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Exploding airbag fix may take 5 years

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:44
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Oil company in CA spill has been fined before for safety violations

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:35
The oil company behind the spill in California has been in trouble before.

From millennial to millionaire -- in 5 steps

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:27
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How Plumbing Is Flushing Into the Future

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:25
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(NewsUSA) - It's scary to imagine a life without proper plumbing. In fact, most people seem to take modern-day plumbing for granted. But the plumbing industry has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the years.

Before the introduction of modern-day plumbing luxuries such as sewage drainage and disposal systems, flushing toilets and water treatment systems, diseases ran rampant due to the lack of clean water. Diseases such as polio, cholera, and even the black plague took the lives of far too many people before modern plumbing was introduced as we know it today.

There was a time when waste was dumped onto streets, or even into rivers, instead of being properly disposed. This unfortunately contaminated drinking water, which helped spread those killer diseases. However, that's a thing of the past. In today's world, clean water is easily accessible thanks to modern-day plumbing luxuries.

Although the plumbing industry has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the years, the industry continues to look for new ways to improve. The industry is now focusing on improving efficiency, conserving water and reducing costs for homeowners. And the way to accomplish those goals may involve a greater focus on "green" technology.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing is an example of a company dedicated to improving the plumbing industry.

"Mr. Rooter Plumbing is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of customers and the nation, through sanitation and continuously seeking ways to improve through industry innovation," says Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. "We are working to be recognized as the world's leading company in the plumbing and drainage service industry."

The future of plumbing will look to find new ways to reduce water usage without sacrificing performance or aesthetic appeal. With a great deal of home technologies turning to solar power, the plumbing industry may follow suit. For example, traditional water heaters may eventually be replaced by solar-powered water heaters, which would use free energy from the sun to heat water for showers, dishwashers and washing machines. In addition, other plumbing fixtures such as flush valves could also incorporate solar power technology someday.

Without the benefits of modern plumbing, the world would not be able to sustain life as it is today. Thankfully, the plumbing industry is continuing to find new ways to improve, and new ways to save homeowners money by conserving water.

For more information, visit MrRooter.com/45th-anniversary.

New App Takes the Task Out of Boat Maintenance

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:24
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(NewsUSA) - Looking to spend more time out on your boat than stuck at the dock? Well, a new web app, which you can access from any mobile device and makes maintaining your boat a (summer's) breeze, may help you do just that.

The app, called MyTaskit, connects boat owners with service techs, offering a convenient way to communicate directly with boat yards about service appointments, repair jobs or routine maintenance -- all of which means more time on the water and less on dry land.

"There's transparency around which tasks have been assigned to which people," says Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of MyTaskit. Whether the MyTaskit app is used on a mobile device or accessed via a desktop computer, "boaters can see the status of projects that are open, in progress, waiting authorization or estimate approval, or completed. The last thing you want to realize is that something needs fixing and you're five miles off shore."

When users post an online task on MyTaskit, they can explain any issue to a service pro; they can attach photos or videos to describe the problem, too.

"Boats are complex possessions, with multiple moving parts that need frequent service and attention," Hutchinson says.

And even if your boat just needs a little TLC or maintenance, the app can come to the rescue. It conveniently stores manuals for everything on a boat, from its icemakers to its engines. Once you enter the specific type of engine your boat has, for instance, MyTaskit will automatically send a service reminder at manufacturer-recommended intervals.

The app is free of charge to boat owners, captains and their crews, and includes up to 1GB of storage (owners can purchase more storage as needed).

What's more, the app is making waves in other ways. Got a problem with your plumbing or electricity at home? MyTaskit will soon be able to connect with those service providers for your home or even RV.

"Because it's highly task-oriented, MyTaskit can help people stay coordinated with all their service providers," Hutchinson says.

The ease-of-use extends beyond consumers to service professionals, who say the MyTaskit "Pro" side of the app helps them to coordinate business with their existing customers online in a manner that strengthens the bond and fosters greater customer loyalty.

For more information, visit www.mytaskit.com.

Talk Before You Take When Dealing With Medicine

Lifestyles - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:22
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(NewsUSA) - Experts say communication is key when dealing with prescription medicine.

Research has shown that a gap in communication between health care providers (HCPs) and patients about the potential risks of prescription medicines can result in adverse drug events. Increasing communication about prescriptions can help ensure that patients avoid such events, improve adherence to their medicine regimen(s) and live healthier lives.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) launched a campaign earlier this year called "Talk Before You Take," aiming to spark this necessary patient/HCP engagement and encourage more conversations between patients and HCPs.

"It's imperative that health care providers and patients keep the lines of communication flowing," says Ray Bullman, NCPIE executive vice president.

Bullman and his colleagues' research for the campaign was developed by Johns Hopkins University and Ipsos Healthcare, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly half of Americans take prescription medicines, and over 20 percent of Americans take at least three. However, the research found that approximately 62 percent of patients were not aware of any safety warnings about their medicines. Ten percent of patients unaware of the possibility of a severe side effect actually experience a serious reaction.

"It is important for patients to understand how to take their medicines safely so they experience all the benefits and minimize the potential risks," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Talk Before You Take encourages more discussion about medications between patients and their health care providers and pharmacists, which can improve the health of patients and our health care system."

In addition, the campaign offers four tips for patients and caregivers to guide conversations with HCPs:

* Talk to your health care provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines you take.

* Tell your health care provider about all of the medicines you are taking -- including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements.

* Tell your health care provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.

* Read and follow the medicine label and directions.

For more information, visit www.talkbeforeyoutake.org. This work is supported by FDA grant number 5U18FD004653-03.

Best Buy surges. It should thank Apple

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:17
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Top 10 U.S. beaches named

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:52
Categories: National News

Cuba just opened a U.S. bank account

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:44
The Cuban government no longer has to deal solely in cash in the United States. It now has an account at an American bank.

It's getting more expensive to be a renter

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:59
Rent checks are getting bigger.

School refuses grieving family's graduation request

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:42
The family of a high school student who passed away in South Carolina is requesting that the school honor her in a special way. WHNS has more.
Categories: National News

McDonald's: 'Union attack' on the brand

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:40
Facing protests at its annual shareholder meeting, McDonald's is pushing back against what it calls a "union attack" on its brand.

Grammy winning rapper helps save driver's life

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:40
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper Layzie Bone helped save a driver's life in Wyoming after the man went into a diabetic shock and lost control of his car. CNN affiliate KCWY reports.
Categories: National News

Police believe suspect is in New York

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:36
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier says they believe Daron Dylon Wint, the suspect in the Washington mansion fire, is in New York.
Categories: National News

Letterman gets 13.7M in finale, but Leno did better

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:18
Even on one of David Letterman's best nights, he still couldn't beat his rival Jay Leno.

Emergency declared in California oil spill

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:17
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency to help clean up an oil pipeline spill that may have dumped more than 100,000 gallons of crude in Southern California.
Categories: National News

An unlikely friendship blossoms between a killer and a scholar

CNN - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:57
A few months ago, Kelly Gissendaner wrote a letter to a pen pal across the Atlantic. She told him the state of Georgia was about to fix a date for her execution. One evening soon, she would be strapped to a gurney, needles would be inserted into her arm, and poison would course through her veins until she was dead.
Categories: National News

Massive Clinton-era Internet bug shows pitfalls of Obama's 'backdoor' proposal

Business News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:39
A Clinton-era Internet law is coming back to haunt us by exposing our private online messages to hackers. Now, the Obama administration is lobbying Congress to repeat the same policy all over again.

 

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