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Motorcycle riders: Life-saving safety tips

Riding a motorcycle is a gamble. It's a very dangerous mode of transportation. While it's not all up to you -- other drivers can make mistakes that put you in the hospital -- it is very important to know what you can do to reduce your own risks.

That's not to say that there aren't advantages to a motorcycle. It's cheaper than a car. It's better for the environment. It gives you that thrill and freedom of the open road.

Tyson Foods issues recall notice over plastic in chicken pieces

If you rely on Tyson Foods to get you through family meals during the busy part of your week, you need to check what's in your freezer -- now.

Tyson Foods has recalled 190,000 pounds of its Fully Cooked, Whole Grain Golden Crispy Chicken Chunk Fritters. Why? They may have hard plastic particles in them.

New parents could be at risk for drowsy driving crashes

As a new parent, you probably already know that sleep deprivation is no joke and that not getting enough sleep can lead to more severe symptoms than just feeling tired. After waking up multiple times a night to tend to your baby, you may feel irritable, depressed or forgetful. However, you may not realize that sleep deprivation also causes several of the same impairments that alcohol causes, such as slower reaction times, reduced awareness of hazards and inability to focus.

When you are sleep-deprived and you get behind the wheel of a car, those impairments risk your safety, your baby's safety and the safety of others on the road. One preliminary study found that 60% of the new parents that were surveyed had poor daytime function because of sleep-deprivation. Most of those participants drove less than 100 miles in a week, but over 5% reported being involved in a crash and over 22% reported that they experienced a near-miss.

Abdominal injuries after a car accident: What you need to know

Abdominal injuries often fly "under the radar" for a while after a car accident. Because the blunt-force trauma of the car accident is so shocking to your entire body, you may immediately realize that you have a neck, back or head injury. However, your abdominal injuries can take time to develop.

And that's a serious problem.

Can you sue after a slip and fall on an escalator or elevator?

Have you ever been on an escalator that seemed like it was moving far too fast to be safe? Or one that "stuck" at points, throwing you off balance and causing you to grip the handrail for dear life. One incident like that is enough to make you hunt down the nearest elevator instead.

Except that may not be much safer. Have you ever tripped and fallen (or nearly fallen) getting on or off an elevator because it wasn't quite level with the floor when it came to a stop? Or have you ever been on an elevator that "bounced" suddenly after you thought it was stationary?

Drunk driving injuries can leave you struggling financially

What's the worst thing about getting hit by a drunk driver? The pain? The anger that it was an utterly avoidable accident? The frustration that you're laid up for weeks or months, unable to go about your normal life?

All of those things may be part of the distress you feel. However, for many people in your position, the worst thing is the endless bills that keep coming through the door during their recovery. More than likely, you aren't working while you recover. However, that doesn't mean the house and car loan payments, utilities and other bills stop. If you're lucky, you may have some sick days saved up that will help keep you afloat, but many people can't count on that kind of relief.

Summer, dog parks and dangerous encounters: What you should know

If you have a dog, the start of summer means it's time to start taking your dog back to the dog park for exercise and play.

Dog parks are a great part of city culture because they give dogs and dog owners a chance to socialize -- but they can also be dangerous for both pets and humans when people don't take certain precautions.

Wrong-way driving accident turns fatal in Pennsylvania

A driver who somehow ended up on the wrong side of the highway was killed and two other people were hospitalized after an accident.

The wreck, which ultimately involved six vehicles, happened around 2:30 in the morning on May 4. The driver who was killed was heading south in the northbound lanes of 1-95 near Bridesburg.

Parents urged to stop using Rock 'n Play sleepers immediately

There are a lot of safety recalls and warnings about dangerous products -- but some are more critical than others. When infants are involved, the consequences of an unsafe product can be deadly.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Attorney General Kwame Raoul have both advised parents to discontinue using the "Rock 'n Play" sleeper made by Fisher-Price, which has been on the market since 2009.

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