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Intel Briefing – October 2011

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Former NASA, DOD scientist pleads guilty to attempted spying for Israel.
A former government scientist who ran many highly classified projects for NASA, the Defense Department, and the Department of Energy pleaded guilty September 7 to attempted espionage for his efforts to sell classified information to Israel. The man, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, was arrested October 19, 2009, in Washington, D.C. by the FBI after he believed he was meeting with Israeli intelligence agents to pass information to them in exchange for money.

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Hair straightener contains dangerous chemicals, FDA says.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to the makers of Brazilian Blowout saying the product contains dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. The National Cancer Institute calls the chemical a cancer-causing substance. The company says the product is safe and that it is working with the FDA to clear up the “misunderstanding.” Brazilian Blowout is marketed as formaldehyde free, but an FDA analysis found unacceptably high levels of methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde. The investigation of Brazilian Blowout was prompted by complaints from an Oregon hair stylist who said she suffered chest and throat pain and nosebleeds after using the product. The FDA said other complaints have included eye irritation, blurred vision, nausea, rashes, and vomiting.

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Chevron, California settle on gas tank allegations.
San Ramon-based Chevron and California officials have reached a $24.5 million settlement over allegations that the oil giant violated state laws by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground gas tanks. California’s attorney general said since 1998, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Chevron Stations Inc. violated anti-pollution laws by tampering with or disabling leak-detection devices. The attorney general said the company also failed to test secondary containment systems, conduct monthly inspections, train employees, and maintain alarm systems at gas stations in 32 counties across California.

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