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Army Corps of Engineers signs pollution deal

Portland, Ore.

Army Corps of Engineers signs pollution deal

For the first time in its history, the Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement in Portland that could have implications for the corps' hundreds of dams nationwide. The corps announced a settlement Monday with the conservation group Columbia Riverkeeper that requires it to notify the organization of any oil spills among the agency's eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington. The corps also will apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution permits, something it has never done for the dams on the two rivers.

Bangladesh

Scores are missing after ferry sinks

A ferry overloaded with more than 200 passengers sank while crossing a river in central Bangladesh on Monday, and at least half the passengers were missing and presumed dead, officials said. The ferry, which was making a roughly two-hour journey to the Padma River port of Mawa, was hit by high waves and capsized in the strong current, an official said. Scores of people die in ferry accidents every year in Bangladesh, where boats are a common form of transportation.

New York

Jail faulted in handling of teens

In an extraordinary rebuke of the New York City Department of Correction, the federal government said Monday the department had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers held at Rikers Island by failing to protect them from the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers. The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara released its findings in a report that described a "deep-seated culture of violence" against youthful inmates at the jail complex, perpetrated by guards who operated with little fear of punishment.

Toledo, Ohio

City says water is safe to drink again

Officials in Toledo, Ohio, lifted a two-day ban on the use of the city's drinking water Monday, saying tests showed that levels of a powerful toxin created by algae blooms in adjacent Lake Erie had dropped to a point that no longer threatened people's health. The action ended a weekend of inconvenience for hundreds of thousands of municipal water customers, who stripped supermarket shelves of bottled water, and for shuttered coffee shops and other stores that depend on a safe water supply to stay in business.

Washington

Obama out of sight on 53rd birthday

President Barack Obama kept a low public profile as he celebrated his 53rd birthday on Monday. Obama had no public events scheduled, although he got his daily briefing and was expected to meet with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

Elsewhere

Miami: Hurricane Bertha was churning northward Monday far from land, posing no direct threat to the U.S. East Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm strengthened to a hurricane Monday morning with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph.

Phoenix: A judge ruled Monday that Jodi Arias can represent herself in penalty phase of her murder trial, where jurors will decide whether she is put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend.

Times wires

Army Corps of Engineers signs pollution deal 08/04/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:08am]

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