Coast Guard inspecting cruise ships for safety violations
MIAMI The Coast Guard says it has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting vessels with patterns of safety problems. Coast Guard officers described the new program Tuesday at the National Transportation Safety Board’s first forum on cruise ship safety. The Coast Guard also said at the forum that its regular inspections of 140 cruise ships based at U.S. ports in 2013 found 351 deficiencies, most frequently problems with fire doors. The hearing follows last year’s fire aboard the Carnival Triumph that left the ship adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico, subjecting some 3,000 passengers to squalid conditions.
Smokers’ group sues seeks to overturn New York City’s ban on electronic cigarettes
NEW YORK A smokers’ advocacy group says it has sued New York City seeking to overturn the city’s ban on electronic cigarettes. The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment announced the lawsuit Tuesday. The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last month in office. It prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned. The FDA plans to regulate e-cigarettes but has not yet issued proposed rules.
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Wal-Mart recalling doll because of overheating problem
WASHINGTON Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is recalling 174,000 dolls because the toy can overheat and potentially burn consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that the “My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll” has a circuit board in its chest that can overheat. Consumers should stop using the product –identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date code, found on the bottom of the doll – remove the batteries and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund.
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