Breast cancer charity accused of using misleading statistics to coax women to get mammograms. In a paper published in BMJ, two doctors who are professors at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice say Susan G. Komen for the Cure overstated the benefits of the screening procedure and disregarded the risks. The doctors focused on Komen’s promotional material for the 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October. They wrote that Komen ignored “a growing and increasingly accepted body of evidence [showing] that although screening may reduce a woman’s chance of dying from breast cancer by a small amount, it also causes major harms.” CNN, MedPage Today

Regulators investigating close call among three commuter jets near Washington. An air-traffic control error Tuesday afternoon caused two of the aircraft to take off in the wrong direction and approach an incoming jet at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. Federal aviation officials said the three planes, which carried a total of 192 passengers and crew, were never on a “collision course” but they were too close. The landing jet came within 800 feet in altitude of the departing jets and less than one mile from one of the departing aircraft and less than three miles from the other. Federal regulations normally require a distance of 1,000 feet in altitude and 3.5 lateral miles between planes. USA Today, The Associated Press

Cigarette smokers are turning to other tobacco options. Some are smoking cigarette-like cigars that can sell for as little as seven cents apiece while others are making cigarettes from inexpensive loose tobacco labeled for pipe use, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said. Sales of these other forms of tobacco — which are taxed at much lower rates than cigarettes or tobacco labeled “roll your own” — have soared. The loose pipe tobacco sold in 2011 was enough to make 17.5 billion cigarettes, a sixfold increase from 2008. Overall, despite declining consumption of traditional cigarettes, tobacco use dropped by less than 1 percent in 2011 from 2010. The New York Times, WebMD

Federal government files Clean Air Act suit against U.S. Steel. The suit alleged violations at U.S. Steel operations in Gary, Ind., Ecorse, Mich., and and Granite City, Ill. It particularly focused on the Gary plant, where it said three coke battery stocks exceeded opacity limits 15,113 times, equivalent to 63 full days of violations, from August, 2006 to December, 2007. The suit also charged that U.S. Steel never installed needed pollution-control technology after overhauling a blast furnace in Gary in 1990. Potential penalties could be in the millions, as violations can cost up to $37,500 per day. A company spokeswoman called the suit’s claims “inaccurate and misleading,” and said the problems were fixed years ago. Chicago Sun-Times

Specialty metals company in Chicago accused of 26 safety violations. Two of the offenses cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration against A. Finkl & Sons were willful violations, the agency’s most serious charge. Finkl was accused of failing to install railings or covers to ensure that workers don’t fall into open pits as well as failing to fix cranes with missing bolts, inoperable radio controls and other problems, including flawed hoist brakes. The company “has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the safety of its employees,” an OSHA official said. OSHA is seeking penalties of up to $352,700. In 2006 and 2007, the company was accused of willful and repeat charges of fire and fall hazards. OSHA

Recalls: Kenmore dehumidifiers, Burch Farms and Cottle Strawberry cantaloupe (expanded recall)

Compiled by Stuart Silverstein and Bridget Huber