synthetic marijuana illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.
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5 reasons natural disasters are worse for women
ThinkProgress
Although they level widespread and often inescapable destruction, natural disasters do not affect all people equally. More marginalized populations — including women — tend to be disproportionately negatively impacted when calamities like hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes strike.
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Defective GM ignition switch death toll rises to 100
Claims Journal
The families of at least 100 people who died in crashes caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches will be offered compensation by the company.
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Miserable commutes: The 10 worst cities for drivers in 2015
Property Casualty 360
Traffic jams, road construction, bad weather, lack of parking, cost of gas, likelihood of an accident, and even the cost of vehicle ownership can all contribute to numerous everyday challenges for drivers. NerdWallet has analyzed driving conditions, time spent driving and insurance costs to rank the worst cities in the United States for drivers on the road.
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Americans face an irreversible rollback in chemical safety with S. 697
The Hill
Nearly 40 years ago, Congress recognized the need to protect the public from toxic chemicals and passed the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate industrial chemicals. Unfortunately, TSCA has been failed miserably.
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Will the National Flood Insurance Program be overhauled?
Emergency Management
Lawmakers and federal officials trying to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program are considering dismantling a sprawling system that relies on more than 80 separate companies to sell policies, collect premiums and calculate damages after disasters.
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What pension rulings in Illinois and Oregon could mean for states
Governing
Twice in two weeks, courts struck down state attempts to cut pension benefits of state employees and retirees, a development that indicates just how hard it is for states to solve budget problems by slashing public pensions.
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FDA propose to lift ban on blood donation for gay, bisexual men
Medical News Today
The ban was enforced in 1983 in the wake of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the US, restricting all men who have had sex with other men since 1977 from donating blood due to their increased risk of HIV transmission.
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Humans at fault in self-driving car crashes
Los Angeles Times
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be human drivers. Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have crashed.
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Questioning the safety of synthetic turf
NECN
No one knows what 17-year-old Chelsea Cohen would have been. The Stratford, Connecticut, teenager died after a hard fought battle with a rare type of cancer in her nervous system. Seven years later, her best friend Talia Babel was diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer. Babel, Cohen and another teammate, three girls on an elite travel soccer team diagnosed with cancer. Babel could not help but think of Cohen's mom's fear that the synthetic turf they played on for years could have been a factor.
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