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4 killed after Florida police chase ends with deadly crash

Four innocent people died Wednesday morning on I-95, south of Fort Lauderdale, after a high-speed police chase ended on the wrong side of the road, WSVN.com reported. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Wednesday. They say police were pursuing a sport utility vehicle when it headed northbound in the interstate’s southbound lanes and collided with a minivan, the Miami Herald reported. Authorities say the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with two broken legs. Opa-locka police spokesman David Chiverton says officers had stopped pursuing the SUV before it got onto I-95. Continue Reading →

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State closes Pa. day care after duct tape report

The Department of Public Welfare has shut down a northeastern Pennsylvania day care after reports that a child was duct-taped and otherwise mistreated. Welfare officials tell WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/XIJG7J ) that owner Doreen Tomasetti is appealing the shutdown of Just 4 Kids Day Care and Learning Center in Hamlin. Nobody answered the facility’s phone on Wednesday and a cellphone number given on a voice mail message was out of service. Tomasetti doesn’t have a listed home phone. Welfare officials say two workers held a child upside-down by his ankles to stop him from biting staff and made the boy walk around in underwear to punish him for soiling his pants. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas AG to open investigation into oil spill

Arkansas’ attorney general on Tuesday asked ExxonMobil to preserve records pending a state investigation into a crude oil spill that, while small, has generated broader questions about the safety of cross-country pipelines. Clean-up crews have recovered about 12,000 barrels of crude oil and water since a leak on Friday soiled a neighborhood in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock, and almost threatened nearby Lake Conway. “There are many questions and concerns remaining as to the long-term impacts, environmental or otherwise, from this spill,” Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote to ExxonMobil executives Tuesday while launching a probe into the leak’s cause and impact. The company said it will cooperate. Investigators were still working to determine what caused the spill, which led authorities to evacuate nearly two dozen homes. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear board warns of Washington tank explosion risk

Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said in advance of confirmation hearings for the next leader of the Energy Department. State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up inside the tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, leading to an explosion that would release radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recommended additional monitoring and ventilation of the tanks last fall, and federal officials were working to develop a plan to implement the recommendation. The board expressed those concerns again Monday to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and had sought the board’s perspective about cleanup at Hanford. The federal government created Hanford in the 1940s as part of the secret Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. Continue Reading →

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