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Can imported laminate wood floors make you sick?

The warm luster of laminate wood flooring can give your home or office an inviting and natural look. But, according to recent press reports, some laminates imported from China produce potentially hazardous emissions of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring substance that’s used in the manufacture of pressed woods, glue and preservatives. It’s glue that holds together the thin laminated layers of wood flooring.

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It’s illegal for manufacturers or dealers to claim your warranty is void

Your car needs an oil change, so you stop by a place on the way home. Or maybe your car is making a funny noise, so you take it to your trusted mechanic. Later on, when you go to check your car’s warranty, you find out your coverage might be in jeopardy because you didn’t get the work done at one of the car company’s dealers or centers. Can a car company do that?

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Don’t pay for a vacation to nowhere

With winter almost over, are you itching to get out of town? As you search for your perfect getaway, you might come across good-looking vacation rental deals that seem amazing. Unfortunately, some “steals” are posted by scammers trying to steal your money. They’ll leave you with a vacation to nowhere.

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Reluctant to be rude?

Respectfulness and politeness — they’re valued in many close-knit communities. But when you’re dealing with a scammer, those values can backfire, as we’ve heard during our ongoing effort to fight fraud in every community. Scammers try to take advantage of your politeness to get you to hand over money or personal information.

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Virtual Reality Helping Warfighters with PTSD

If you think you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, a new form of help is available at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC, where they can recreate the look, sounds and smell of a deployed environment to help you revisit and cope with events that have affected you so profoundly.

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Investing in the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

Canvassing for the nation’s future engineering talent starts through community outreach programs, and the district seized the opportunity to showcase a variety of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers missions to approximately 160 engineering students at Jenkins High School in Savannah.

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It’s the Final Robot Countdown!

With 3.5 million dollars in prizes at stake, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is heating up.  And I mean, to a fever pitch.  These half human, half robot teams are working around the clock to be the best international disaster response crew.  With only months left on a nearly 2.5 year mission, this is the final countdown.

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F-35 Aircraft Costs Drop, Report Shows

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters in a media roundtable yesterday. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, citing this year’s selected acquisition report on the aircraft, called the roundtable to clarify cost and performance facts in the latest report, he said. He also acknowledged the program has been over budget and is six years late.

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Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

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SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 25, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

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President’s Council Announces Increase in Veteran Hires

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 – In the more than five years since President Barack Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative, a steadily increasing annual percentage of veterans have entered federal civilian service.

In fiscal year 2014, according to an Office of Personnel Management news release issued today, the percentage of veteran new hires hit a new high of 33.2 percent, surpassing the previous mark set in FY 2013, when 31 percent of all new Federal civilian hires were veterans.

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