National briefs: Chemical tank removal ordered

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's governor on Saturday ordered the company at the center of a chemical spill that tainted the state capital's water supply to remove all above-ground storage tanks from the Charleston operation.

A statement released by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office said Freedom Industries must start the dismantling process by March 15.

The Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries of a chemical that is used to clean coal contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, some of whom couldn't use their tap water for a week.

The order to dismantle and properly dispose of the tanks also includes associated piping and machinery. The facility currently has 17 tanks. The governor's statement said crude MCHM leaked from one of three now-empty tanks containing the chemical at the plant.

Michaels probes hacking

IRVING, Texas -- Michaels Stores Inc., the world's largest arts-and-crafts retailer, said Saturday that some of its customer payment-card information may have been used fraudulently, making it the third U.S. retailer in weeks to report such a breach.

Michael Fox, a spokesman for Michaels, declined to say when the data-security attack may have occurred, when the company learned of it or how many customer accounts may be affected. He said the matter is being investigated and any new information will be posted on the company's website.

CEO Chuck Rubin suggests Michaels customers take steps to protect themselves, such as reviewing their account statements for unauthorized charges.

Football player slain

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- A 20-year-old South Carolina State University student shot to death outside a dormitory was an engineering technology student who also played on the school's football team, the school said Saturday.

Brandon Robinson was a junior who played football as an outside linebacker and defensive end, the university said in a statement.

Mr. Robinson was shot to death Friday afternoon outside Hugine Suites after arguing with Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said. Mr. Singleton was charged with murder and arrested early Saturday at an Orangeburg apartment complex.

Male shaving declines

LOS ANGELES -- American men are experiencing a facial hair free-for-all, embracing the unshaven glory of hipsters and Hollywood, and it's cutting into Procter & Gamble Co.'s bottom line.

The owner of razor giant Gillette said it is "seeing a slight decline in wet shaving incidence in the U.S. right now driven by fashion," even as global sales in its grooming sector rose 3 percent during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the company said Friday.

Men's razors and blades formed an estimated $2.2 billion industry in the U.S. last year, according to research from data firm Euromonitor International. Revenue grew 2.2 percent from 2012, slower than the 4 percent expansion from 2010 to 2011.

Rare access to ice caves

BAYFIELD, Wis. -- It happens every year along the shores of Lake Superior near Bayfield, but few have seen the spectacular ice caves and their stalactites in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in many years.

For the first time since 2009, ice along the shore is solid enough to support hardy visitors willing to hike more than 2 miles round-trip to ogle the natural sculptures. Thousands trekked out to see them last weekend -- possibly the busiest weekend the park has ever seen.


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