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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 …

Senegal to Close Islamic Schools After Fatal Fire

Senegal’s president says the government will close all Islamic schools that do not meet basic safety standards, after nine children in a Quranic school died in a fire Sunday. Senegalese President Macky Sall said the young students, aged seven to …

Audit: Restaurant Inspections Don’t Ensure Safety

A new audit says Louisiana’s Office of Public Health has fallen short in its inspections of restaurants and other retail establishments that serve food, failing to ensure the meals are safe. The audit says the state issued permits to restaurants …

Report: Many Day Cares Don’t Meet Safety Standards

Almost 2,500 day care programs in Georgia have failed to meet the state’s standards for children’s health and safety at least once in the past four years, according to an analysis of internal records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The …

FDNY Inspector Accused of Accepting Bribes, Ignoring Violations

Authorities say a New York City Fire Department inspector is accused of accepting bribes from day care centers in exchange for certifying that they complied with safety standards. FDNY Supervising Inspector Carlos Montoya was arrested on charges he played a …

Chevron Puerto Rico to Pay $600,000 Penalty

Chevron Puerto Rico has agreed to improve safety standards at approximately 100 underground storage tank facilities that had been cited for leakage violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The agency said the company will pay a $600,000 penalty …