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NYPD: Woman Struck and Killed by Bus in Lower Manhattan

A federal court clerk from Melville who excelled at law and friendship, winning the love and admiration of her colleagues and professors, died after being struck by a private bus Thursday evening in lower Manhattan, officials said. The driver, Xi Chen, 50, of Manhattan, remained at the scene, and was arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and exercise due care, according to the NYPD. Kimberly Greer, 28, was hit while trying to cross Leonard Street in a marked crosswalk about 7:30 p.m., according to police. The court complaint states that video surveillance shows Greer was walking across the street while the pedestrian signal...

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FDA Warns Against Teething Necklaces, Bracelets Over Choking, Strangulation Concerns

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents not to give their children teething necklaces or bracelets that are commonly used to relieve pain or provide sensory stimulation. The FDA made the announcement Thursday, saying it has received reports of death and serious injuries caused by the teething jewelry, including strangulation and choking. In one case, the FDA says an 18-month-old  boy was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap. The products in question are produced and sold by a large number of manufacturers and individuals. The beads of the products may be made with various materials such as...

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Medical Malpractice, Sex With Patients and Misconduct: What to Know About Your Doctor

Some New York doctors accused of unprofessional conduct in other states are practicing without a blemish on their records, exposing patients to harm. That’s one of the many findings of a USA TODAY Network investigation of more than 250 doctors across the country who surrendered their licenses in one state to protect their reputations and relocate to another state. The probe comes after The Journal News/lohud exposed flaws in state physician records in New York, as well as concerns about regulators showing clemency to doctors to ensure they keep practicing medicine. What follows are tips for patients who want to learn more about their doctors, along...

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Man Decapitated Falling Onto Manhattan Subway tracks While Walking Between Cars

A man fell to the the tracks at a Manhattan subway stop and was struck and killed after trying to walk between the train cars. An unidentified 25-year-old man was hit by a southbound 2 train and pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Daily News reports. The fatal accident happened before 11pm at Chelsea station at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue on Wednesday night. Southbound 1 and 2 trains have been diverted to traveling express due to the disruption from the accident, the New York City Transit Twitter account posted. By Michael Nam [DailyMail]...

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82-Year-Old Man With Dementia In Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash On LI

An 82-year-old man with dementia is in critical condition after a wrong-way crash on Long Island. Police said Burgess Moore, of New Britain, Connecticut, was reported missing shortly before the wreck. Investigators say he drove his Subaru Legacy north on the southbound lanes of the Wantagh State Parkway, crashing head-on into a Toyota Rav 4, driven by a 48-year-old man from Long Beach, police said. A Saturn Vue, driven by a 20-year-old Levittown man, then struck the other two vehicles, police said. Moore suffers from dementia, yet he has a valid driver’s license. Experts say it’s not that uncommon. “There’s a provision within the Department...

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Lead in Toy Jewelry Prompts Lawsuit Against Target, Walmart and Importer

Two of the nation’s largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children’s toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in the lawsuit filed in an Albany court Thursday that Walmart, Target and Randolph, New Jersey-based LaRose Industries, importer of the “Cra-Z-Jewelz” jewelry-making kits, “committed thousands of violations” of state laws regulating the safety of children’s toys sold in New York. Underwood, a Democrat, said tests the attorney general’s office conducted on kits purchased across the state in 2015 and ’16 found that...

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Driverless Industry Surges Forward While Hill Hiccups on Regulation

Sen. John Thune was test-driving a car of the future when he ran into a very 20th-century problem: traffic. In 2016, Washington’s local laws forced Thune’s autonomous-capable Chrysler sedan to motor into neighboring Virginia before it could show off the no-hands navigation. That’s where the South Dakota Republican got stuck in a tide of commuters. “Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic jams,” he said. Thune was an early advocate for autonomous vehicles, but his experience among a fleet giving Congress test rides that day is a good example of why Capitol Hill needs to set uniform standards for driverless cars before the technology...

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5 Convicted, 1 Acquitted in Nationwide Meningitis Outbreak Case

Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses. A Boston jury acquitted another employee, pharmacist Joseph Evanosky, of all charges after several days of deliberations. The defendants were among 14 people charged in 2014 following an investigation into the outbreak, which sickened almost 800 people. The CDC put the death toll at 64 as of October 2013. Federal prosecutors say more than 100 people have now died. The outbreak was blamed on contaminated injections of medical steroids made at...

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J&J Starts Settling Suits Over Pinnacle Hip Defect Claims

Johnson & Johnson has begun settling consumers’ claims that it sold artificial hips knowing they were defective, marking the first settlements in the seven-year-old litigation. A federal judge in Texas overseeing the cases said about 3,300 of 10,000 “have settled or are in the process of settling,’’ according to a Dec. 9 court filing. Terms of the accords weren’t made public. Johnson & Johnson has begun settling consumers’ claims that it sold artificial hips knowing they were defective, marking the first settlements in the seven-year-old litigation. A federal judge in Texas overseeing the cases said about 3,300 of 10,000 “have settled or are in the...

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Companies Settle With Paralyzed Oilfield Worker for $44M

An oilfield worker who was rendered quadriplegic after a light fixture improperly attached to an oil derrick fell more than 100 feet onto his head has settled his claims against five companies for a total of $44 million. The multimillion-dollar award is meant to compensate the injured plaintiff, James Burgess, and his wife, Kay Sharon Burgess, who live in rural Texas. The case, which was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, came to a settlement after two days of mediation before retired federal magistrate Judge Diane Welsh. “Mrs. Burgess’s loss of consortium claim was probably the most significant consortium claim...

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