A new U.S. Department of Defense policy appears to disregard safety recommendations drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency for how to handle firefighting chemical contamination in groundwater, drawing criticism from lawmakers and activists who are calling for strict regulation.

Specifically, a DOD memo distributed across military leadership in October sets a "screening level" for the chemicals that is 10 times higher than what the EPA recommended last spring. Such screening levels are used as thresholds to determine whether the military must further investigate and potentially clean a chemical contamination, or whether it can simply disregard it and take no further action.

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Frank Sullivan. (Pa. Attorney General's Office)

A retired brigadier general living in the Mechanicsburg area was charged with 15 felony counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

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A Wilkes-Barre man threatened to cause "bloodshed" and punish two employees for perceived wrongs at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to Veterans Affairs police.

Donnie Ray Edwards, 59, of 61 E. Northampton St., is accused of threatening the employees during a counseling session Friday morning. According to the complaint, a social worker contacted police Friday morning to report Edwards had been threatening staff members.

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US Army

Eleven US states have cancelled agreements to send members of the National Guard to the US-Mexico border as part of a growing backlash over the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families trying to enter the US.

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Associated Press photo by Fred Vuich

A National Guard soldier has been arrested after reportedly making death threats against Vice President Mike Pence, according to the Associated Press.

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Nine years ago, Army widow Pauline Taylor moved to Pennsylvania to start a new life. Her husband, Army veteran Carlos Taylor, had died from an illness in 2001, and the house they shared in Baltimore, Maryland was filled with the memories of the life they had shared together. Taylor needed a fresh start, and after two years of painstaking research, she chose a house in Glen Rock for its peace and quiet.

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