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VA Hospital Closes Operating Rooms Due to Air Duct Particles

NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — All five operating rooms at a Long Island veterans hospital are closed due to sand-sized black particles falling from air ducts. The New York Times reported May 20 that the operating rooms at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center were closed in February. Several of them were reopened for a few […]

Native American Site May Delay $3.8B Pipeline

By David Pitt DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Discovery of an archaeological site that may have cultural significance to Native Americans could further delay construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline if government officials require the route to be moved. Houston-based Dakota Access LLC wants to build the pipeline — designed to carry a half-million […]

Hammond Wants to Test Odor That’s Sickened Residents

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Hammond officials want to test a petroleum odor that caused throats to burn and eyes to water in Hammond and East Chicago last month. Hammond is offering its summa canisters, which are used for air testing, to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in an effort to pinpoint the odor, Hammond […]

Protesters Gather at 2 Oil Refineries in Washington State

By Phuong Le SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of people in kayaks and on foot are gathering at the site of two oil refineries in Washington state to call for action on climate change and a fair transition away from fossil fuels. The three-day event starting Friday includes “kayaktivists” floating in kayaks, as well as community […]

George Washington Bridge to Get $1 Billion, 8-Year Makeover

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is starting a $1 billion project next year to give the George Washington Bridge a much-needed overhaul. The eight-year project will replace each of the span’s 592 original suspender ropes and rehabilitate the 85-year-old bridge’s four main cables, The Record reported. […]