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Bounce house accidents raising questions about safety concerns
WPEC-TV
Recent footage of a bounce house being tossed across a Fort Lauderdale Beach has raised questions about safety concerns within an industry that isn't regulated in Florida. Luckily, all three of the children inside were not seriously injured, one parent saying he was frightened to see the bounce house blow away with his child inside.
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Experts: Lassa fever carries little risk to public
The New York Times
The report that a man who traveled from Liberia to New Jersey had died from the viral illness Lassa fever is another reminder that infectious diseases can hop continents and elude detection by health care workers who do not know a patient's travel history.
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Public health expert: US isn't prepared for a disease outbreak
Emergency Management
Public health expert Dr. Michael Osterholm told a St. Cloud, Minnesota, audience that Stearns County is at the epicenter of a major infectious disease outbreak that's evidence of how unprepared the world is to deal with a global pandemic.
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Texas, Oklahoma flash floods destroy hundreds of homes
Claims Journal
Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water. And the body of a man was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities in Texas said.
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Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers
Los Angeles Times
It's a technology with the potential to ease California's colossal thirst and insulate millions from the parched whims of Mother Nature, experts say. But there's just one problem — the "yuck factor." As a fourth year of drought continues to drain aquifers and reservoirs, California water managers and environmentalists are urging adoption of a polarizing water recycling policy known as direct potable reuse.
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Safety gets the shaft: More than 1 in 5 elevators in state lack inspection
Boston Herald
At least 1 in every 5 elevators in Massachusetts, or more than 8,500, have not had their yearly safety inspections as required by law, a Boston Herald review found — and one state watchdog says even those figures may be low-balling the problem.
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4 takeaways from new census population data on cities
Governing
The Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday, showing where cities stand in attracting and retaining residents. The latest estimates, current as of July 2014, cover all cities, towns and other subcounty jurisdictions.
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The 9 deadliest driving behaviors, by the numbers
Property Casualty 360
Deadly automobile accidents are a tragic daily occurrence across the United States. In 2013, 32,719 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Weed candy is sending more children to the hospital
By Denise A. Valenti
They look, smell and taste like our favorite candies, but marijuana candy edibles can be a real danger to children. The sweet confections are often packaged to appear like the popular treats with which toddlers and children are familiar. This appearance is not an accident — the marijuana candy products are designed to attract and entice the consumer. But when children ingest marijuana, the results can be serious and even life-threatening.
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