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AP: Failures caused toxic gas leak at Iowa police academy

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them, a workplace safety investigation concluded. At least three recruits were poisoned by potentially...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Ground beef likely cause of 6-state food poisoning outbreak

Apr. 12, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say ground beef is the likely source of a food poisoning outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in six states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said no specific brand or source of the meat has been determined yet. The CDC says people can...

UK survivor questions Russian diplomat on fatal nerve agent

Apr. 7, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British man who survived exposure to a military grade nerve agent said he has questioned Russia's ambassador to the U.K. about the accidental poisoning that killed his girlfriend last year, a newspaper reported Sunday. Charlie Rowley told the Sunday Mirror that Ambassador Alexander...

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes

Apr. 3, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has reviewed 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, mainly in young people....

China says 23 children sickened in suspected poisoning

Apr. 2, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A kindergarten teacher has been arrested in eastern China after 23 students were sickened in a suspected act of deliberate poisoning, police said Tuesday. The teacher, identified by the surname Wang, is believed to have adulterated the children's food with sodium nitrite, the Jiaozuo city...

Emails show FDA worry after romaine outbreaks

Mar. 29, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks tied to romaine lettuce, a U.S. food safety official shared his concerns in an internal email, saying the produce industry's water testing "failed in an epic and tragic way." How the industry tests water to grow leafy greens is "unacceptable" and...

Trumpeter swan released after lead poisoning treatment

Mar. 17, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A trumpeter swan treated for suspected lead poisoning has been released back to the wild. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the swan was found January 17 when it became entangled in a fence and Mount Vernon Animal Control was called in. The state Department of Fish and Game also...

Italy probes possible poisoning of anti-Berlusconi witness

Mar. 16, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy prosecutors have opened an investigation into the possible poisoning death of a Moroccan model who was a key witness in the trial against ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi over his infamous "bunga bunga" parties. Imane Fadil, 34, died March 1 at a Milan-area hospital, where she had been...

Expert urges UN remedies for lead poisoning victims

Mar. 13, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United Nations to take "immediate action" to provide justice and remedies to displaced minority communities in Kosovo who were sheltered on lead-contaminated wasteland. Baskut Tuncak, a U.N.-appointed expert on the human rights...