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By Robert Geimer

The U.S. Government has announced it reached a settlement with a New York Hospital over claims the hospital allowed television crews to violate patient privacy.  According to the announcement, New York Presbyterian Hospital will pay $2.2 million in fines for allowing crews of ABC television series “NY Med” virtually “unfettered access” to private patient information and for filming patients in distress without their consent.  The HHS Office of Civil Rights called the violations “egregious.”  As part of the settlement, the hospital will be monitored for two years to ensure that it fully complies with patient privacy.

By Patrick Giese

Early this morning a small twin-engine plane reported engine problems and crashed into a neighborhood near Midway Airport in Chicago. The pilot of the plane radioed into Midway that he was experiencing engine problems on his way to Ohio State University Airport when he decided to turn around. Shortly after, the plane crashed into an elderly folk’s home on South Knox Avenue. Unfortunately, the pilot was found dead on the scene. The elderly couple, however, was not injured. Currently, the cause of the crash is unknown. Preliminary reports may be released this week, but a full report may not be available for six months to a year, according to an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.

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