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A duck boat that sank in Branson, Mo. in July 2018 is raised after it went down in thunderstorm, killing 17 people. The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released a "Safety Recommendation Report" on the accident. The NTSB says the Coast Guard has repeatedly ignored safety recommendations that could have made tourist duck boats safer and potentially prevented the accident. – Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP

NTSB: Coast Guard ignored duck boat safety proposals

Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year’s Missouri accident that killed 17 people.
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Fight over cable bills between village, Kane County settled

A state appeals panel ruled Monday that more than $283,000 in cable franchise fees paid to Kane County actually belong to the small village of Campton Hills.
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Park district not at fault for 'freak' cardiac incident

A Cook County jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of the Des Plaines Park District after a 28-year-old woman died from a cardiac event while working out at its facility.

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Buyer finds little relief in aloe lawsuit

Jennifer Parrott’s three-count federal complaint against Family Dollar Inc. for breach of warranty (express and implied) and violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act alleged that there was no aloe in the “Tropic Sun Aloe Vera Gel” she purchased from the retailer — although the product’s front label said “made with 100% pure aloe”; the list of ingredients included “aloe barbadensis leaf juice”; and the back label proclaimed “made from fresh aloe vera leaves.”

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