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US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.

CSB chief hangs firm despite cloud over his agency

Source: 
National Journal

The controversial chief of the Chemical Safety Board, Rafael Moure-Eraso, is sticking to his post despite mounting criticism of the toxic atmosphere that many say hinders its operations, National Journal reports.

US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She said Russia has provided SA-11s and other heavy weapons to the separatists.

Sheriff: Up to 100 homes lost in Washington fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in a large wildfire burning in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday morning that between 80 and 100 homes have burned.

UN Security Council sets urgent meeting on Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning on Ukraine.

Britain's U.N. Mission said Thursday it requested the meeting and later tweeted that it is set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Growing wildfire empties small Wash. town

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.

Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

US trying to determine why jet down in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration scrambled Thursday to determine what brought down a passenger jet in Ukraine and whether any Americans were killed in an incident that could worsen the already tense conflict near the Ukraine-Russia border.

President Barack Obama made no mention of who might be responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people, but said the incident appeared to be a "terrible tragedy."

EPA announces new round of funding for urban water projects

Source: 
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has awarded 37 projects across 17 states and Puerto Rico a combined $2.1 million in grants to improve bodies of water in urban areas, The Hill reports.

Feds: Holes in tank likely factor in W.Va. leak

Federal investigators say holes in a storage tank floor likely allowed chemicals to seep out and contaminate West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply in January.

They found a similar hole in the floor of another Freedom Industries tank that held the spilled chemical.

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