National Briefs: Chemical regulations bills pushed

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin proposed tighter regulations Monday for chemical storage facilities after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

Mr. Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged state passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9.

Mr. Manchin, D-W.Va., wants the federal government to set standards for state-run regulatory efforts. His proposal would require states to inspect chemical facilities that could threaten a public water system every three years. Others would be inspected every five years.

Both bills aim to make locations and specifics of chemical storage sites publicly available.

Fraud tied to Target breach

McALLEN, Texas -- Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Chief Rodriguez said they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.

McAllen police began working with the U.S. Secret Service after a number of area retailers were hit with fraudulent purchases on Jan. 12. The Secret Service confirmed that the fraudulent accounts traced back to the original Target data breach from late last year, Chief Rodriguez said.

Mountain climbers saved

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. -- Four people from a Pennsylvania university are recovering after they became disoriented while descending New Hampshire's Mount Washington in below-zero temperatures and 95 mph wind gusts and sought help.

They were part of a group of 15 from Bloomsburg University hiking the mountain, known for its changeable weather conditions, Sunday afternoon. Ten made it to the 6,288-foot summit and began descending in rapidly deteriorating conditions. The four became separated from the rest and faced low visibility and blizzard-like weather. They activated a GPS satellite messenger device.

Mercy killing attempted?

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- An 88-year-old man who shot his wife in the chest Sunday in a Carson City hospital told police he was trying to carry out a murder-suicide because the woman was paralyzed and didn't want to live, authorities said.

William Dresser was arrested after firing one shot with small-caliber semi-automatic handgun at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

The woman was transferred to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with a life-threatening injury, Sheriff Furlong said. Her name and age were not immediately released.

Bush archives go public

DALLAS -- The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Monday began accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Mr. Bush's presidency.

The day marks five years from the end of his presidency, on Jan. 20, 2009.


-- Compiled from news services

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