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Orange juice imports halted WASHINGTON — The federal government temporarily halted shipments of imported orange juice from all countries Wednesday and said it will destroy or ban products containing even low levels from a banned fungicide. The imports will be held while they’re tested and may be sold if levels are below trace amounts, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The fungicide, linked in studies to higher risk of liver tumors in animals, was found in trace amounts last month in products from Brazil, which produces almost one in every six glasses of orange juice consumed in the U.S., according to CitrusBR, an export industry association. While the chemical, carbendazim, is used in crops in many countries, it isn’t approved for use in oranges in the United States. Breakaway Episcopal case WASHINGTON — A Virginia judge has ruled against seven conservative congregations that broke away from the Episcopal Church in 2006, rejecting their argument that they should be able to keep valuable church property that the national denomination also claims. The case has drawn worldwide attention because it involves a cluster of large, prominent churches with well-known conservative pastors and because the issues at hand — particularly the Episcopal Church’s continued acceptance of same-sex relationships as equal to heterosexual ones — are roiling much of organized religion. The congregations are part of a movement called the Anglican Church in North America, and all believe that they, not the Episcopal Church, represent true Anglicanism on the continent. Legionnaires’ source MILWAUKEE — An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative water wall in a hospital lobby, according to a study published Tuesday that suggested the popular architectural feature can pose dangers in a health-care setting, especially for people with weakened immune systems. In 2010, eight people contracted the severe and potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia caused by the bacteria. None had been admitted to the Milwaukee-area hospital at the time of exposure. But they all had walked by the water wall in the main hospital lobby, researchers said online in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The disease is spread through inhalation contact with contaminated water sources. Casey Anthony pregnancy ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony told a psychiatrist that she became pregnant with her daughter, Caylee, after passing out at a party when she was 18 years old, according to depositions in which the doctor said tests gave no indication that Ms. Anthony was mentally ill as she faced her murder trial. Ms. Anthony was acquitted last July of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Ms. Anthony didn’t know who fathered Caylee, the psychiatrist, Jeff Danziger, recounted in a deposition that was unsealed by a Florida judge and released Wednesday. — Compiled from news services First published on January 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

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