Big-rig crashes prompts banLA 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 lawsuitsST. 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. COURT
Lawyers guilty in fraud caseFRANKFORT, 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 licenseNEWARK, N.J. — State regulators on Friday temporarily suspended the medical license of a doctor who health officials suspect is linked to a hepatitis B outbreak. Nearly 3,000 of Dr. Parvez Dara’s patients have been warned to get tested after five cancer patients tested positive for the disease, which is transmitted through exposure to infected blood and can cause serious liver damage. ALSO ...
One lucky groom-to-beNEW YORK — Don Walling is lucky she said yes — and he’s also lucky the diamond engagement ring he dropped on the Brooklyn Bridge didn’t end up in the river. Walling fumbled the ring as he proposed to his girlfriend on the pedestrian walkway of the New York City bridge. But he valiantly shimmied down to the lower span and found the bauble. It was slightly bent, but the diamonds were still in place.
Baby elephant makes its debutCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is ready to show off its latest addition, a baby Asian elephant born last week. Beginning Friday, the small pachyderm was out for public view in the zoo’s elephant habitat for just a few hours a day. . The zoo is holding a contest to name the youngster. The winning name will be announced on Mother’s Day. The Associated Press