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Published Jan. 8, 2012

Allentown, Pa.

EPA cancels water delivery to small town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abruptly changed its mind Saturday about delivering freshwater to residents of Dimock, Pa., a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential wells were found to be tainted by a natural gas drilling operation. The reversal left residents scrambling for water. Agency officials would not explain why they reneged on their promise, or say whether water would be delivered at some point.


Park reopens after ranger's slaying

Mount Rainier National Park reopened to the public Saturday for the first time since an Iraq war veteran shot and killed a park ranger there on New Year's Day. Margaret Anderson, who had worked as a ranger with her husband at the park for three years, was shot dead by 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes after he rammed a checkpoint. He was later found dead.

Raleigh, N.C.

Security firm settles Iraq suit

The new owners of the security company formerly known as Blackwater said Saturday they have settled a lawsuit brought by some of the survivors and estates of Iraqis killed during an infamous 2007 shooting in Baghdad. The settlement closes the last lawsuit against the company, now called Academi, over the shooting that killed 17 Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisoor Square.

Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Man charged in hospital killings

A 59-year-old Tennessee man told his estranged wife and her mother "they'd be sorry" before he pulled a handgun from his pocket and fatally shot both women at a Georgia hospital while people watched in the waiting room on Friday, police said. The slayings happened at Hutcheson Medical Center, about 10 miles from the Tennessee state line. James Benson turned himself in and was charged with two counts of felony murder.


Court tosses Super Bowl threat case

A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the conviction of an Arizona man accused of planning a massacre at the 2008 Super Bowl before changing his mind. A full 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the statements mailed by Kurt Havelock to media outlets before aborting the attack did not constitute a threat.


Breyer wades into ethics controversy

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Saturday defended the way he and his colleagues decide whether to remove themselves from considering a case. In recent months the justices have been criticized for failing to recuse themselves from certain cases. But Breyer, speaking at a conference, said: "There's a code of ethics. It's 24 volumes. It's in my office. It's up in the library. Before I have any case that involves ethics I go read it and see what's there."


Navy SEAL fatally shoots himself

Navy officials confirmed that a Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 3rd Class Gene Clayont, was taken off life support Saturday. San Diego police say Clayton went to a bar Thursday and brought a woman to his apartment and was showing her guns when he put a pistol to his head, believing it was unloaded, and pulled the trigger.

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