By George Tanber TOLEDO Ohio (Reuters) - A ban on drinking tap water in Toledo was lifted early Monday after tests showed that toxins were no longer at dangerous levels from algae on Lake Erie, the mayor's office said. "Our water is safe," Mayor Michael Collins said at a Monday news conference announcing the latest results from city tests. Some 400,000 residents had been told not to drink the water in the Toledo area on Saturday after health officials found the lake, which supplies most of the area's drinking water, may have been affected by a harmful algal bloom. Tests run Sunday by the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicated toxin levels in the water were clean or acceptable but Collins was waiting for city tests to confirm those results before lifting the ban, he said.
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. (AP) — With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as Laos and Iceland.
A family of five, including three children, was found shot to death inside their home in a quiet area of north-central Virginia, and authorities said Monday that they're investigating the case as a murder-suicide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sunset Boulevard reopened early Monday after crews completed repairs following a water main break that created a sinkhole and inundated parts of the University of California, Los Angeles.
CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A family of five, including three children, was found shot to death inside their home in a quiet area of north-central Virginia, and police would not say Monday whether they're seeking a suspect in the case.
MOUNT BALDY, Calif. (AP) — The person found dead in a car that was swept into a flooded creek after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California has been identified as a 48-year-old Los Angeles County man.
Russia's threatened ban on U.S. poultry imports, the latest move in a sanctions skirmish over Moscow's support of rebels in Ukraine, has agriculture companies alert to the risks of a conflict that's already roiled trading of crops ranging from soy, beef and fruit to California pistachios. Moscow has struck back against trade sanctions following the downing of a Malaysian jetliner last month by imposing food restrictions, and would add U.S. chickens to Ukrainian soy and other products Russia has blocked since it seized Crimea earlier this year: Australian beef, Latvian and Lithuanian pork, Moldovan fruit and Ukrainian juice. Sanderson Farms Inc, the third-largest poultry producer in the U.S., is among American agricultural companies preparing to respond if Russia carries out plans, reported in Russian media this week, to restrict imports of U.S. poultry. Russia is "using foreign trade as a political football" by threatening to limit poultry imports, Sanderson's Chief Financial Officer Mike Cockrell said.