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Remodelers and disaster workers could be exposed to asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, microscopic mineral fiber that has heat- and corrosion-resistant properties. It was therefore used in a wide variety of applications in industry and construction. Unfortunately, these tiny fibers can become airborne and lodge themselves in the lungs, the lining of the lungs, or the lining of the digestive tract. This can cause asbestos-related diseases like the deadly cancer mesothelioma, which often doesn't appear for decades after exposure.

Report: Only 61% of people arrested for DUI are convicted

If you're arrested for DUI, you may notice an observer in the courtroom: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In 12 states across the nation, members of this anti-drunk-driving group send monitors into courtrooms "to make sure prosecutors and judges know that we are watching."

Do you have a right to talk to a lawyer before a DUI blood test?

In some circumstances, criminal suspects may have a right to counsel before they have been arrested. This is generally when the suspect is about to make a decision that will could impair their defense in a critical stage of the case. Is deciding whether to submit to a DUI blood test such a situation? What if the police have a warrant?

Asbestos-related deaths reaching their peak in the UK

According to the Guardian, the death toll from asbestos-related diseases in the United Kingdom has reached crisis levels. After decisions to allow the use of asbestos between the 1950s and 1970s, the U.K. is experiencing record numbers of deaths from the diseases it causes. Along with Australia, the U.K. has the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world. Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal cancer that is exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.

Don't buy these three bike helmets; they've failed safety tests

When you or your child is riding a bike, it's crucial to wear a helmet. Riding without one risks a serious head injury. Consumer Reports' product safety experts say you should replace the helmets listed below immediately if you have one. However, it's better to ride with a poorly performing helmet than to ride with no helmet.

Peñafiel bottled water recalled for violative arsenic levels

In April, Consumer Reports published an investigation into Peñafiel bottled water, which is produced by Keurig Dr. Pepper. CR's tests discovered, on average, 18.1 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic in Peñafiel, which was tested three times. CR notified Keurig Dr. Pepper, which admitted that its own tests had found similar levels -- 17 ppb. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's standard for arsenic in bottled water is 10 ppb.

SCOTUS: Warrant not needed for blood draw on unconscious driver

In the 2013 case of Missouri v. McNeely, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that subjecting someone to a blood test, which involves a needle stick, is much more intrusive than subjecting them to a breath or urine test. Therefore, it is a more serious intrusion into the person's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Potentially faulty blood test vials could jeopardize DUI cases

At least 7,800 DUI and other cases involving blood tests could be in jeopardy in Houston alone after a recall of blood testing vials. The Houston Forensic Science Center announced recently that a small portion of a lot of 240,000 vials were manufactured without a required preservative that keeps blood from clotting in the vials.

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