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September 2016 Archives

Startup company says patch can prevent drunk driving

When groups of people go out for drinks in New York, one person in the group may volunteer to be the designated driver. If abstaining from alcohol is difficult, a designated driver could slip up and drive drunk. Now, a startup company has invented a product that can easily test a person's alcohol consumption to make sure that they are OK to drive.

New spit test could identify marijuana intoxication in drivers

The first practical roadside test with the capability to identify motorists who may be driving under the influence of marijuana is in the works, and it could potentially impact drivers in New York and elsewhere across the country soon. Researchers at Stanford University are combining magnetic nanotechnology with a time-tested biochemical technique in order to develop a device that could measure a driver's marijuana intoxication during a traffic stop as effectively as a Breathalyzer might measure alcohol intoxication in the field.

Grand jury indicts fifth suspect in Cuomo aide murder

One year after a legal aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot and killed in Brooklyn, a fifth suspect has been indicted by a grand jury. The 31-year-old accused gang member was taken into custody in California and then extradited to New York on Sept. 10. He now faces charges of second-degree murder and a sentence of 25 years to life if convicted.

White-collar securities and commodities crimes

New York residents are likely familiar with the concept of white-collar crime that involves fraud by those in the business or financial sectors. One type of white-collar crime is securities and commodities fraud, and this involves various schemes related to investments and the stock market.

Three questions about money laundering

You may wonder why you should care about money laundering. The fact is having a basic understanding of white collar crimes is beneficial to everyone. This includes entrepreneurs aiming to set up a successful business endeavor and associates within a business working to build their career. Regardless of your status in the business world, having a basic understanding of these crimes can help you to ensure you are not balancing too closely to the edge between legal and illegal practices.

Study examines way to curb underage drinking

New York parents may be interested to learn that a study examining underage drinking found that teenagers and young adults who came from households with clear rules about alcohol usage were less likely to drink. The study surveyed more than 1,100 teenagers and young adults and found that about 58 percent of households had rules about alcohol usage.

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