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Town still tainted with asbestos

BILLINGS, Mont. —Federal officials say a preliminary study of an asbestos-plagued Montana town indicates dangers remain in some areas already addressed once in a $370 million cleanup.

Tuesday's release of a draft toxicity study for the small town of Libby comes more than a decade after the Environmental Protection Agency started its cleanup at a W.R. Grace vermiculite mine near the town of 3,000 people.

EPA officials say the study confirms Libby's once-deadly ambient air is now safe. Yet some homes apparently have been re-contaminated by homeowners who inadvertently tracked in asbestos from areas not yet addressed by cleanup crews.

Family wins lawsuit over bear attack

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah federal judge on Tuesday awarded nearly $2 million to the family of an 11-year-old boy killed by a bear at a campsite in 2007.

The family of Samuel Ives sued the U.S. Forest Service for failing to close the American Fork Canyon campsite in the mountains about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City after the bear attacked another camper.

Teens plead guilty in setting boy's hair afire

HAMILTON, Ohio — Three teenage boys pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges after a high school classmate's hair was set on fire on a school bus in southwest Ohio.

The boys, ages 17, 16 and 15, entered their pleas in Butler County Juvenile Court.

The 15-year-old and the 17-year-old pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault and were ordered to remain in juvenile detention until sentencing scheduled for May 27. The third teen pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will be electronically monitored at home until the May 27 sentencing.

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