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EPA: Military tenants weren’t told of lead risks.
Housing providers at U.S. Navy bases in Connecticut and Maine failed to notify military families about potential hazards from lead-based paint, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said January 10. Northeast Housing LLC and Balfour Beatty Military Housing Management LLC face a possible fine of $153,070 for allegedly violating disclosure laws at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticitut, and at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the EPA said. Housing at both bases is owned by Northeast, a joint venture between the Navy and Balfour Beatty Communities LLC. Three renters in Groton and 10 in Portsmouth were not provided with available records and reports regarding lead paint, according to the EPA. Seven of the renters had families with children younger than 6.

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12 infected with new swine flu strain.
At least 12 people are believed to have been infected with a new strain of swine flu that is not covered by this season’s vaccine, U.S. News and World Report reported January 11. The new swine flu strain, H3N2v, has shown at least some potential for human-to-human transmission in those 12 individuals, which makes it especially dangerous. The 12 people with the new swine flu strain live in Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Officials for the Centers for Disease Control said the sample size of H3N2 infections is too small to know whether it will pose a threat to the population at large.

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Southwest says it’s helping investigate close call.
Southwest Airlines said it is cooperating with federal officials investigating a close call on a runway in Chicago last month. A Southwest plane that had just landed at Midway Airport was preparing to cross a runway when the co-pilot yelled at the pilot to stop to avoid a smaller jet that was taking off. Federal officials said air traffic controllers did not cancel the smaller jet’s takeoff clearance or tell the Southwest plane to stop. The planes came within less than 300 feet of each other during the December 1 incident. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declined to say whether it took action against any air traffic controllers. The FAA judged the incident to be less serious than a near-collision, instead categorizing it as one in which there was ample distance between planes to avoid a crash.

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Police: 2 stole $250,000 in copper wire, tools.
Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges against two Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, men accused of stealing copper wiring from electrical substations and cell phone towers across a four-county area, WHTM 27 Harrisburg reported January 11. The men were also charged with stealing tools, generators, and landscape lights from businesses in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties between March and September. Police said the thefts cost the companies a combined total of more than $250,000, and caused severe damage to the electrical integrity of the substations and towers. The men face more than 150 counts each including theft, conspiracy, burglary, and receiving stolen property.

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