Big-rig crashes prompts ban
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. — The California Department of Transportation has banned commercial trucks for 90 days on a steep Los Angeles-area foothill highway after the second runaway big-rig crash in six months killed two people. Caltrans Director Will Kempton said Friday a 90-day moratorium will be put in place on the Angeles Crest Highway, also known as Route 2, in the city of La Canada Flintridge.
Bridge victims file lawsuits
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Seventeen more victims from the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 are suing a consulting firm that studied the structure and a contractor that was resurfacing it. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say 15 new lawsuits were filed on their behalf in Hennepin County District Court. The lawsuits are similar to four other negligence cases filed in November. All name engineering company, URS Corp., and road builder, Progressive Contractors Inc.
Lawyers guilty in fraud case
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal jury on Friday convicted two disbarred lawyers accused of scamming their clients out of millions of dollars in a diet-drug settlement. It was the second trial for William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham. A federal jury in Covington last year was unable to reach a verdict for Gallion and Cunningham but acquitted a third defendant. Prosecutors charged Gallion and Cunningham with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and eight counts of wire fraud, claiming they bilked some 440 clients who claimed they had been hurt by the diet drug fen-phen.
Officials take doc’s license