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Household Flame Retardants Potentially Ineffective, Dangerous

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November 28, 2012
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Some chemical flame retardants used in home furnishings may not help in a house fire, and can pose health hazards, a CBC investigation has found.


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Hawaii Warns Huge Molasses Spill Could Draw Sharks

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Reuters (Sep. 12, 2013) — Health officials warn swimmers, surfers and snorkelers to stay out of the waters near Honolulu after a leak of 1,400 tons of molasses killed hundreds of fish, potentially attracting sharks. Katharine Jackson reports.
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