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Health

High lead levels in kids not just linked to water

Of 20,000 tests last year of blood-lead levels in children 6 and younger, fewer than 2 percent were high enough to warrant concern, state health officials say. But parents and health providers should pay close attention to real risks. Hint: It’s not the water.

Science

Above-average fire year ahead in Hawaii, Alaska, Southwest

Hawaii, Alaska and the Southwest face an above-average threat of wildfires this summer, but most of the country should see normal or below-normal problems, forecasters said Sunday. The National Interagency Fire Center's outlook for the spring and summer shows the potential for significant fires will be below average for much of Texas, the South and...

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