Stories tagged: safety
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.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
U.S. marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest
Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
North Dakota may halt rail inspections aimed at derailments
The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil.
UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Miami judge rules Florida’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is unconstitutional
Florida’s updated “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional, a Miami judge ruled on Monday.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 10:45 a.m.
British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests
When a short-circuiting fridge transformed London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower from a home for hundreds to a charred ruin, officials described it as a horrific anomaly – an “unprecedented” blaze, in …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
Wet winter ups the ante for hikers on popular US trail
Several hikers reported harrowing incidents tackling the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail across this year’s massive snowpack, which has fed swift streams and turned the dream trip of a lifetime into …
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids
Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said Wednesday in unveiling its summer safety report that the ubiquitous spinners, already banned in many schools, can fall apart and the small pieces …
Sun., June 4, 2017
Overpass planned for Bigelow Gulch, Forker roads
Spokane County is preparing to build a curved overpass linking Bigelow Gulch and Forker roads, the latest phase of a major expansion aimed at increasing traffic capacity and reducing accidents.
Sat., May 27, 2017
Michael J. Rush: Local laws would impede railroad operations
One wouldn’t have guessed from some of the publicity surrounding crude oil shipments, but more than 99.99 percent of all railroad shipments involving crude oil reach their destination without an …
Sat., May 27, 2017
Spokane Sheriff’s Office wins national award for social interaction training
It’s a common enough scene: Officers on-site, responding to allegations of a crime; the public milling about, curious and uncertain. An officer approaches, poses direct questions: What did you see? …
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
University of Idaho examines safety updates after explosion
The University of Idaho has identified 14 recommendations to improve safety and emergency response policies following an explosion in a school parking lot that injured four students, according to a …
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 7:19 a.m.
WSP troopers investigating 3-car collision near Loon Lake treated as vehicular assualt
Washington State Patrol troopers are investigating a three-car collision on U.S. Route 395 at the State Route 292 intersection near Loon Lake as vehicular assault.
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:04 a.m.
Huge sinkholes are now appearing in unexpected places
Huge sinkholes that opened last week on streets in New York City, suburban Atlanta and San Francisco exemplify a phenomenon that is prompting growing alarm across the U.S.
Sun., May 7, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Washington ferries required to carry more life rafts
A riskier world prompted the Coast Guard to require more life rafts aboard Washington state ferries.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Moscow man gets three months in jail for trying to hook up with underage girl
Prior to being sentenced to three months in jail Friday, a Moscow man said he hopes his efforts to hook up with a fake underage girl, set up by Colfax …