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Vindman Reminds Nunes of His Rank

Also, Army may move him and family to military base for protection

(Newser) - The Army is looking into the possibility of moving impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his family onto a military base to make sure they're safe, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Ukraine native, who's testifying Tuesday, has been the subject of much online vilification from supporters... More »

Researchers Examine Pot Use in Pregnancy, Get Pushback

Controversial study examines whether marijuana can help with morning sickness

(Newser) - There's no proof that cannabis can relieve morning sickness, and mainstream medicine advises against use in pregnancy due to studies suggesting it might cause premature birth, low birthweight, and infant brain deficits. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse is pressing for more solid evidence. With nearly $200,000... More »

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and... More »

The 10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

WalletHub ranks them for 2019

(Newser) - There are many elements to safety, and in determining this year's safest states in America, WalletHub looked at dozens of them. The site compared all 50 states across 52 safety indicators from the areas of personal and residential safety (things like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, violent crimes, overdoses, suicides),... More »

Aviation Unions on Shutdown: We Can't Calculate the Risk

Reps for air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants say air safety system 'deteriorating'

(Newser) - Is it still safe to fly during the government shutdown? That's a question with a potentially uncomfortable answer, at least according to the unions representing more than 130,000 pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers, per the New York Times . In a statement , the presidents of the three... More »

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

AirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines

(Newser) - The world's safest airline for 2019 is also the industry's most experienced, according to AirlineRatings.com . The website, which monitors the safety records of 405 airlines worldwide, considered industry and government audits; crash and incident reports; profitability; safety initiatives; and fleet age in coming up with the 20... More »

Here Are the 10 Safest Cities in America

These locales boast lower crime, less risk of natural disasters, and better financial security

(Newser) - Feeling secure is often a top priority when people are seeking a place to settle down—and that doesn't just mean finding locales with boring weekly police logs. WalletHub looked at more than three dozen safety metrics for 180 cities, examining what automatically comes to mind when you think... More »

Attorney: 'Blood on the Hands' of Cities That Allow E-Scooters

Injuries from the motorized devices now a daily problem in ERs

(Newser) - It felt like grains of salt floating around Earl Wilkinson's mouth. "In fact, they were teeth remnants"—the result of the 52-year-old's face-plant during an electric scooter crash. Wilkinson ended up in the emergency room with a broken arm in what BuzzFeed describes as a fairly... More »

It's a Chair. No, It's a Bulletproof Vest

Seattle inventor's seat converts into a life-saving device

(Newser) - An enterprising attorney has created a portable chair that converts to a bullet-proof vest, for use in schools and entertainment venues. Aaron Ansel came up with the idea for the CoverMeSeat following the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. "I just thought, is there any sort of technology-based... More »

Cops Pull Over School Chief for Passing School Bus

It happened during a safety campaign in Melbourne, Florida

(Newser) - Bad: Authorities say a Florida school superintendent was pulled over for illegally passing a school bus. Worse: It happened as police were running a bus safety campaign. Florida Today reports that Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn was driving his district-issued SUV the morning of March 27 when he was... More »

Traveling by Plane Was Mind-Bogglingly Safe in 2017

Zero commercial jets crashed

(Newser) - Two separate reports reveal a big find for 2017: zero crashes of commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world, report the BBC and Reuters . The reports come courtesy of the To70 Dutch consultancy group and the Aviation Safety Network , with the latter proclaiming 2017 "the safest year ever, both... More »

10 Safest, Least Safe Cities in America

Nashua, NH, comes in at No. 1; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is at the bottom of the list

(Newser) - When seeking a place to settle down, safety is usually at the top of home seekers' priority list. WalletHub scoured more than 180 cities nationwide, looking at natural-disaster risks, financial perils, and the safety of homes and communities in general. The site used nearly three dozen key safety indicators in... More »

Parents Can Buy 'Peace of Mind' at Fla. School for $120

Via a bulletproof backpack insert that some are questioning

(Newser) - A Miami private school's store is now open, but this year, in addition to mascot-themed athletic wear, students can soup up their backpacks, too. Or rather their parents can, because the backpack insert at the nondenominational Florida Christian School costs $120, reports the Miami Herald . That's because it'... More »

These Are the Safest Big Cities in the World

Tokyo is No. 1, but none from US in top 10

(Newser) - The Economist is out with a new ranking of the world's safest cities, and it finds that none from the US crack the top 10. The closest is San Francisco at No. 15. Japan, on the other hand, has two of the top three. The Safe Cities Index ranked... More »

What May Vanish From the Arctic by 2030

Scientists: There could be no more summer ice by then, thanks to climate change

(Newser) - Fancy an Arctic cruise? With climate change melting the planet's sea ice faster than ever, the globe's northern-most points could become a check on the well-traveled tourist's bucket list. That possibility is giving goose bumps to maritime experts who say safety measures are lacking. "It's... More »

The Secret Nuclear Mishaps That Aren't Causing Alarm

Scientists in one case ended up breathing in uranium due to 'several grievous errors'

(Newser) - For the past year, the Center for Public Integrity has been investigating nuclear negligence in the US, finding weaknesses that led to avoidable accidents and looking at the resulting repercussions—or lack of them. As part of that probe, Scientific American publishes a look at one such federal investigation into... More »

This Is America's Safest State

Vermont is A-OK, Mississippi not so much

(Newser) - Drug problems aside , living in Vermont is your safest bet to stay safe, according to WalletHub . The site reviewed a variety of data falling under the categories of personal, financial, workplace, and road safety, as well as emergency preparedness, to give the states a safety score out of 100,... More »

Airplane Phone Restrictions: Safety or Manners?

'Many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes'

(Newser) - Overhearing some loudmouth's phone conversation is bad enough on the street or at a restaurant, but nobody wants to be sitting next to that person for the duration of a flight. And that may be the real reason the FCC continues to ban voice calls on phones, even though... More »

Horse Manure Figures in Fight Over Religious Freedom

Two Amish men in rural Kentucky say a law requiring horse diapers is unfair

(Newser) - An unusual clash about religious freedom is playing out in the small city of Auburn, Kentucky: It's all about horse diapers, reports the Wall Street Journal . Two local Amish men have filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor, and its police chief, accusing them of violating their ability... More »

Few Vacationed in Iceland. Then Things Went 'Bonkers'

Island's population is 332K; the country has seen 1.6M tourists so far this year

(Newser) - Iceland is hot, and no, this isn't a story about global warming. Since the tiny island country in the northern Atlantic began keeping tabs in 1949, the number of visiting tourists has climbed from roughly 5,000 people a year to, in 2010, more than 500,000. Then, in... More »

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