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  • The dangers of radiation treatment Monday, January 25, 2010

    The New York Times reports that while radiation technology allows doctors to more accurately attack tumors, its complexity has created new avenues for error — through software flaws, faulty programming, poor safety procedures or inadequate staffing and training. When those errors occur, they can be crippling.

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  • Gas pedal problems cause another massive Toyota recall Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Toyota Motor Corp. will recall some 2.3 million vehicles, including Corollas and Camrys, because of a problem with the gas pedal that can cause unintended acceleration.

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  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce math: 52% = 8% Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running a false ad claiming that “52 percent of all lawsuits” target small businesses. The claim is contradicted by the very study the Chamber cites as its source, and it’s not even close to the truth. The study shows the true figure is somewhere between 5 percent and 8 percent.

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  • Consumer Financial Protection Agency may not happen Friday, January 15, 2010

    The Wall Street Journal reports Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd is considering scrapping the idea of creating a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, but would insist on the creation of a beefed-up consumer-protection division within another federal agency.

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  • If banks can walk away from mortgages, why not consumers? Friday, January 8, 2010

    “Businesses — in particular Wall Street banks — make such calculations routinely. Morgan Stanley recently decided to stop making payments on five San Francisco office buildings. A Morgan Stanley fund purchased the buildings at the height of the boom, and their value has plunged. Nobody has said Morgan Stanley is immoral — perhaps because no one assumed it was moral to begin with.”

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  • California hospitals report more than 1,500 “serious and preventable events” Friday, January 8, 2010

    “It’s never medically necessary to take off the wrong body part and it’s never medically necessary to operate on the wrong patient,” said Ellen Griffith, a spokeswoman for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C.

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  • Insurance companies sued for payment of Chinese drywall claims Thursday, January 7, 2010

    A lawsuit would force insurance companies, including units of American International Group Inc. (AIG), to pay more than $200 million in settlements to homeowners.

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