Polluted water kills 5 at retirement center

August 3, 2013
OHIO
Polluted water kills 5 at retirement center

Health officials said Ohio’s largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has killed five people and sickened 39 others since July at a retirement community.

The state health department said the outbreak at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg was linked to bacteria in an air conditioning system and several water sources.

Victims ranged in age from 63 to 99. About 200 people live at the center.

The rare form of pneumonia is contracted when people breathe in tiny droplets of contaminated water. It is not contagious.

The facility has taken steps to clean the water and is installing filters on shower heads and advising residents not to drink the water until testing is completed.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA
Transit talks resume as strike looms

Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders returned to the bargaining table Saturday in a last-minute bid to avoid a strike that would leave 400,000 commuters scrambling for other ways to get to work.

BART’s two largest unions issued a notice Thursday that employees would walk off the job Monday if an agreement on a new contract was not reached by midnight Sunday. The action would shut down one of the nation’s largest transit systems for the second time in a month.

The two sides resumed negotiations about 10 a.m. Saturday, with wide gaps remaining on key issues.

Bay Area transit agencies, meanwhile, were preparing ways to get commuters to work if there’s a strike.

— Associated Press

SOUTH CAROLINA
Small plane crashes, killing all 3 on board

The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that a private twin-engine aircraft with three people on board crashed near a subdivision in coastal South Carolina.

FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Beechcraft BE55 Baron was attempting to return to Conway-Horry County Airport shortly after departure Saturday afternoon when it crashed, destroying the plane. News outlets reported that the pilot and two passengers were killed, but county officials were not available to confirm those reports.

The crash happened 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.

— Associated Press

Woman swims across Delaware Bay: New Jersey resident Meghan Wren completed a 13.1-mile swim across the Delaware Bay on Saturday. Wren began her swim Saturday morning on the Delaware side of the bay. Supporters announced on social media that she reached the New Jersey side Saturday afternoon. Wren, 48, said she was trying to draw attention to the future of the bay and to the communities hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

1 dead of carbon monoxide exposure: Authorities in western North Carolina say one person died and 16 others were hospitalized after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide in a packing facility at a farm. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Matt Mason, assistant chief of Clarks Creek Fire and Rescue, said emergency responders found two workers unresponsive Friday inside a refrigerated packing house where fruits and vegetables are stored. Mason said one of the two suffered cardiac arrest and died at Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

— Associated Press

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