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W.Virginia spill shows vulnerability of water supply
Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:15

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's a nightmare scenario that became all too real in West Virginia: a chemical seeped into the water supply and threatened to sicken hundreds of thousands of people.

While no one became seriously ill from last week's chemical spill, some homeland security experts said the emergency was proof the United States has not done nearly enough to protect water systems from accidental spills or deliberate contamination.

Officials found out about the spill when people started calling in complaints about a strong licorice-type smell in the air. West Virginia American Water, which supplies 300,000 people with water in the central part of the state, said it would not have detected the chemical because it's not a substance utilities test for. Before the spill, no standards existed for measuring the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, in water, the utility said.

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Report: Systemic failures led to Benghazi attacks
Written by BY KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

The intelligence community didn't send enough warnings, the State Department didn't take the warnings it did get seriously enough, and the military was caught flat-footed when called on to rescue those in need, according to a long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, information technology specialist Sean Smith and CIA security contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty died in the attacks that took place Sept. 11-12, 2012.

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Pot amnesty boxes going up at Colorado airport
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:57

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Amnesty boxes are going up at the Colorado Springs airport for those who didn't realize that it's illegal to carry pot on a plane.

Under the Colorado law legalizing recreational marijuana, it is legal to leave the drug in a parked car at the airport. Bringing marijuana inside is, however, prohibited. Officials are encouraging people to leave their marijuana behind, but they also want to help people who broke the law and don't want to miss their flights. Installation of the boxes begins on Wednesday.

According to KKTV-TV (http://tinyurl.com/mju3yna ), the ban on pot at the airport applies to both recreational and medical marijuana. If passengers are caught trying to bring pot onto a plane, they could face up to $2,500 in fines and possible jail time.

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Information from: KKTV-TV, http://www.kktv.com/


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Cheating alleged in U.S. nuclear missile force
Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what may be the biggest such scandal in Air Force history, 34 officers entrusted with land-based nuclear missiles have been pulled off the job for alleged involvement in a cheating ring that officials say was uncovered during a drug probe.

The 34 are suspected of cheating several months ago on a routine proficiency test that includes checking missile launch officers' knowledge of how to handle an "emergency war order," which is the term for the authorization required to launch a nuclear weapon.

The cheating scandal is the latest in a series of Air Force nuclear stumbles documented in recent months by The Associated Press, including deliberate violations of safety rules, failures of inspections, breakdowns in training, and evidence that the men and women who operate the missiles from underground command posts are suffering burnout. In October the general who commands the nuclear missile force was fired for engaging in embarrassing behavior, including drunkenness, while leading a U.S. delegation to a nuclear exercise in Russia.

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Four rescued from disabled sailboat in Atlantic
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:19

 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted four people from a disabled sailboat about 300 miles off Virginia's coast.

The 42-foot Be Good Too was headed to the British Virgin Islands from New York when the crew contacted the Coast Guard on Monday. The Coast Guard says the crew reported that the sailboat was disabled and adrift.

Because of the distance, the Coast Guard says responding with a cutter wasn't feasible. The Navy sent the USS Ross to serve as a refueling platform for the helicopter.

The sailboat's crew was rescued around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Matthew Brooks with the Coast Guard's 5th District Command Center says in a news release that the Coast Guard didn't want to transfer the crew from the sailboat at night because it would be risky.


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