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Speeding in Texas

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According to a report by the personal finance website WalletHub, Texas is listed dead last among all states and the District of Columbia on a combined score of punishment for speeding and reckless driving. To compose its report, WalletHub collected data on twelve different measures and then totaled the points. The states with the highest number of points were deemed strictest.

New Efforts to Reverse the Decline of the Jury Trial

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A new project at New York University Law School is studying and promoting public discussion of the continuing decline in the number of civil jury trials in American courtrooms. The school is giving voice to the sentiment of countless lawyers who view the phenomenon of "the vanishing jury trial" with dismay, believing it disserves clients and the broader citizenry, whose right to a jury trial was codified in the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Citibank's Deceptive Marketing

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Citibank, the consumer division of Citigroup Inc., has been ordered by the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to pay $700 million to their borrowers for illegal credit card practices. As many as 7 million of their clients have been affected by the financial service company's "deceptive marketing". According to international news agency Reuters, some of the illusive practices were misrepresenting costs and fees as well as charging for services they did not render. For the deceitful marking or retention actions, Citibank was ordered to provide $479 million for consumer relief for about 4.8 million accounts. However, only about $196 million was paid to 2.2% of consumers who purchased the option of monitored credit.

Oil And Gas Accidents And Fatalities In Texas

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In 2014, Houston was ranked the second-best place to live in the world if you want to work in the oil and gas industry by the Oil & Gas Monitor. It is the home of the oil and gas industry in the United States, not only shipping oil and gas, but also manufacturing a large portion of the oil field equipment made in the U.S. The city was ranked the second most important city in the oil and gas industry in the world by arabianindustry.com, beating out cities in traditional oil and gas strongholds such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq, Scotland and Norway

Police and Deaths of Suspects

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Twice in one week, suspects have died in the custody of local police. These simply represent the latest in a string of incidents in which some suspected of crime have died by the hands of, or under the supervision of, police agencies.

Blood Thinner Can Cause Death If Not Monitored

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Coumadin, a blood thinner, can cause death if it is not properly administered and monitored. This drug must be carefully adjusted; if a patient is given too much, bleeding cannot be controlled. If enough is not given, clots can develop. According to government inspection reports from 2011 to 2014, more than 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died after dosing errors of Coumadin were made. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Medicine estimated that nursing home residents experience near 34,000 fatal, life-threatening, or serious events related to the blood thinner annually.

Uber Settles Wrongful Death Suit

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The family of a 6-year-old girl killed when she was struck in a crosswalk by a car settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the popular "ridesharing" service Uber. According to the lawsuit, the driver was logged into the smartphone app for "Uber X"-a "peer-to-peer" version of the service-indicating that he was available to pick up passengers. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Another Death Caused By A Golf Cart

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Many people do not realize the number of fatalities caused by golf cart accidents; golf carts are seen as a mere leisure tool and are also thought to be harmless. In 2007, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System conducted an analysis of golf cart related injuries from 1990-2006. The results showed an estimated 147,696 people being treated in the Emergency Department.

Why U.S. Car Accident Death Rate Exceeds Europe's

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Cars are much safer than they used to be. They have air bags, crumple zones, anti-lock brakes and seat belts. Despite this, death rates the United States because of car accidents are far higher than in the rest of the developed world. What's going on? A recent article in the Economist provides some answers.

New Data Connects Popular Acid Reflux Medications with Potential Heart Risks

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According to a study by Houston Methodist and Stanford University, certain acid reflux medications are being linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Researchers scoured over 16 million records from nearly 3 million patients through data mining in search of a linkage between gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, medication, and frequency of heart attacks. The study found that patients taking drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, had a 16 to 20 percent higher risk of heart attack than those who took H2 blockers, a drug class including Zantac and Tagamet. At this point these studies can only find associations so more conclusive studies are needed to prove if the drugs actually caused these illnesses.

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