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West Virginia bill signed to regulate storage tanks after spill

(Reuters) - West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday signed a bill regulating above-ground chemical storage tanks, a measure prompted by a spill in January that tainted water supplies for some 300,000 people. The new law requires above-ground tanks in critical areas near public water supplies to be registered with the state Department of Environmental Protection, which will perform annual inspections.

GSK reports tampering of some bottles of weight-loss drug

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc said some bottles of its weight-loss drug Alli bought in the United States had been tampered with and that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was investigating. Consumers reported that some bottles bought in stores in seven states contained products other than the drug, the company said on Wednesday.

Milk Carton 2.0 enlists social media users to help find missing kids

TORONTO - Backers of a technology billed as the 21st century version of the milk carton are trying to get more Canadians to sign up to receive information designed to help locate missing children. Milk Carton 2.0 was developed by Grey Canada and allows participants and their social networks to spread the word about missing children in their geographic area. By registering for Milk Carton 2.0 (www.valuableproject.ca), participants authorize the Missing Children Society of Canada to post Amber Alerts to their social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare.

San Francisco moves closer to banning plastic water bottles

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco moved to restrict the sale of plastic water bottles on city property on Tuesday, the first such action by a major U.S. municipality and the latest in a string of waste-reduction measures that included a ban on plastic grocery bags. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to begin phasing out the sale and distribution of water in single-use plastic bottles on city-owned or leased land next fall, and to ban future water bottle purchases with city funds.

W.Va. official: Email from company shows it knew immediately that 2nd chemical was in spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The company at the centre of the West Virginia water crisis immediately knew a second chemical leaked from its plant into the Elk River, and told its workers in an email, according to a state environmental official. However, Freedom Industries did not let state government officials know about the second chemical right away. And state environmental department official Mike Dorsey said Thursday that most company employees did not skim far enough into the email to see that information.

Company in West Virginia spill failed to disclose second chemical

By Ian Simpson The company behind a chemical spill that left about 300,000 people in West Virginia without tap water failed to disclose a second chemical in the leak, state officials said on Wednesday. The company, Freedom Industries, had previously said that only one chemical, crude MCHM, had spilled from one of its storage tanks into the Elk River at Charleston on January 9.

Workers recover body of man buried in Wash. grain silo collapse

ROY, Wash. - Emergency crews have recovered the body of a feed mill worker who was buried Monday under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo, a fire chief said late Wednesday night. The body of Steve Green, 44, was recovered about 10 p.m., South Pierce Fire Green's wife, three daughters and son were present when his body was found, the chief said. After the damaged area at the Wilcox Farms feed mill was stabilized Wednesday, two eight-person crews alternated shifts, working late into the night to vacuum up hundreds of tons of corn, Vellias said.

Snoozing B.C. tot can't outfox police dog in high stakes game of hide and seek

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The mother of a young boy has a police dog in Prince George, B.C., to thank for tracking her five-year-old — or she could have waited until naptime was over. The anxious mom called police when she couldn't find her son and concern grew as three RCMP officers unsuccessfully searched the home in the north central B.C. city, even moving a large dresser to check for the boy.

Toddler puts hands into pail with dirty needles in Saskatchewan hospital

OUTLOOK, Sask. - Petrina Kuzyk wants changes made at a Saskatchewan hospital after she says her toddler put her tiny hands into a garbage pail and got stuck with a dirty needle. Kuzyk said 19-month-old Janaeya squealed in delight when she discovered the yellow hazardous-waste bucket in the emergency room at the hospital in Outlook, south of Saskatoon, last Friday.

Jewelry thieves strike again on French Riviera

NICE, France (Reuters) - Robbers stole 40,000 euros' ($53,000) worth of jewelry from safes in guests' rooms at a luxury hotel on the French Riviera, police said on Saturday, continuing a string of heists on the Cote d'Azur. Two safes were raided at the five-star Grand Hotel in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the robbers tried others without success, police said. Identity papers were also stolen. Last weekend, an armed robber stole jewelry worth $136 million (102 million euros) from a hotel in Cannes, in France's largest gem heist.
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