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Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Goes from Good to Fair After Trip to NIH

The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) — The condition of nurse Nina Pham, who has become known as Ebola nurse No. 1, has been changed from “good” to “fair, stable” after being transferred to a specialized hospital in Maryland.

But her doctors denied that her health has deteriorated and one doctor was more upbeat saying she’s “doing quite well.”

Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29, are both nurses who have contracted the lethal virus after helping to care for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital.

Vinson has been transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and Pham arrived Thursday night at the National Institutes for Health facility in Maryland.

Pham was listed in good condition when she left Dallas, and shared a YouTube video in which she joked with her doctor.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said Friday “her condition is fair, stable.. she’s resting comfortably.”

Fauci declined to say why she was listed in fair condition, but said she had endured a long trip from Dallas.

“She’s not deteriorating,” Fauci said. He said she is sitting up and “she still has some symptoms” of Ebola.

“She’s very fatigued. This is a disease that wreaks havoc on you…This virus knocks you out,” he said.

Dr. Richard Davy added, “She’s interacting with the staff, she’s eating…I really think she’s doing quite well.”

Meanwhile, authorities have placed travel restrictions on 75 health care workers in Dallas who are being monitored for symptoms, Texas health department officials said.

People who entered Ebola patient Thomas Duncan’s hospital room are being directed not to go to public places such as grocery stores, or travel by plane, ship or train for 21 days after exposure, officials said Thursday night.

The travel restriction was instituted because of Vinson’s situation, authorities acknowledged.

“The direction comes after a health care worker involved in Duncan’s care had been on a flight shortly before diagnosis of the disease,” a statement by the Texas Department of State Health Services reads.

Vinson took a Frontier Airlines plane from Dallas to Cleveland Oct. 10. Three days later, she returned to Dallas on another Frontier Airlines flight. Because of a slightly elevated temperature — 99.5 degrees — she reported the condition before boarding, but it fell below the 100.4 reading for a fever, so she was allowed to board. A fever is one of the symptoms of Ebola, along with diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Vinson arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday morning with a fever and was diagnosed with Ebola in the early hours of Wednesday. She was relocated to Emory University Hospital’s isolation unit in Atlanta Wednesday night.

The situation has prompted Frontier Airlines to contact passengers on seven flights, two flights the nurse took, and five other flights involving the same planes.

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LA Schools Superintendent Quits over Tech Problems

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Embattled Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy stepped down Thursday over two bold technology projects that failed to take flight.

Deasy was the driving force behind a $1.3 billion iPad initiative that screeched to a sudden halt last summer when it was alleged that he and others had links to Apple and Pearson, the suppliers for the iPads’ curriculum materials. The program is now under investigation.

Meanwhile, another project called MisSIS, a $130 million student record system, didn’t get off the ground either. As a result, students at one high school were left in academic limbo for weeks this fall before they eventually got their class assignments.

Another issue that may have compelled Deasy to quit was his battle with the teacher’s union over his support of a court ruling that effectively did away with tenure in the state.

In his resignation letter, Deasy chose to focus on his accomplishments since being hired in 2011, citing improved graduation and attendance in Los Angeles schools and higher math and English scores.

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LA Schools Superintendent Quits over Tech Problems

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Embattled Los Angeles Schools Superintendent John Deasy stepped down Thursday over two bold technology projects that failed to take flight.

Deasy was the driving force behind a $1.3 billion iPad initiative that screeched to a sudden halt last summer when it was alleged that he and others had links to Apple and Pearson, the suppliers for the iPads’ curriculum materials. The program is now under investigation.

Meanwhile, another project called MisSIS, a $130 million student record system, didn’t get off the ground either. As a result, students at one high school were left in academic limbo for weeks this fall before they eventually got their class assignments.

Another issue that may have compelled Deasy to quit was his battle with the teacher’s union over his support of a court ruling that effectively did away with tenure in the state.

In his resignation letter, Deasy chose to focus on his accomplishments since being hired in 2011, citing improved graduation and attendance in Los Angeles schools and higher math and English scores.

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Nurse With Ebola Jokes With Physician Before Leaving Dallas Hospital

Courtesy Pham Family(DALLAS) — One of the nurses infected with the Ebola virus after treating another Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas arrived at the National Institutes of Health clinical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday night, where she will receive further treatment.

Nina Pham, the first of two nurses to contract Ebola in the United States, joked with her physician before beginning her trip to the National Institutes of Health clinical center in Bethesda.

Dr. Gary Weinstein recorded his conversation with Pham, 26, before she left Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

“Thanks for getting well. Thanks for being part of the volunteer team,” Weinstein told Pham. “We’re really proud of you.”

“Come to Maryland, everybody,” she said.

Pham contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was diagnosed Sunday.

Duncan, a Liberian national, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States Sept. 30. He died on Oct. 8.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital requested that Pham be moved to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the NIH Clinical Center, according to a statement from the NIH.

“She will receive state-of-the-art care in this high-level containment facility, which is one of a small number of such facilities in the United States,” according to the statement. “The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.”

Pham asked the hospital to release a statement on her behalf, saying that she is “so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and family, my coworkers and complete strangers.”

“I feel very blessed, and have gained strength from their support. I appreciate everything that my coworkers have done to care for me at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. I’m doing really well thanks to this team, which is the best in the world. I believe in my talented coworkers,” Pham’s statement continued.

The Dallas hospital asked to move Pham because the Ebola situation left it short-staffed, the hospital said in a statement.

“With many of the medical professionals who would normally staff the intensive care unit sidelined for continuous monitoring, it is in the best interest of Nina, hospital employees, nurses, physicians and the community to give the hospital an opportunity to prepare for whatever comes next,” the statement said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said the Bethesda isolation facility where Pham is headed has only two beds.

“She will occupy one of them,” Fauci said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said the move would help the hospital deal with any other new patients and to carefully monitor the 50 health care workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who might have been exposed to Ebola and need to be carefully monitored.

Another nurse who treated Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola Wednesday. Amber Vinson, 29, arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday morning with a fever and was diagnosed with Ebola in the early hours of Wednesday morning. She was relocated to Emory University Hospital’s isolation unit Wednesday night.

Earlier this week, Pham’s and Vinson’s co-workers accused the hospital of sloppy protocols and failing to train and equip them properly to handle Duncan, leaving them vulnerable to Ebola. They released a statement through the National Nurses’ Union.

“Nurses had to interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available, at a time when he had copious amounts of diarrhea and vomiting which produces a lot of contagious fluids,” the statement reads.

The hospital has insisted it complied with safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Nurse With Ebola Jokes With Physician Before Leaving Dallas Hospital

Courtesy Pham Family(DALLAS) — One of the nurses infected with the Ebola virus after treating another Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas arrived at the National Institutes of Health clinical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday night, where she will receive further treatment.

Nina Pham, the first of two nurses to contract Ebola in the United States, joked with her physician before beginning her trip to the National Institutes of Health clinical center in Bethesda.

Dr. Gary Weinstein recorded his conversation with Pham, 26, before she left Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

“Thanks for getting well. Thanks for being part of the volunteer team,” Weinstein told Pham. “We’re really proud of you.”

“Come to Maryland, everybody,” she said.

Pham contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was diagnosed Sunday.

Duncan, a Liberian national, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States Sept. 30. He died on Oct. 8.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital requested that Pham be moved to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the NIH Clinical Center, according to a statement from the NIH.

“She will receive state-of-the-art care in this high-level containment facility, which is one of a small number of such facilities in the United States,” according to the statement. “The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola.”

Pham asked the hospital to release a statement on her behalf, saying that she is “so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from friends and family, my coworkers and complete strangers.”

“I feel very blessed, and have gained strength from their support. I appreciate everything that my coworkers have done to care for me at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. I’m doing really well thanks to this team, which is the best in the world. I believe in my talented coworkers,” Pham’s statement continued.

The Dallas hospital asked to move Pham because the Ebola situation left it short-staffed, the hospital said in a statement.

“With many of the medical professionals who would normally staff the intensive care unit sidelined for continuous monitoring, it is in the best interest of Nina, hospital employees, nurses, physicians and the community to give the hospital an opportunity to prepare for whatever comes next,” the statement said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said the Bethesda isolation facility where Pham is headed has only two beds.

“She will occupy one of them,” Fauci said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said the move would help the hospital deal with any other new patients and to carefully monitor the 50 health care workers from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who might have been exposed to Ebola and need to be carefully monitored.

Another nurse who treated Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola Wednesday. Amber Vinson, 29, arrived at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday morning with a fever and was diagnosed with Ebola in the early hours of Wednesday morning. She was relocated to Emory University Hospital’s isolation unit Wednesday night.

Earlier this week, Pham’s and Vinson’s co-workers accused the hospital of sloppy protocols and failing to train and equip them properly to handle Duncan, leaving them vulnerable to Ebola. They released a statement through the National Nurses’ Union.

“Nurses had to interact with Mr. Duncan with whatever protective equipment was available, at a time when he had copious amounts of diarrhea and vomiting which produces a lot of contagious fluids,” the statement reads.

The hospital has insisted it complied with safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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New Apple and Google Products Could Be Public Safety Hazard, FBI Chief Warns

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The latest Apple technology on your iPhone could mean that murders could go unsolved and kidnapped children might not be rescued, the head of the FBI warned Thursday.

“We’re seeing more and more cases where we believe significant evidence resides on a phone or a laptop, but we can’t crack the password,” FBI Director Jim Comey said during a speech in Washington. “If this becomes the norm…justice may be denied.”

Specifically, Comey said he is “deeply concerned” about what’s known as “going dark” — operating systems being developed by companies such as Apple and Google that automatically encrypt information on their devices. And that means even the companies themselves won’t be able to unlock phones, laptops and other devices so law enforcement can access emails, photos or other evidence that could be crucial to a case, according to Comey.

It “has created a significant public safety problem,” particularly when it comes to investigating crime and stopping terrorist attacks, he said.

“Criminals and terrorists would like nothing more than for us to miss out,” Comey said. “And the more we as a society rely on these devices, the more important they are to law enforcement and public safety officials.”

Comey, however, didn’t place full blame with companies like Apple and Google for creating devices with such encryption. They were “responding to what they perceive is a market demand” from the general public, which has grown “mistrustful of government” in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures of secret government surveillance.

Encryption “is a marketing pitch,” Comey said. “But it will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at all levels. Sophisticated criminals will come to count on these means of evading detection. It’s the equivalent of a closet that can’t be opened. A safe that can’t be cracked. And my question is, at what cost?”

Comey said the public has come to believe “a fair number of misconceptions” about what information the government collects and how it’s collected.

“Some believe that the FBI has these phenomenal capabilities to access any information at any time,” he said. “It may be true in the movies or on TV. It is simply not the case in real life.”

In real life, he said, the government’s collection activities are executed “with clear guidance and strict oversight,” and with a federal judge’s approval.

Asked about Comey’s remarks, Google said its emerging products will provide “added security” to users “while giving law enforcement appropriate access when presented with a warrant.”

“Encryption is simply the 21st century method of protecting personal documents,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “[And] while we won’t be able to provide encryption keys to unlock phone data directly, there are still a number of avenues to obtain data through legal channels.”

One possible way to still obtain a user’s data is through “the cloud” — but a user has to be uploading information to it for that to be effective. Data on the phone itself, however, cannot be unencrypted by even Google or other companies, one business insider said.

Accordingly, Comey insisted that even if a judge gives the government a green light to access certain information or communications, “we often lack the technical ability to do so.”

Privacy advocates in Washington objected to Comey’s remarks, with the American Civil Liberties Union calling them “wrong” and the Electronic Privacy Information Center calling them “surprising” and “disturbing.”

The American Civil Liberties Union said law enforcement can do its job while also respecting Americans’ privacy rights, noting that U.S. law “explicitly” gives companies the right to add completely secure encryption into their devices.

“[A]ny effort by the FBI to weaken encryption leaves our highly personal information and our business information vulnerable to hacking by foreign governments and criminals,” Laura Murphy with the ACLU in Washington said in a statement. “We applaud tech leaders like Apple and Google that are unwilling to weaken security for everyone to allow the government yet another tool in its already vast surveillance arsenal.”

Similarly, in a message to fellow privacy advocates after Comey’s remarks, the head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center emphasized that law enforcement now “has many more tools than it did 20 years ago,” particularly with help from the National Security Agency, Snowden’s former employer.

Nevertheless, the FBI director said he hopes to start a national conversation about the matter so that the FBI and other law enforcement have the tools “we need to do the job you have entrusted us to do,” namely “keep every American safe from crime and terrorism.”

He urged the public to debate whether U.S. law should require technology companies to build lawful intercept capabilities into their devices.

“We aren’t seeking to expand our authority to intercept communications. We are struggling to keep up with changing technology,” Comey said.

“If a suspected criminal is in his car, and he switches from cellular coverage to Wi-Fi, we may be out of luck,” Comey added. “If he switches from one app to another, or from cellular voice service to a voice or messaging app, we may lose him. What if he has a kidnapped child in his car? We may not have the capability to quickly switch lawful surveillance between devices, methods and networks. The bad guys know this. They’re taking advantage of it every day.”

Comey cited several real-world examples to illustrate what’s at stake, including a case fully adjudicated this year involving a known sex offender in Louisiana who enticed a 12-year-old boy to meet him and then killed the boy. The suspect tried to alter and delete evidence on his phone, but authorities were able to access the content and prosecute him. He was sentenced to death in April.

Asked by ABC News whether he knew of any real-world cases where someone was rescued from danger but might not have been had Apple or Google devices blocked law enforcement access, Comey said he did not know of any but added, “Logic tells me there are going to be cases just like that.”

Comey’s remarks came hours before Apple announced a slate of new products and software at an event at its corporate campus in Cupertino, California.

Apple did not immediately respond to emails from ABC News seeking comment for this article.

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Ebola-Stricken Nurse May Have Had Symptoms as Early as Friday: CDC Official

Akron Public Schools(DALLAS) — The second nurse at a Dallas hospital that contracted Ebola may have showed signs of the deadly virus as early as last Friday — days before previously thought by health care officials, according to a CDC official in Ohio.

Dr. Chris Braden of the CDC, speaking at a news conference Thursday, said officials are looking into a new timeline.

“[We have] started to look at the possibility that she had symptoms going back as far as Saturday … which has to do with the bridal shop. But some more information that’s come through recently, we can’t rule out that she might have had the start of her illness Friday. We need to back now to the flight on [Oct.] 10th to give our investigation the right context.”

A CDC spokesperson told ABC News that Vinson was ‘feeling unwell’ before she flew to Cleveland.

However “out of an abundance of caution” they are backing up the time frame for their investigation and will be contacting all passengers on the flight from Dallas to Cleveland, the spokesperson added.

Frontier Airlines confirms that they are alerting passengers from the Dallas-Cleveland flight Vinson took on October 10.

This comes as officials said that Vinson visited a bridal shop in Ohio. Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Akron is now closed, but owner Anna Younker said Vinson, 29, now in isolation in Atlanta, was at the shop on Saturday so her friends could get measured and look at bridesmaid dresses.

Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Akron is now closed, but owner Anna Younker said Amber Vinson, 29, now in isolation in Atlanta, was at the shop on Saturday so her friends could get measured and look at bridesmaid dresses.

Vinson, who bought her own wedding dress at the store last summer, wasn’t showing any symptoms and was nice, calm and soft-spoken, Younker recalled.

A sales worker at the bridal shop noticed Vinson’s photo on the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Younker and her workers not to worry in a series of phone calls, explaining that the woman was not contagious during her visit.

However, county health officials suggested they clean the store with regular household products, Younker said.

As a result, she closed the bridal shop on Thursday.

This comes as public health officials in Ohio retraced Vinson’s steps. Vinson spent most of her time with her family near Akron, after flying there from Texas, Summit County Public Health officials said Thursday morning during a news conference.

Vinson’s temperature was 99.5 degrees — below the 100.4 reading for a fever, according to a federal official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — before boarding a passenger flight on Monday to return to Dallas.

The officials said that Vinson had not visited restaurants, grocery stores or football games while in Ohio.

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Ahead of Halloween, TSA Asks Passengers to Check-In Fake Weaponry

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This Halloween, the Transportation Security Administration asks that you leave your pitchfork at home. Or at the very least, put it in your checked luggage.

That’s because fake weaponry — including pretend grenades, chainsaws, machetes, axes, swords and “other realistic weapons”– are not allowed in carry-on luggage.

In a post Wednesday, Bob Burns of the TSA Blog Team writes, “Most replica weapons can be transported in your checked baggage, but it’s never OK to pack anything that looks like (to include but not limited to) explosives such as grenades, land mines, rocket launchers, shells and bombs. Even if it’s a replica, anything resembling an explosive is treated as the real deal until the explosives experts can prove otherwise, which often leads to delayed flights or baggage.”

But what about costumes?

The TSA tells ABC News that costumes, as long as they are treated as any clothing would be (for example, jacket or shoe removal before screening) are fine to fly. But no masks will be allowed at security checkpoints, as agents need to verify the photo matches the passenger when checking ID and boarding pass. For the same reason, face paint won’t fly.

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Dallas Nurse with Ebola Visited Bridal Shop in Ohio

Akron Public Schools(DALLAS) — The Dallas nurse who flew to Ohio before being diagnosed with Ebola visited a bridal shop along with seven bridesmaids, the store confirmed to ABC News Thursday.

Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal in Akron is now closed, but owner Anna Younker said Amber Vinson, 29, now in isolation in Atlanta, was at the shop on Saturday so her friends could get measured and look at bridesmaid dresses.

Vinson, who bought her own wedding dress at the store last summer, wasn’t showing any symptoms and was nice, calm and soft-spoken, Younker recalled.

A sales worker at the bridal shop noticed Vinson’s photo on the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Younker and her workers not to worry in a series of phone calls, explaining that the woman was not contagious during her visit.

However, county health officials suggested they clean the store with regular household products, Younker said.

As a result, she closed the bridal shop on Thursday.

This comes as public health officials in Ohio retraced Vinson’s steps. Vinson spent most of her time with her family near Akron, after flying there from Texas, Summit County Public Health officials said Thursday morning during a news conference.

Vinson’s temperature was 99.5 degrees — below the 100.4 reading for a fever, according to a federal official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — before boarding a passenger flight on Monday to return to Dallas.

The officials said that Vinson had not visited restaurants, grocery stores or football games while in Ohio.

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Four States Have Suspended Use of Controversial Guardrail

iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia has become the fourth state to halt the use of a controversial guardrail system that it says was never approved for use on its roadways and is now at the center of a contentious safety lawsuit.

A letter from Virginia’s State Construction Engineer in the Virginia Department of Transportation to its area engineers says that after a version of the guardrail system was approved for use in 2000, the guardrail maker, Trinity Industries, changed the design of the guardrail in 2005, including reducing the width of a piece in the guardrail’s end terminal from five inches to four, and “did not notify the Department of the modification.”

“Due to this modification, any Trinity ET-Plus terminals with 4″ channels are not, and have never been, approved for use in Virginia,” says the letter, obtained by ABC News. “Effective immediately, on any contract that includes installing Alternate Breakaway Cable Terminal (GR-9), if the Contractor is planning to use Trinity’s ET-Plus that has 4″ channels, that material is not approved for use and is not to be used.”

The letter follows another from the VDOT, this one from Oct. 10 and directed at the Texas-based Trinity Industries, that criticized the company for making “undisclosed modifications to the ET-Plus in 2005” and offering the company an ultimatum: Prove through crash tests that that modified system is safe by the end of next week, or the guardrails will not be used on Virginia roadways. The more recent letter to the Virginia contractors stipulates that those who have already purchased the ET-Plus system for new projects can wait until a “short time after” Oct. 24 to see if they end up approved for use by the VDOT.

The 2005 design change to the guardrail end terminal, which was not disclosed to the federal government at the time, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September following allegations from crash victims that the modifications made the safety devices more dangerous, contributing to severed limbs and deaths in auto accidents. Specifically, the victims allege that when a vehicle hits the front of the modified guardrail, rather than absorbing the impact and ribboning outwards, the guardrail “locks up” and spears right through the car and its occupants.

Prior to the Virginia order, Massachusetts, Missouri and Nevada each announced they were halting the use of ET-Plus while they investigate further.

The president of Trinity Highway Products, Gregory Mitchell, said Thursday that the states’ stances were “based on an administrative error.”

Previously, Trinity admitted it “inadvertently omitted” the design documents that would have notified the government of the change in 2005. The company says it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity of the ET-Plus system.” The company also notes that the Federal Highway Administration has repeatedly accepted the ET-Plus system for eligibility on the nation’s highways.

Josh Harman, a competitor of Trinity’s, is currently suing the company in Texas, alleging that Trinity defrauded the government by not disclosing the design changes. A damage expert called by the plaintiff told the court Wednesday that should the jury decide it was fraud, the damages would be at least $175 million to the federal government, which reimburses states for installing the guardrails.

Mitchell, who testified in his company’s defense Thursday, declined to answer additional questions posed by ABC News outside the courtroom Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the court saw crash test video that showed a different configuration of the ET-Plus system, which the company said was “experimental,” repeatedly failing when hit by small passenger cars. The video was never shared with government safety officials.

Harman’s team argued that since the experimental configuration still used the four-inch end terminal, it showed the flaws in that piece, which is used on roads across the country. In a statement to ABC News late Wednesday, Trinity argued the version of the guardrail shown in the crash test video, which it described as a “flared ET,” was not the same as the ET-Plus system and never made it on the road.

“The experimental testing of the flared end terminal conducted by TTI was purely a research and development project and was never submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for acceptance. By introducing this research and development activity and suggesting that the testing was tied to the testing of the ET-Plus, Mr. Harman continues to try to establish a negative image of Trinity to the jury,” a representative for Trinity said in a statement to ABC News late Wednesday. “By presenting sensational videos of the flared end terminal testing, Mr. Harman is simply distorting the facts. The flared end terminal was never manufactured, sold or installed on the nation’s highways.”

More recently, when questions were raised over the ET-Plus system in 2012, Trinity turned over to the federal government videos of other crash tests it had done on the ET-Plus system in 2005 and 2010, which the company says show the guardrails functioning properly.

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