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Demolition of public housing complex where 2 died starts

Jul. 4, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Workers are preparing to start the demolition of an 80-year-old South Carolina public housing complex where two men died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a poorly maintained heater. The 400 residents of Allen Benedict Court in Columbia were never allowed back into their homes after...

Propane leak at daycare center sends contractors to hospital

Jul. 2, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say four contractors were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning from a propane leak at a daycare center in Mount Horeb Thursday at a time when about 50 children were in the facility. None of the children were hurt. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says first...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...

Jennifer Gottschalk, environmental health supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, walks down a hallway of the department’s offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier in the year, the county’s department was so short-staffed that her duties included overseeing campground and pool inspections, rodent control and sewage programs, while also supervising outbreak preparedness for a community of more than 425,000 people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Jul. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue...

Madison area restaurants adapt to pandemic dining

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Patio or bar stool, sidewalk cafe or upholstered banquette, sitting or standing — safety recommendations for public dining are the same. Stay six feet apart from people you don’t live with. Sanitize your hands. Wear a mask when you can. “Outdoor seating rules are...

Shake-up comes at Wisconsin health agency during pandemic

Jun. 9, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin's top officials at the state health department have resigned in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, with one joining a liberal advocacy group and the other's departure shrouded in secrecy. Nicole Safar, who had been the third in command at the state Department of...

Agency says cleanup complete in Montana Superfund site unit

May. 27, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of all required cleanup activities within a unit of a Montana Superfund site. The federal agency removed a portion of an asbestos-contaminated mining operation in Libby from its National Priorities List, The Flathead...

Man, officer treated for carbon monoxide poisoning

May. 25, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) — Police in Portage say carbon monoxide poisoning sent a man and a police officer to the hospital. Police responded to some townhouses Sunday about 4 p.m. for a report of a 40-year-old man experiencing dizziness and slurring his words. The man was unresponsive by the time first...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Ventura County Fire Department, VCFD firefighters respond to a fire aboard the Conception dive boat fire in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California. Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in the massive scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show the divers died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday, May 21, 2020. (Ventura County Fire Department via AP, File)

Coroner: Smoke inhalation killed 34 in California boat fire

May. 21, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coroner's reports for the 34 victims who died in a scuba boat fire off the Southern California coast last year show they died of carbon monoxide poisoning before they were burned, authorities said Thursday. All thirty-three scuba divers and one crew member died in the Sept. 2 fire aboard...

State: Aspergillus mold found again at Seattle hospital

May. 19, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children’s hospital is again coping with a mold in its operating rooms that has persisted at the hospital for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths. There are no known new illnesses connected to the latest discovery of Aspergillus, The Seattle Times reported. The...