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A Monte Carlo mega crash.
Hapless blonde crashes her Bentley into a Merc, Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin -- When in Monte Carlo, everything is done in style. And that includes crashing your car. This was the moment when a woman driver caused a £700,000 five-car pile-up as her Bentley collided with a Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin. Disaster struck as the hapless blonde negotiated the traffic around the Place du Casino in her £250,000 Bentley Azure.

Training is everything.
Report on Air France Crash Points to Pilot Training Issues -- A detailed analysis of the crash of an Air France jet over the Atlantic Ocean two years ago appears to support suggestions by outside experts that fundamental errors by the pilots caused the plane to stall and plummet 38,000 feet into the sea, killing all 228 people aboard. The report, which was released on Friday, stopped short of any final conclusions. But initial findings highlighted by investigators from France's Bureau of Investigations and Analysis indicated that the two co-pilots in the cockpit of the Airbus A330-200 at the time the plane ran into trouble had never been trained to fly the aircraft in manual mode at high altitude, nor had they been instructed how to promptly recognize and respond to a malfunction of their speed sensors at high altitude -- both crucial skills that experts say should have helped them to avert disaster.

A new inspection system.
Study Faults Approval Process for Medical Devices -- In a report, released Friday, a panel of the Institute of Medicine found that the existing rules were never intended to provide safeguards for screening out dangerous or ineffective products. The panel urged the Food and Drug Administration to devise a new regulatory system for the so-called moderate risk devices -- a category that now includes artificial hips, external heart defibrillators and hospital pumps -- because the current system was not fixable.

NO!!! I love Spotify!
Spotify sued over music streaming technology -- Music service Spotify is being sued in the US and Europe for allegedly violating patents held by PacketVideo. The lawsuit claims that Spotify has violated at least two patents owned by PacketVideo that cover methods of streaming music over data networks. The legal action comes barely two weeks after Spotify launched a US version of its music streaming service.

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