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Dec 17, 2014

Fourteen charged in deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak -prosecutors

BOSTON (Reuters) – Fourteen owners and employees of a
Massachusetts pharmacy company were arrested on Wednesday in
connection with America’s deadliest fungal meningitis outbreak,
which killed 64 people in 2012, federal prosecutors said.

Those arrested include Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro,
co-founders of the now-bankrupt New England Compounding Center
(NECC) in Framingham, according to the complaint.

Dec 8, 2014

Abandoned U.S. oil wells still spewing methane, study finds

BOSTON (Reuters) – Some of the millions of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in the United States are still spewing methane, marking a potentially large source of unrecorded greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study released on Monday.

Researchers at Princeton University measured emissions from dozens of abandoned wells in Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2014 and found they were emitting an average of 0.27 kg (0.6 lbs) of methane per day, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dec 4, 2014

Hillary Clinton backs federal probes of Ferguson, Staten Island cases

BOSTON (Reuters) – Potential Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was pleased the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating the recent deaths of unarmed black men in incidents with police.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday the Department of Justice would launch a civil rights investigation into the chokehold death of Eric Garner in the New York City borough of Staten Island in July.

Nov 20, 2014

Exclusive – Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting towards downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 20, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting toward downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 20, 2014

Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

BOSTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Irving Oil has told regulators
that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its
oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada’s
largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

Irving commissioned the study after it was flooded with
complaints from residents of the eastern province’s most
populous city last winter about powerful smells wafting toward
downtown when trains unloaded their cargoes.

Nov 19, 2014

You’ll shoot your eye out: Watchdog lists ’10 worst’ holiday toys

BOSTON (Reuters) – A plastic battle hammer for 3-year-olds, a glow-in-the-dark bow and arrow set, and a pencil that doubles as a slingshot are on the short list of the most dangerous children’s toys this holiday season.

The annual “10 Worst Toys” list published by the U.S.-based consumer watchdog World Against Toys Causing Harm is meant to ward parents off of impulse buying for their children ahead of the holiday shopping surge.

Nov 12, 2014

Lawyers for Boston bomb suspect want triple murder evidence

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued on Wednesday that his trial should not start until prosecutors hand over all evidence they have about a 2011 triple murder that may have involved Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he and his brother placed bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260. His trial is due to begin in January. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed days after the bombing in a shootout with police.

Oct 30, 2014

Anti-Muslim bullying on rise after Canada attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Oct 30, 2014

Canada arrests Pakistani gun owner, alleges security threat

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Police have jailed a Pakistani gun collector living in Ontario, alleging he is a terrorist threat to Canada, his lawyer said on Thursday, days after attacks in which two Canadian soldiers were killed.

Muhammad Aqeeq Ansari, a 30-year-old software designer, was arrested on Monday on allegations he has ties to militants in Pakistan, has amassed an arsenal of firearms, and has expressed extreme views on Twitter, his lawyer, Anser Farooq, said.

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