Vehicle crashes cost $871
billion in a year
New York Times: The economic and social harm from motor vehicle
crashes amounted to $871 billion in a single year, according to a study
released Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The
study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999
people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged.
Sriracha plant to stay in
Public Radio: The Sriracha-slurping public no longer has to worry
about hoarding bottles of the spicy stuff: There will be hot sauce tomorrow and
for the foreseeable future. Sriracha will continue to be made in the
state-of-the-art plant David Tran built in Irwindale, Calif. And residents near
the plant who complained about spicy odors when chilies for the famous hot
sauce were ground (from roughly August to October, during harvest season)
should now be able to breathe more easily.
U.S. consumer spending
takes a breather, inflation rising
U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in a year in April, but there
are signs inflation is stirring, with an inflation gauge rising at its quickest
pace since November 2012. The U.S. Commerce Department said today that consumer
spending slipped 0.1 percent after rising by a revised 1 percent in March,
which was the largest gain since August 2009. Last month's decline was the
first since April of last year.