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U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. Twenty-two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical measures although none have shown sign of exposure, the U.S. military said.



U.S. IRS tax data hack traced to Russia: CNN

People wait outside the Internal Revenue Service office in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkBy Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service believes the theft of about 100,000 taxpayers' personal data from its computer system originated in Russia, CNN reported on Wednesday. The tax agency's criminal unit is leading an investigation into the cyber attack, in which criminals stole information through an online IRS application over the course of four months, and the Treasury Department's inspector general and the Department of Homeland Security are also looking into the breach, CNN said. On Wednesday, the IRS had no immediate comment to the CNN report.



Colorado cinema gunman's writings show murder plans, musings

File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - A journal that Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote before he opened fire inside a packed theater contains his plans to commit a mass killing, interspersed with personal musings and philosophical questions, a document showed on Wednesday. The writings were introduced by prosecutors in the murder trial of the 27-year-old California native and former neuroscience graduate student who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a suburban Denver theater during a screening of the Batman film ?The Dark Knight Rises.? Holmes, who could face the death penalty over the July 2012 rampage, mailed a spiral notebook containing the writings to his psychiatrist a day before he launched his attack on the theater.



Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law

Former Republican political candidate Annette Bosworth, right, stands with her attorneys Dana Hanna, center, and Bob Van Norman, left, during a break in her trial outside of the courtroom in Pierre, S.D., Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/James Nord)PIERRE, S.D. (AP) ? A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.



Person struck and killed by Amtrak train in Devon

Person struck and killed by Amtrak train in DevonChester County officials are investigating a fatal train accident in Devon.



Action News Investigation: Violence, threats common at schools across area

Action News Investigation: Violence, threats common at schools across areaYou might not imagine that assaults against teachers and terroristic threats are a daily occurrence at schools across our area and even in the suburbs, but an Action News Investigation has learned these threats are very real.



Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 21

A Houston Chronicle newspaper sits on the curb next to flood soaked carpet padding Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Houston. The death toll from a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma climbed to at least 19 on Wednesday, with over a dozen people missing, and another round of rain threatened to complicate the cleanup in hard-hit Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)HOUSTON (AP) ? Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing.



Man arrested for massive downtown Los Angeles blaze

FILE - In this early Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) Freeway in Los Angeles. The fire gutted the 1.3 million-square-foot Da Vinci complex. A law enforcement official says a man has been arrested for allegedly causing a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles. Damage was estimated at $20 million to $30 million. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged adjacent office towers in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday.



Latest on flooding: Child's body found; man's body ID'd

Workers attempt to relieve the pressure from the earthen dam at Padera Lake, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Midlothian, Texas. Water was flowing over the top of the dam early Wednesday morning following days of heavy rain. Police say emergency personnel could shut down a highway if the dam, southwest of Dallas breaks. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)9:45 p.m. CDT



Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill

Crews clean up Refugio State Beach after a massive oil spill on the Californian coast in Goleta, CaliforniaBy Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean. The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill's effects on the environment. The May 19 spill dumped as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons, or 382,000 liters) of crude onto a pristine stretch of the Santa Barbara coastline and into the Pacific, leaving slicks that stretched over 9 miles (14 km) along the coast.