Workers Injured in Sacramento Crane Collapse

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Two workers were injured on the job, one seriously, after a crane set up to perform maintenance work on an amusement park ride collapsed. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred at a Scandia park in Sacramento, the afternoon of August 30, 2011. Officials say the two maintenance workers were in harnesses on top of the Scandia Screamer, a 165-foot-high rotating arm, when it fell over. The men were taking out the arm of the ride when the weight became too much for the crane and it tipped over onto a miniature golf course.
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Los Angeles Car Accident Proves Fatal for Man

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John Paul Giosa, 42, of North Hollywood, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after losing control of his vehicle and crashing. According to a City News Service report, the fatal car accident occurred on the northbound 405 Freeway in Westchester, early morning on August 28, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials say Giosa lost control of his 1998 Volkswagen Beetle. The car veered off the freeway near Howard Hughes Parkway and struck a concrete overpass pillar. Giosa died at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.
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Fiery Los Angeles Car Accident Claims Toddler’s Life

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A 2-year-old girl was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by an SUV. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal car accident occurred the evening of August 26, 2011 in the southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway near York Boulevard in Highland Park. California Highway Patrol officials say the girl was in a Nissan Altima that collided with a GMC Yukon SUV. The impact from the collision caused the Nissan to burst into flames.
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Porsche Recalls Sports Cars for Seatbelt Defects

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Porsche AG has issued an auto defect recall for 887 sports cars worldwide because the seatbelts in these vehicles may not work properly in the event of a crash. According to a Bloomberg News report, the recall, which includes 235 vehicles in the United States, includes models such as 911 Carrera, 911 GT3, 911 Speedster, 911 Targa, 911 Turbo, Boxster and Cayman. The voluntary recall came after the German auto maker found a supplier defect, which causes the seatbelt anchor plates to not rotate as intended. Porsche officials say the defect is the result of a “supplier’s short-term manufacturing problem.” So far, officials do not know of any accidents or injuries that were caused by these defects.
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California Company Recalls Dips over Food Poisoning Concerns

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California-based Fresh Food Concepts has recalled two kinds of dips over food poisoning concerns. According to news reports, the dips could be contaminated with the deadly listeria bacteria. Included in this recall are Rojo’s Ultimate 7-Layer Dip, 36-ounce size with a use-by date of Sept. 16, and Fresh Food Concepts 5-Layer Dip, 32-ounce size with a use-by date of Sept. 16. The listeria-contaminated dips were shipped out to several retail and wholesale outlets including Costco and Sam’s Club. So far, no illnesses have been reported. Officials are asking those who have these products in their homes to stop using them right away and discard them.
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Fatal Ford Explorer Crash in San Bernardino County

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Jose Luis Banuelos Acuna, 56, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after losing control of his Ford Explorer SUV, which crashed. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal car accident occurred on westbound Highway 60, near Milliken Avenue, in Ontario, the evening of August 21, 2011. Acuna was killed when the 1999 Ford Explorer veered out of control and struck a tree. Passengers who were injured in this crash include Evia Banuelos, 59, Dolores Castro Montoya, 79, and Amalia Castro Montoya. A 2-year-old child, who was properly restrained to a child seat, escaped uninjured. An investigation is ongoing.
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Two Killed in Chatsworth Car Accident

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George Williams Lopez, 29, and Jennifer Ramos, 23, were killed in a Los Angeles car accident after the vehicle in which they were traveling went out of control and crashed. According to a City News Service report, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Lassen Street, the early morning of August 21, 2011. Officials say Lopez, who was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion TC lost control of the vehicle at a bend in the road and crashed into a wooden utility pole. The vehicle continued northbound and hit several other stationary objects including a fire hydrant. Officials are looking into what caused this fatal crash.
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Fatal Side Effects Caused by Avandia Could Harm You or Your Loved One

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In 2000, a drug named Avandia entered the market for Type II diabetes. Since then the FDA has found links between the drug and dangerous side effects. Some of these side effects have been fatal for a number of victims who have used Avandia to treat their Type 2 diabetes.

What is Type II Diabetes?

Patients that have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes have a metabolism that doesn’t produce enough insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells. When your body does not have enough insulin, your doctor might prescribe a medication to help. There currently is no cure for Type II diabetes but it can be managed through prescription drugs.
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Irvine Woman Killed in San Bernardino Car Accident

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Kimqui Le Nguyen, 34, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after she lost control of her car and crashed. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred the morning of August 19, 2011 on Highway 330, near Highland Avenue, in Highland. California Highway Patrol officials say Nguyen was driving a Mazda MX6 car north on the highway, when she lost control of the vehicle, swerved across double yellow lines and then overcorrected, before going over a dirt embankment. The vehicle fell 175 feet to the bottom of the mountainside. Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.
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Federal Agency Investigates Mazda CX-9 for Brake Defects

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an auto defect investigation into Mazda’s CX-9 crossover vehicles, which were voted North American Truck of the Year in 2008. According to a news report in the Wall Street Journal, the agency says Mazda has sent data to its Office of Defects Investigation, which shows a high frequency of warranty claims and complaints regarding the brakes. These complaints apparently came in between 2008 and 2010. In most cases, the complaints involved leakage of brake fluid from the master cylinder onto the vacuum booster, which is part of the power braking system.
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