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Study Says Surprising Amount Of Fat Found In Movie Popcorn

November 20, 2009 – Forget the apocalyptic earthquakes and alien abductions on the screen, the real movie horror is the fat-saturated popcorn sold by some theater chains, a nutrition advocacy group claims. Just one popcorn-and-soda combo can match the calorie-and-saturated-fat count of three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders and 12 pats of butter, according to the Center Read More

W.A.T.C.H. Releases Its 2009 ’10 Worst Toys’ List

November 19, 2009 – The World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., released its annual “10 Worst Toys” list to aid parents when shopping this holiday season. Included on this year’s list were popular characters such as Wall-E, Curious George, X-Men and Batman. W.A.T.C.H.’s list consists of toys with the potential to cause injury, or even Read More

“Perfect Flame” Outdoor Grills Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

November 19, 2009 – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Lucas Innovation Inc., of China, today announced a voluntary recall of the Perfect Flame SLG Series Gas Grills.  The burners of the grills can deteriorate causing irregular flames and the lids of some models can catch fire, posing fire Read More

2 Dead, 21 Injured In Minnesota Bus Crash

November 19, 2009 – A tour bus returning from an Iowa casino ran off a southern Minnesota interstate and rolled over in a ditch Wednesday, killing two people and injuring 21, authorities said. The bus, operated by Strain Bus Line Motorcoach Tours in Rochester, was eastbound on I-90 just west of Austin about 3:20 p.m. Read More

Ford, Subaru, VW Win Insurance Institute’s Top Safety Picks

November 18, 2009 – Ford, Subaru and Volkswagen sit atop the U.S. insurance industry’s annual list of the safest new vehicles, according to a closely watched assessment used by car companies to lure safety-conscious consumers to showrooms. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its “top safety pick” on Wednesday to 19 passenger cars and Read More

15 best (and worst) foods for immunity

November 17, 2009 – Is your diet making you a germ magnet? Research shows that what you eat — or don’t — can play an important role in your immune system’s ability to do battle with incoming germs. Read on to see whether your fridge and pantry are stocked with these power foods, as well Read More

For many ill with the flu, staying home isn’t an option

November 13, 2009 – Workers without paid sick leave are often penalized for absences. Congress plans to consider legislation next week that would guarantee workers paid sick time. Though President Obama has declared H1N1 flu a national emergency and federal health and labor officials have urged sick workers to stay home, for many that’s not Read More

Study concludes San Diego roads dangerous for pedestrians

November 11, 2009 – San Diego has been named one of the most dangerous cities to walk in, according a national survey released Tuesday by the group Transportation for America. The report, Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods), ranks the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians.  Read More

9 surprising places to find germs

November 10, 2009 – It’s time to stock up on chicken soup, tissues and anxiety – the flu and cold season has arrived.  Some people may ignore flu shot shortages and a co-worker’s sniffles, but the rest of us hit the barricades, armed with soap, a full medicine cabinet and wariness when offered a handshake. Read More

Bicyclist Killed in Collision with Police Car

Updated November 10, 2009 – A 63-year-old man was killed Monday when the bicycle he was riding collided with a police car on a University City street during the morning rush hour. Walter Freeman of San Diego pedaled out of a gas station in the 3800 block of Governor Drive shortly before 7:30 a.m., crossed the Read More

Most child car seats installed incorrectly, say experts

November 9, 2009 – Child car seat use is at an all-time high in the United States. But the fact that most parents are using child safety seats does not mean their children are properly restrained. That point was illustrated in two recent Inland-area crashes that left one baby dead and two others with major Read More

North County pair arrested for defrauding Spanish-speaking investors out of $1.3 million

November 6, 2009 – Authorities say two men arrested this week bilked at least 27 victims – mostly Spanish-speaking, working-class people from North San Diego County – out of about $1.3 million. On Thursday in a San Diego courthouse, victims and prosecutors described Alan Espiritu, 35, as a smooth talker who convinced friends old and Read More

Two Rottweilers maul middle school student in Vista

November 6, 2009 – A Vista boy was recovering at home Wednesday from an attack by two Rottweilers that left him with about 40 bites on his chest, arms, abdomen and hand that his mother said required dozens of stitches. The owner of the dogs voluntarily surrendered them to the North County Humane Society.  Elkie Read More

Report examines California’s watch of alleged kidnapper

November 4, 2009 – Corrections officials failed to properly supervise parolee Phillip Garrido and missed opportunities to discover Jaycee Lee Dugard, the girl he allegedly kidnapped and held in his backyard for 18 years, a report summary released today said. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also failed to refer Garrido for a mental Read More

BPA Dangers in Your Pantry?

November 4, 2009 – Consumer Reports’ latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested contain measurable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA). The new findings show that BPA can be found in a diverse assortment of canned foods including those labeled Read More

California lawmakers approve water supply improvement package

November 4, 2009 –  California lawmakers on Wednesday passed an $11 billion overhaul of the state’s antiquated water system in a bid to supply a soaring population while preserving a fragile environment. After a long night of debate, the State Assembly voted in favor of the comprehensive package of water bills and a bond measure Read More

Bug spray likely cause of death of 10-month-old boy

November 3, 2009 – Bug spray that produces a fog to kill insects is likely to blame for the death of a 10-month-old South Carolina boy, and his 2-year-old brother was critically injured by the fumes, authorities said Monday. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said the boys’ mother had been using foggers in their Read More

Common antibiotics tied to birth defects

November 3, 2009 – Researchers studying antibiotics in pregnancy have found a surprising link between common drugs used to treat urinary infections with birth defects. Reassuringly, the most-used antibiotics in early pregnancy – penicillins – appear to be the safest. Bacterial infections themselves can cause problems for the fetus if left unchecked, experts said, so Read More

Taser played role in man’s death, report states

November 2, 2009 – An Inland coroner’s office has ruled for the first time that Taser shocks contributed to a person’s death. Marlon Acevedo, 35, was high on PCP when he clashed with Riverside police one year ago on Halloween, according to the coroner’s report. He was in the street screaming at passing cars, and Read More

Marine Helicopter And Coast Guard Plane Collide Off San Diego Coast

October 30, 2009 – Searchers have found nothing but a debris field where two military aircraft collided off the coast of San Diego Thursday night. Nine Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel are missing after the mid-air collision between a Coast Guard transport plane and a USMC light attack helicopter about 15 miles east of Read More

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