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Medical oxygen rule proposed for airlines

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Big US and foreign airlines operating to and from the United States would be required to provide medical oxygen to passengers who need it, according to a federal regulation proposed yesterday. Airlines are not required to provide the service and many carriers opt not to do so, the Transportation Department said. Those that do provide respiratory devices generally charge a fee, which can be high. (Reuters)

TEXAS

Reservist acquitted in detainee's beating

FORT BLISS -- An Army reservist was acquitted yesterday of charges that he beat a detainee in Afghanistan. Sergeant Christopher W. Greatorex was accused of abusing a man named Habibullah, who died days after being detained by US forces in December 2002. A military report said Habibullah died of a pulmonary embolism apparently caused by blood clots formed in his legs from beatings. A military jury voted for acquittal of Greatorex on charges of abuse, maltreatment, and making false official statements. The trial of another soldier charged with beating the same detainee is to start today. Greatorex served with the Cincinnati-based 377th Military Police Company. (AP)

NEW YORK

June-Aug. period was 10th-hottest on record

NEW YORK -- The United States had its 10th-hottest June through August on record, continuing a trend toward warmer weather. ''A number of states had near-record warmth," Jay Lawrimore, a climatologist at the US National Climate Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said yesterday. ''There were no states that were cooler than average for the summer." Warmer-than-normal weather in the Midwest and Northeast contributed to the high temperature average, Lawrimore said. Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts were among states that had their second-warmest June through August in government records that date to 1895. (Bloomberg)

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