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Sandy Exposed Hospitals’ Lack of Disaster Preparedness

Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself. But on Monday …

Equipment Failure, Training, Inspection Flaws at Fault for Rio-Paris Crash

Pilot error, defective sensors, inadequate training and insufficient oversight combined to send an Air France passenger plane plunging into the south Atlantic in 2009 in the airline’s worst disaster, French investigators said on Thursday. The final report on the Rio-Paris …

Equipment Failure Blamed For BP Washington Refinery Fire

The manager of BP’s Cherry Point refinery in Washington says a fire earlier this month was most likely caused by equipment failure. A failure in the “crude vacuum unit” led to the release of some heavier crude, which ignited when it …