Nursing home abuse may be underreported

A recent poll revealed that 23 of every 1,000 New York senior citizens has suffered from physical or sexual abuse while living in a care facility, and that the number of older New Yorkers who have been financially exploited is even higher. The numbers may seem astounding, but some experts believe the actual number may […]

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Rival cellphone companies will unite against distracted driving

Major cellphone companies fought state laws to restrict cellphone use and texting in motor vehicles. As awareness of car accidents caused by texting or other distractions related to cellphones grew, the companies began encouraging people not to use their phones in the car. Now, in an unusual move, the four largest cellphone companies will launch […]

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EPA fines firms for violating lead paint safety rules

Lead paint has been banned in homes and apartment buildings since 1978, but children are still in danger of lead poisoning because the paint and dust may remain in residential properties. As a result, construction and painting companies must take special care when they renovate or repaint homes that may have lead in them. The […]

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Family starts legal proceedings after teen was shot by police

Family members of a Brooklyn teenager who was shot and killed by police say they plan to file a Notice of Claim against the city. Family members told reporters that they planned to file the notice, which is the first step toward a wrongful death claim. Family members say police used excessive force when they […]

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Car gadgets could soon be designed to reduce distracted driving

Telling drivers it’s a bad idea to fiddle with cell phones and electronics while they drive has been an ineffective way to prevent driving. In 2011, about 3,000 people died and 387,000 were injured in accidents with distracted drivers. As a way to help curb the epidemic, the federal government is taking a new approach […]

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