Five Students Sickened by Aerosol Product

Date: 10/24/2008METAMORA, Ill. (AP) — Five students needed hospital treatment for breathing problems after someone sprayed an aerosol product on a school bus. Officials said 63 students were on the bus heading to a grade school in Metamora. Four boys and a girl, ages 7 to 13, were affected by the spray. Metamora Superintendent Trish […]

Woman, 3 children killed in Mich. house fire

Date: 10/22/2008 1:43 PM By JEFF KAROUBAssociated Press Writer HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) _ Fire killed a woman and three children in one home early Wednesday and spread to four other houses, three of them vacant, fire and city officials said. Space heaters used to warm the victims’ home may have caused the blaze, fire […]

FEMA disputes formaldehyde study of Iowa trailers

Date: 10/21/2008 10:44 PM By NIGEL DUARAAssociated Press Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday questioned a TV station’s findings of high formaldehyde levels in agency-issued trailers and said the lifestyles and habits of the flood victims living in the trailers may be to blame. Government tests have shown […]

Man accused of 9 Ohio fire deaths claims innocence

Date: 10/14/2008 4:54 PM By THOMAS J. SHEERANAssociated Press Writer CLEVELAND (AP) _ A man indicted this month on charges of setting a fire that killed a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover said he would never do anything to harm a child, and that he felt the same pain as relatives of […]

Gas Vent Dampers Recalled by Effikal Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard

The recall involves Effikal RVGP-PC Gas Vent Damper size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 which are installed with the gas boiler systems listed below. The vent damper date code is located on a sticker under the motor assembly cap on the plastic base. Serial numbers are located on a label on the […]

Another Murray mine fined for safety violations

Date: 10/8/2008 2:28 PM By TIM HUBERAP Business Writer CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A coal company belonging to Bob Murray, the mine owner who entered the national spotlight last year when nine people died in a Utah mine, was fined $1.46 million Wednesday by federal regulators for safety violations at an Illinois operation. Murray Energy’s Galatia […]

Carbon Monoxide: The statistical data

Facts about carbon monoxide poisoning: Most signs and symptoms of CO exposure are nonspecific (e.g., headache or nausea) and can be mistakenly attributed to other causes, such as viral illnesses. Undetected or unsuspected CO exposure can result in death. – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report The true incidence of CO poisoning is not known, since […]

Islanders who insisted on staying died in Ike

Date: 10/4/2008 1:58 PM By MONICA RHORAssociated Press Writer GALVESTON, Texas (AP) _ The final hours brought the awful realization to victims of Hurricane Ike that they had waited too long. This storm wasn’t like the others, the ones that left nothing worse than a harrowing tale to tell. George Helmond, a hardy Galveston salt, […]

Man indicted in Ohio house fire that killed 9

Date: 10/1/2008 6:10 PM By THOMAS J. SHEERAN CLEVELAND (AP) _ A man already in prison on drug and weapons charges was indicted Wednesday in a 2005 house fire that killed nine people, including eight children at a birthday sleepover. Antun Lewis, 24, of Cleveland, was charged with arson in the house fire in May […]

Paraguay architect sentenced in deadly market fire

Date: 9/24/2008 8:06 PM ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) _ A Paraguayan court convicted an architect of negligence Wednesday and sentenced him to two years in prison for faulty construction of a supermarket where 420 people died in a fire. The three-judge panel that convicted Bernardo Ismachowiez, 53, found that he was responsible for defective design and […]