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On March 10th, in Palo Alto County thousands of gallons of biofuel found its way to a nearby creek as spheres of flames also began to engulf the area. The area was in this condition because a mile-long train, consisting of 20 rail cars that was transporting ethanol derailed from their intended track. As a result of the derailment no one was injured, but now many are calling into question the older rail cars currently being used as well as the increased length of the trains, especially one carrying a dangerous fuel such as ethanol.

In 2013, a comparable accident took place in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. Unfortunately, this Canadian area was heavily populated in comparison to the Palo Alto County area of the March 10th derailment. As a result of the 2013 crash, 47 individuals lost their lives when a train carry crude oil exploded in the heavily populated Quebec area.

The most recent March 10th derailment reminds the public of just how dangerous these mile-long freight trains carrying explosive matter, such as ethanol, can be. The costs of shipping are able to be cut down drastically through the use of these elongated “rolling pipelines” freight trains. Although, the issue is that the length of the trains as well as the type of rail cars being used may actually be more harmful when a crash or derailment takes place. This is in large part because these rail cars do not have added safety measurements of the newer rail cars because they are outdated.

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Recently, a federal court has unsealed documents that cast a dark shadow on the research and safety practices of the chemical company Monsanto. Monsanto’s primary product is Roundup, which is currently being used from large farms to everyday home gardens across the world in order to help kill weeds.

For many years, the use of this product was thought to be moderately safe. Although, recent events in federal court have led the court to the findings of an international panel that claimed the use of the weed killer Roundup, due to its key ingredient glyphosate, may be linked to causing cancer.

The documents were unsealed by Judge Vince Chhabria. He is presiding over a current matter in court where an individual has claimed that their exposure to glyphosate caused the development of their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is commonly marketed in the United States as a blood-thinner generally prescribed to combat blood clots. Although, the serious nature of the side effects caused by Xarelto are leading to a staggering number of lawsuits.

Current and former users and their families are claiming that the risks and side effects of Xarelto were not made clear when they were prescribed the drug. Also, those who have used Xarelto are alleging that they were not properly warned about the negative effects of Xarelto prior to their usage of the drug.

Those bringing suit found that the drug caused them to suffer from harmful side effect(s) due to their consumption of the drug. Xarelto side effects may include, but are not limited to:

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Biloxi, Mississippi was the scene of a gruesome collision between a charter bus and a CSX freight train on the morning of March 7. As a result of this accident, four individuals passed away during the collision, as confirmed by the local coroner’s office. Additionally, more than 35 passengers were injured and were hospitalized as a result of their injuries.

The total number of passengers on the character bus, during the collision, was around 50. The majority of the passengers were elderly individuals from Bastrop Senior Center, located near Austin, Texas. It has been reported that the charter bus was heading towards the Boomtown Casino as a part of their casino charter trip.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller addressed this matter at a press conference. Miller explained the crash as a “terrible, chaotic scene.” He was also quick to add that the Biloxi police department was doing all that it could in order to assist those passengers of the bus.

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On Friday, a St. Louis jury chose to reject a woman’s claim that Johnson & Johnson baby powder played a role in her cancer diagnosis.

Nora Daniels, a 55-year-old woman from Tennessee, brought the unsuccessful claim against Johnson & Johnson. Daniels based her claim against the company around her usage of Johnson & Johnson baby powder from 1978 to 2013 in alleged connection with her cancer. Daniels stopped using the Johnson & Johnson powder product in 2013 when she was diagnosed with both ovarian and uterine cancer. As part of her treatment, she underwent a hysterectomy and was forced to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Also, Daniels made a claim that Johnson & Johnson refused to warm the public of the potential link between their product and major health concerns.

Before Friday’s decision, Johnson & Johnson had lost the previous three lawsuits brought against the company for similar types of claims regarding their talc powder products. The previous three decisions, also made by Missouri juries, awarded an overall amount just under $200 million. Last year, in those three previous judgments, plaintiffs and plaintiff’s families were awarded $55 million, $70 million and $72 million.

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On Tuesday, the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee is set to meet. The discussion of this meeting is centered around an Amtrak rail way line plan that would stretch through the state of Rhode Island’s southwest area as well as through Connecticut’s coastal eastern territory. Ultimately, the Rhode Island senators will listen to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) proposed recommendations for the new rail route at this meeting.

The FRA’s proposal will be presented by Doug Gascon, who currently serves as a deputy director of governmental affairs at the FRA. The proposal is recommending that the railroad route be straightened throughout southern New England and as a result bypass locations in order to speed up travel.

This proposal has been met by many members of local towns and communities as well as by Congress members that have opposed this new route plan. Individuals from both Connecticut and Rhode Island have opposed this new route plan because it would call for Amtrak to cut through historic towns and through important farmland.

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On Thursday, Boston Scientific Corporation issued a statement in which it recalled all of its Lotus Valve heart devices in Europe. This recall consists of both clinical and commercial sites. Also, the Lotus Valve has been removed from all clinical sites in the United States, where the valve is not yet approved for sale.

Overall, the recall is due to major manufacturing defects that have found to be present in the device.

The serious defects that has caused this recall are centered around a manufacturing problem that is linked to the premature release of the mechanism containing a pin that is used to implant the device into the heart in patients. The recall was made voluntary by the company. This is similar to mechanism issues that resulted in the Lotus recalls of 2014 as well as 2016.

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An avalanche has caused two Amtrak trains to be stuck in Montana after wiping out and covering sections of the train tracks. One of the Amtrak trains was heading to Seattle and the other train was in route to Chicago. The trains needed to take alternative measures as a result of the avalanche.

Both trains were carrying just under 100 passengers at the time the issues with the track occurred. As a result of the track issues caused by the avalanche, Amtrak was forced to reverse the train scheduled courses to other stations and even house some of the passengers until all the track issues could be taken care of and made safe for travel.

Ultimately, passengers on their way to Spokane, Seattle and Portland on Monday were returned to Chicago by bus or else made alternative travel plans, according to Amtrak officials.

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An Amtrak train on its way to Boston found itself stuck in the middle of their trip last week. Ultimately, the Amtrak train was stuck in the Bronx during the night for four hours with no heat onboard. This problem was caused by the falling of overhead wires.

The Amtrak train was in the middle of traveling from Washington, DC to South Station in Boston when the issue regarding the overhead wires occurred. The issue occurred at 3 a.m. with almost 200 passengers on board.

The passengers began to worry when after the issue occurred there was “very little communication on behalf of the Amtrak crew.” Also, as a result of the overhead wires falling, the train’s bathroom and heating systems were nonfunctional. The train stayed in this condition for over four hours. During which time, many passengers began to complain because of delay, which would delay their scheduled appointments or travel plans. Passengers also brought to light that the crew was not equipped with proper resources for such a situation, there were no blankets to help stay warm and no additional water for those in need.

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Trampolines have been a under the microscope recently due to increased number injuries caused by the device. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, trampoline injuries account for nearly 100,000 emergency room visits a year. It was also shown that the number of injuries sustained at home, during 2010-2014, did not increase.

On the other hand, the number of injuries that were sustained at indoor trampoline parks shockingly rose from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014. This rise in injuries has shined the spotlight on the increasingly prevalent indoor trampoline parks which individuals are place in areas filled with wall-to-wall trampoline pits.

According the American Academy of Pediatrics, the injuries sustained are a majority focused in the lower extremities, 59% of all emergency visits were due to leg fractures. The Academy cautions strongly against the recreational use of trampolines because of the likelihood of injury.