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'No evidence' of pre-collision fire in deadly California crash: NTSB

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) - An investigation into the northern California crash between a FedEx truck and bus that killed 10 people last week has turned up "no evidence" of a pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities said on Sunday. A witness in a car the truck clipped before crashing into the bus reported flames shooting from underneath the truck's cab before the fatal collision. Further investigation found no evidence of that, said Mark Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member.

Rules to make crashed buses easier to escape still not adopted 15 years after recommendation

WASHINGTON - Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules. A tractor-trailer truck and a bus transporting high school students collided late Thursday near Orland, Calif. Ten people were killed in a fire that consumed both vehicles. Someone kicked out a bus window, and many of the 40 or so students aboard squeezed through before the vehicle burst into flames.

Driver in New York train crash suffered from sleep disorder

New York, Apr 7 (EFE).- The driver of the commuter train that went off the tracks last December in New York leaving four people dead was suffering from an undiagnosed disorder, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. William Rockefeller, 46, was suffering from severe sleep apnea, according to documents of the investigation published by the NTSB. The driver admitted after the accident that he was dozing off just before the crash, which occurred when the train took a sharp curve at almost triple the permitted speed.

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___ US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession. Yet it took a painfully slow six years, and unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 per cent. The comeback figures were contained in a government report Friday that showed a solid if unspectacular month of job growth in March.

U.S. company recalls gas fireplaces due to explosion hazard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hussong Manufacturing Co Inc will recall about 16,000 gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts after nine reports of explosions and two injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commision said on Friday. The Lakefield, Minnesota, company is recalling 22 models sold under the brands Kozy Heat Fireplaces, Ambiance Fireplaces and Stellar Hearth Products, the agency said in a statement.

Nest disables feature on smoke, carbon monoxide alarm over unintentional deactivation concern

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand. Nest was acquired this year by Google Inc. for $3.2 billion. Nest developed technology which it calls the Nest Wave that allows owners to turn off the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm at a distance, among other things.

Nest disabling feature on Nest Protect some alarms over unintentional activation concerns

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally deactivate it with the wave of a hand. Nest was acquired Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Nest developed technology that allows owners to turn off the alarm at a distance, among other things. The company says, however, that a "unique combination of circumstances" could delay an alarm in the event of a real fire.

Google's Nest halts home alarm system sales over possible defect

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc <GOOG.O> acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally. Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated.

U.N. panel to weigh dangers of oil-by-rail cargo

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International rules for handling the kind of petroleum shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments may need to be revised, the United Nations said, in a move that could rattle the fast-growing oil-by-rail sector. A U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials this week said that it accepted a request from U.S. and Canadian experts to revisit rules that govern shipping the kinds of fuel produced in energy areas such as North Dakota's Bakken.

Search for fishing vessel in distress in Antarctica

There were grave concerns Monday for a fishing vessel that issued a distress signal from an area near Antarctica where debris has been sighted. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it had detected an emergency distress beacon signal early Sunday about 648 kilometres (400 miles) north of the Antarctic mainland. A civilian jet and an RAAF P3 Orion tasked with finding the vessel, thought to be a 75-metre (250-feet) Tanzanian-flagged fishing support ship, failed to do so in flyovers of the remote southern Indian Ocean area.
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