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Good news, bad news in giant Takata air bag settlement

Over the past few years, Eastern Kentucky media outlets have reported on the deaths and injuries resulting from failures of Takata air bags. The good news is that the Japanese manufacturer has reached a $650 million settlement of the claims. Bad news: according to reports, the company's financial woes means that less than one-fourth of the amount will go to consumers.

Man walks around with metal in his stomach for four years

After having surgery in 2013, Glenford Turner discovered the Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut had unknowingly sent him home with a special gift. Four years later Turner went in for an MRI for a separate medical issue. Doctors quickly found a sharp metal  instrument had been left inside the man's body. The machine's magnetic field made the five-inch scalpel handle move in his stomach. According to a study cited by the Washington Post, in the United States, approximately 4,500 and 6,000 times per year a foreign object is left behind during a procedure.

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