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Alec Baldwin Bullet Sent to FBI Crime Lab, Sheriff Says

New Mexico authorities are asking the FBI to analyze the bullet fired by actor Alec Baldwin that killed a cinematographer on the set of his film last week. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said at a press conference Wednesday …

New York AG Urges U.S. FDA to Take Action on Baby Food Safety Standards

WASHINGTON — New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action to set uniform standards related to toxic metals across all baby foods. James called on the FDA to follow …

Regulators Ignored Workers’ COVID-19 Safety Complaints Amid Deadly Outbreaks

Miguel Cabezola, a driver for United Parcel Service Inc in Tucson, Arizona, complained on March 27 to U.S. workplace safety regulators, alleging the company was taking a lax approach to social distancing, sanitizing equipment and quarantining workers with COVID-19 symptoms. …

Semi-Automated Driving Systems: Not All Are ‘Hands Free’

DETROIT — Autopilot, ProPilot, CoPilot: Automakers have many names for new systems that allow for hands-free driving, but no safety or performance standards to follow as they roll out the most significant changes to vehicle technology in a generation. Spurred …

M&A Legend Martin Lipton Warns of Coming Virus Lawsuit Wave

A push by Republicans in Congress to create stronger liability protections for businesses hammered by the Covid-19 virus won’t completely curb lawsuits over injuries and losses caused by the pandemic, famed M&A litigator Martin Lipton said. Speaking to the Economic …

World’s Mine Workers Resist Quick Restart Amid Coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG/LIMA — As mining heavyweights South Africa and Peru move to lift coronavirus lockdowns, workers in deep mines are resisting going back to work without adequate protective gear and information about cases at sites, with one major union filing legal …

New Rules for Nuclear Plant Workers: 12-Hour Days for Two Weeks Straight

Nuclear power plants can now implement longer shifts for workers and delay some inspections, raising concerns that as the coronavirus pandemic upends basic operations the industry may be bending the rules too far. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is already allowing …

FAA’s Oversight of Southwest Airlines Slammed by Watchdog

The U.S. government’s oversight of airline safety was roundly criticized in a government watchdog report that found Southwest Airlines Co. was allowed to make more than 150,000 flights carrying 17.2 million passengers that didn’t meet safety standards. The airline regularly …

Boat Safety Law Proposed After California Fire Killed 34

LOS ANGELES — A group of California congressional members have proposed tighter safety standards for small boats after a diving charter vessel burned and sank in September, killing 34 people. Only five people — the captain and four crew members …

Public Consultation Launched on Global Tailings Dam Standards

LONDON — A six-week public consultation launched on Friday will help set global standards to improve mining safety, aiming to prevent any repeat of the Vale tailings dam disaster in Brazil that killed 300 people in January. Tailings dams are …