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dallas» A chem­i­cal leak from an as­phalt plant that led Corpus Christi of­fi­cials to warn res­i­dents this week not to drink the water was ap­par­ently re­ported a week ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to an email from a state en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cial that was ob­tained Fri­day.

The in­ter­nal e-mail sent Wed­nes­day by Su­san Clewis, a re­gional di­rec­tor for the Texas Com­mis­sion on En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity, con­tained an in­ci­dent re­port that de­scribed the leak as a “back­flow in­ci­dent from a chem­i­cal tank im­pact­ing the pub­lic water sys­tem.” It was re­ported Dec. 7 at Er­gon As­phalt and Emul­sions.

The e-mail doesn’t in­di­cate who filed the re­port or who re­ceived it, but it in­di­cates that the state agency learned of the leak on Wed­nes­day, when city of­fi­cials warned the pub­lic.

Ger­many threat­ens to fine Facebook B

ber­lin» Ger­man of­fi­cials are step­ping up their crit­i­cism of Facebook, say­ing the so­cial net­work is do­ing too lit­tle to stop hate speech and could face stiff fines un­less it deletes il­le­gal con­tent faster.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Heiko Maas said his min­istry was check­ing whether it would be pos­si­ble to make so­cial net­work­ing sites legally li­able for il­le­gal posts.

Ger­many has laws against speech deemed to be racist, defam­a­tory or in­cit­ing vi­o­lence — a re­sponse to Ger­many’s Nazi le­gacy. But au­thor­i­ties have strug­gled with the del­uge of of­ten anony­mous post­ings on for­eign-owned web­sites.

Pub­lic says good­bye to Glenn B

colum­bus, ohio» John Glenn’s home state and the na­tion be­gan say­ing good­bye to the beloved as­tro­naut Fri­day start­ing with a pub­lic view­ing of his flag-draped cas­ket in­side Ohio’s State­house ro­tunda.

Politi­cians, in­clud­ing Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, and or­di­nary cit­i­zens paid their re­spects to the first Amer­i­can to or­bit Earth.

Glenn died last week at 95. He grew up in east­ern Ohio be­fore be­com­ing a na­tional hero when he or­bited Earth in 1962. Be­fore that he was a fighter pi­lot in World War II and Korea.

Law­maker backs off an­tiabor­tion bath­room signs

B ok­la­homa city» The spon­sor of an Ok­la­homa law re­quir­ing signs in pub­lic re­strooms di­rect­ing preg­nant women where to re­ceive ser­vices to avoid abor­tions now wants to limit the signs only to abor­tion providers.

Repub­li­can Sen. A.J. Grif­fin filed a bill Fri­day that dra­mat­i­cally nar­rows the re­quire­ment.

The State Board of Health on Tues­day ap­proved reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing hos­pi­tals, nurs­ing homes, restau­rants and

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