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Special restrictions on new drivers scrutinized after accident

Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. Presently in Connecticut special restriction apply to all new 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers. Connecticut law states that in the first six months after getting a driver's license, 16-year-old and 17-year-old teens can only drive a car when a parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver's license is with them in the car. After the six month period tolls, 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers may drive with their parent and can also have other immediate family members, such as a sibling, in the vehicle they are operating.

Airbag Recall Widens to 34 Million Cars as Takata Admits Defects

The Japanese company Takata admitted that its airbags were defective and agreed to double the number of vehicles recalled in the United States, to nearly 34 million - or about one in seven of the more than 250 million vehicles on American roads - making it the largest automotive recall in American history. Takata is one of the largest suppliers of airbags in the world. The airbags can explode violently when they deploy, sending shrapnel flying into a car's passenger compartment. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the flaw. For more information click on, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/business/takata-airbag-recall.html?_r=1 and to see if you vehicle is effected http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-your-takata-air-bag-under-recall/

What to know about child sexual abuse in Connecticut

Connecticut residents may find it helpful to learn that the non-profit organization Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services Inc. has put together helpful information for parents and guardians on what sexual abuse is, what signs a child may exhibit, what steps they can take to prevent child sexual abuse and how to help a child who may have experienced it.

CT based health insurer reduces coverage for risky procedure

Today, a hysterectomy, which is the removal of a woman's uterus by surgical methods, is considered to be a routine procedure. However, following warnings from the Federal Drug Administration regarding the use of laparoscopic power morcellators, the Hartford, Connecticut based health insurer Aetna announced that it would end coverage of hysterectomies performed by the morcellators because of the risk the procedure poses for spreading cancer.

Who addresses elder abuse after it is reported?

As people retire and age, they may be concered with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.

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