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2 Dead, Three Critically Injured in Charter Bus Crash at Miami Airport

December 5, 2012

2 Dead, Three Critically Injured in Charter Bus Crash at Miami Airport

Two passengers were killed and three critically injured when a too-tall charter bus smashed into the bottom of a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport. The bus driver drove into the overpass, despite three large yellow signs warning of overpass vehicle height requirements. One of the signs reads: “High Vehicle STOP Turn Left.” Despite the…

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December 4, 2012

Judge Orders Big Tobacco to Admit Deception

A federal judge has ruled that tobacco companies must admit in product warnings that they deceived the public about smoking dangers and manipulated tobacco products to make them more addictive. The U.S. District Judge in Washington had ruled in 2006 that tobacco companies violated federal racketeering laws by scheming to deceive the public for decades…

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December 3, 2012

Gainesville Pays $200,000 to Man Injured by RTS Bus

Through a recent settlement, the city of Gainesville will pay $200,000 to a man who was seriously injured in an accident with a Regional Transit System (RTS) bus in November 2011. According to the Gainesville Sun, the man was a doctoral student at the University of Florida and was riding his bicycle across campus when…

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November 26, 2012

Florida Veteran Awarded $1.25 Million in Colonoscopy Lawsuit

A Florida Air Force veteran, who sued the U.S. government after claiming that he contracted hepatitis C after a colonoscopy procedure at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center, has been awarded $1.25 million by a U.S. District Court judge. The judge, in a non-jury trial, ruled that the veteran had most likely contracted hepatitis during…

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November 21, 2012

Study Claims Taking Antidepressants during Pregnancy Carries Risks

A new scientific review is claiming that women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) while pregnant may have a greater risk of pregnancy complications. Those complications can include birth defects, miscarriage, and pre-term birth, as well as more long-term problems such as autism. While some in the mental health field have panned the study,…

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November 20, 2012

Seminole County Couple Sues, Claims Product Caused Infant’s Death

The parents of a premature infant who died soon after being discharged from the hospital are suing the hospital and the manufacturer of the thickening product SimplyThick, claiming that the product was defective and caused his death. The baby was born at 27 weeks and spent the first few months of his life at Florida…

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November 19, 2012

Pharmaceutical Giant to Pay $90 Million in Avandia Settlement

GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay 38 states $90 million in fines for downplaying the risks of stroke and heart attacks associated with its diabetes drug, Avandia. The drug manufacturer was accused of suppressing data that the type 2 diabetes drug could elevate the risk of heart attack by 43 percent and could double the risk…

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November 15, 2012

Pinellas Park Man Tasered While Trying to Save His Home from Fire

A 42-year-old Pinellas Park man who had grabbed a garden hose and was attempting to douse a fire that was moving close to his property, was allegedly tasered by police for not complying with their orders to back away from the fire. According to the man, he was fighting a fire that was creeping from…

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