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Alaska Oil Company Fined with Largest Jones Act Penalty in History of the Act

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In 2011, Furie Operating Alaska, an Alaskan oil and gas company, transported the Spartan 151 jack-up drill rig from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska using a foreign-flagged vessel. The company agreed to pay a record $10,000,000 fine for failing to get pre-approval from the U.S. government to use a foreign-flagged vessel for the transport.

Exploding E-Cigarettes

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While electronic cigarettes are considered a healthy alternative for smokers, there are rising concerns that these devices may be dangerous. Electronic cigarettes, more commonly referred to as e-cigs, have continued to grow in popularity since entering the U.S. market in 2007. A major cause of the health concerns presented by e-cigarettes may not be what one would expect, however.

Vehicle Crash with MTA Bus leaves Seventeen Injured in Baltimore

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A collision between a privately-owned vehicle and a Maryland Transmit Administration (MTA) bus sent 17 people to the hospital on the afternoon of May 20, 2017. According to MTA officials, the accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East North Avenue in central Baltimore.

What Texas Counties Have The Most DUI-Related Accidents?

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A drunk driving accident can happen anywhere. But in certain areas these accidents are more common.

There are 254 counties in the state of Texas. Let's take a look at the counties with the highest number of drunk driving-related accidents in 2015:

91-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

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Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.

Nursing Home Resident Sues Facility Over Inappropriate Video

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Mary McCaughan, 83-years-old, has filed suit in Travis County alleging negligence by Regency HIS of Windsor Duval, LLC and Regency Integrated Health Services, LLC. The suit details that Carlos Alberto Santa Cruz, a certified nurse aide at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Services of Duval, posted videos that show someone smearing feces on her body and face. The lawsuit claims Santa Cruz allegedly photographed Ms. McCaughan's naked body and posted a video on Snapchat showing someone smearing feces on her. According to her son, Ms. McCaughan has advanced Alzheimer's disease and has great difficulty with talking, moving, and cognition.

Placing Side Guard Rails on 18-Wheelers Will Help Reduce the Number of Highway Fatalities

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In 2015, 301 passenger vehicle occupants were killed when colliding with the side of an 18-wheeler's trailer. This has led to the call for side guard rails, which are aimed at preventing deaths caused by side-impact collisions with trailers.

Police Investigating Possible Use of Alcohol in Deadly Crash

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A deadly motor vehicle collision occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, and police are investigating to determine if alcohol was involved.

13 Dead in Head-On Crash with Church Bus

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A bus carrying fourteen people returning from a church choir retreat was involved in a deadly head-on collision with a 2007 Dodge truck in South Texas last month. The crash killed 13 people after the truck unexpectedly veered into their lane of traffic. Witnesses to the crash confirmed the driver of the truck was texting and on medication at the time of the crash.

Hoverboards Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officials confirmed a charging LayZ Board Hoverboard ignited and killed two young girls during the Pennsylvania house fire in March of 2016. More than 3,000 LayZ Boards have been imported from Shenzhen, China to the United States according to the CPSC.

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