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Argentinian Train Crash

On Wednesday February 22, there was a terrible train crash in Argentina. At least 49 people have been killed and hundreds of people have been injured. The morning train was full of rush-hour commuters and the train crashed head-on into a barrier at a station in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The train should have stopped before it came close to the barrier, and a video of the crash even shows people waiting on the train station platform as the train passes them and the camera. The crash caused the train's second station to be pushed 6 meters into the first section. Horrifying videos show rescuers pulling windows of the twisted train open to get passengers and carry bloody passengers onto stretchers to safety.

DOT Calls for Ban on Social Networks

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking automakers to design devices that prevent a driver from using social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook while the vehicle is running. Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, in a nonbinding guidelines also called for disabling manual texting, Internet browsing, 10-digit phone dialing and the ability to enter addresses into a built-in navigation system for drivers; unless the vehicle was on park. However, the guidelines do not apply to electronic warning systems such as lane-departure or collision alerts.

DOT Calls for Ban on Social Networks

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking automakers to design devices that prevent a driver from using social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook while the vehicle is running. Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary, in a nonbinding guidelines also called for disabling manual texting, Internet browsing, 10-digit phone dialing and the ability to enter addresses into a built-in navigation system for drivers; unless the vehicle was on park. However, the guidelines do not apply to electronic warning systems such as lane-departure or collision alerts.

Details into the Explosion at Josh Powell's Home

The tragedy started when Josh Powell lost custody of his two boys last week. His wife, Susan Cow-Powell disappeared in 2009 and Powell is a suspect. He was in a custody battle with Susan's parents. A social worker brought the two boys to their father's home for a supervised visit. Immediately the social worker feared that these two boys were in danger because when she arrived at the door Powell grabbed his boys from her and slammed the door to his home. The social worker immediately called 911 and told the operator that she smelled gasoline and could hear the children crying. For the next six minutes she tried to convince the operator to send help for the two boys ages 7 and 5. Flames emerged from the home just as the dispatcher said the first available deputy would respond. Both Powell and his two sons died in the fire.

Details into the Explosion at Josh Powell's Home

The tragedy started when Josh Powell lost custody of his two boys last week. His wife, Susan Cow-Powell disappeared in 2009 and Powell is a suspect. He was in a custody battle with Susan's parents. A social worker brought the two boys to their father's home for a supervised visit. Immediately the social worker feared that these two boys were in danger because when she arrived at the door Powell grabbed his boys from her and slammed the door to his home. The social worker immediately called 911 and told the operator that she smelled gasoline and could hear the children crying. For the next six minutes she tried to convince the operator to send help for the two boys ages 7 and 5. Flames emerged from the home just as the dispatcher said the first available deputy would respond. Both Powell and his two sons died in the fire.

Alien Torts Headed for the Supreme Court: Corporate Liability

Later this month, the United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments for the liability of Corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The decision to take the case is in response to a circuit split.

Alien Torts Headed for the Supreme Court: Corporate Liability

Later this month, the United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments for the liability of Corporations under the Alien Tort Statute for the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The decision to take the case is in response to a circuit split.

PG&E Possibly Facing Significant Fines

PG&E could possibly be facing substantial amount in fines in regards to the 2010 San Bruno Fire; if they are guilty of systemic violations in both state and federal safety regulations. The California Public Utilities Commission stated that PG&E had failed to follow accepted industry practice when installing the pipeline, failed to comply with federal pipeline integrity management requirements, kept inadequate records, and poorly collected and reported data. CPUC also accused PG&E of excoriating the utility's emergency procedures and allegedly poor response to the incident.

PG&E Possibly Facing Significant Fines

PG&E could possibly be facing substantial amount in fines in regards to the 2010 San Bruno Fire; if they are guilty of systemic violations in both state and federal safety regulations. The California Public Utilities Commission stated that PG&E had failed to follow accepted industry practice when installing the pipeline, failed to comply with federal pipeline integrity management requirements, kept inadequate records, and poorly collected and reported data. CPUC also accused PG&E of excoriating the utility's emergency procedures and allegedly poor response to the incident.

United States Supreme Court on GPS Tracking Devices

On January 23, 2012 the Supreme Court rule unanimously that police must get a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for this case which involved Washington D.C. drug kingpin, Antoine Jones. Jones was partially convicted because the police installed a GPS device and tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days. Installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle to monitor movements now constitutes a "search" under 4th Amendment protection for unreasonable searches and seizures. The justices affirmed a panel from the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel held that evidence of Jones's frequent trips to a house that had nearly $1 million in cash and drugs had to be thrown out.

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