Stories tagged: safety
UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:22 p.m.
Southwest has been faced with fines, union safety complaints
Some aviation safety experts said they see no reason for alarm. And, in fact, Southwest’s safety record is enviable: Until last week, no passenger had died in an accident during …
Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
U.S. regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety
U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants …
UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 3:57 p.m.
Allegiant Air under fire after ‘60 Minutes’ safety report
Allegiant Air is fighting to reassure travelers and protect its reputation after renewed questions about safety at the low-cost carrier.
UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 3:55 p.m.
Uber to up its background checks for drivers
Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping …
Tue., April 3, 2018
Tips for running with your dog in Spokane
Tips for keeping you and Fido healthy while running.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
Transport safety rules weakened under Trump
The government in 2016 proposed requiring that new heavy trucks have potentially life-saving software that would electronically limit speeds. But now, like many other safety rules in the works before …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 9:29 p.m.
Amtrak: We’ll stop service on tracks lacking speed controls
Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don’t have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad’s top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the …
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
Climber’s death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers
Oregon’s tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:49 p.m.
Skating ribbon fire pits doused amid concerns visitors were too close to flames
Three rustic, gas-fed fire pits ringing the new skating ribbon in Riverfront Park have been shut off by order of the Spokane fire marshal, over concerns visitors were putting their …
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Overtourism and safety cited in Fodor’s where not to go list
As you contemplate all those “where to go in 2018” lists, here’s a twist: a list of places to avoid in the new year.
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
Drones beneath the Christmas tree: What to know before you fly
This winter, airports have more to worry about than just snowy weather and slick runways. There’s a new source of anxiety waiting under the Christmas tree: drones.
Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Subaru, Hyundai top insurance industry’s safety awards
Subaru and Hyundai have the most vehicles named top safety picks by the insurance industry.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Trump administration rolls back Obama-era oil train rules
The Trump administration is angering environmental groups and residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017
How to stay safe when riding Uber or Lyft
Phony driver incidents have sprung up all over the country. Often it’s just a money thing. Sometimes it’s more.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 11:07 a.m.
Feds probe effectiveness of VW air bag wiring recall
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Volkswagen recall may not fix a wiring problem that can stop the front driver’s air bag from inflating in a crash.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list
Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2
A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
House Democrats question safety efforts in youth football
After hearing from brain trauma researchers who said playing football at a young age is unsafe even for kids who don’t suffer obvious injuries, members of Congress on Tuesday asked …
Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
Guest Opinion: Megan J. Ballard: Trump’s refugee rationale is a ruse
Reducing refugee admissions to a trickle is not justified by humanitarian concerns nor is it in the national interest.
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Complex infotainment systems are putting driver lives at risk, says AAA
American drivers are demanding increasingly complex infotainment systems when they shop for new cars. But a new AAA study says they’re putting themselves at risk if they use the systems …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
Senate bill to clear obstacles to self-driving cars advances
Legislation that could help usher in a new era of self-driving cars advanced in Congress on Wednesday after the bill’s sponsors agreed to compromises to address some concerns of safety …
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017
Keep on driverless truckin’ (but help truckers)
As Congress debates a new law to promote self-driving technology, however, it may exempt big commercial vehicles in the hope of saving trucking jobs. That won’t work.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
Samuelson: Pump the brakes on driverless cars
Driverless technologies are not to be coddled or promoted. Their development should be slow and sober.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Free speech vs. safety debated after rally turns violent
Hundreds of black-clad activists with covered faces who overwhelmed a peaceful Northern California protest and beat several perceived political enemies have reignited the debate over ensuring free speech while protecting …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 5:57 p.m.
Driverless cars of the future confront regulations written for drivers
When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Google canceled all-hands meeting after employees were harassed online
Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, canceled an all-hands meeting Thursday after employees expressed concerns about their safety.
Wed., July 26, 2017, 7:32 a.m.
State denies company request to bring back some Duck boats
State regulators are – for now – denying a request from a Seattle tour company to once again begin using the type of duck boats involved in a 2015 crash …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
U.S. plans to bar Americans from travel to North Korea, tour groups say
Tour groups that specialize in travel to North Korea said Friday that the Trump administration plans to bar Americans from visiting the country starting next month, in apparent retaliation for …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.