Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

Exxon Mobil reaches $1.6M oil spill settlement with Montana

billings, mont.

exxon reaches $1.6M oil spill settlement

Exxon Mobil agreed Thursday to pay Montana $1.6 million in penalties over water pollution caused by a pipeline break last summer that fouled dozens of miles of shoreline along the scenic Yellowstone River. Montana Department of Environmental Quality director Richard Opper said the penalty is the largest in the agency's history. Exxon will pay $300,000 in cash and spend $1.3 million on future environmental projects, he said. Exxon also increased by 50 percent Thursday its estimate of how much crude spilled into the river July 1 near Laurel to 1,509 barrels, or more than 63,000 gallons.

nome, alaska

Fuel delivered to iced-in city

A massive effort to pump fuel from a Russian tanker to iced-in Nome is complete, moving more than 1.3 million gallons into the city that faced a shortage after missing its last delivery. The first-of-its-kind endeavor was completed Thursday after a pumping operation that lasted more than 60 hours.

los angeles

Body parts found; police investigating

First there was a head, found inside a plastic grocery bag near a popular hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday. Then Wednesday, one hand was found, then the other. Then two feet. The body parts offered ghastly evidence of a killing that the police said must have occurred in the past few days, and which had 100 officers combing the canyon Thursday for additional parts or clues. Officials said the parts seem to belong to a male age 40 to 60. They're hopeful the victim can be identified through fingerprints.

dublin

2 bombs explode in Northern Ireland

Two bombs planted by Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated Thursday night in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, but no injuries were reported as police quickly evacuated the area after phoned warnings. IRA splinter groups based in the overwhelmingly Catholic west side of Londonderry have repeatedly targeted local businesses and police stations with homemade bombs. They reject the IRA's 2005 decision to renounce violence and disarm, and insist that Northern Ireland should be ejected from the United Kingdom by force.

Elsewhere

Dimock, Pa.: The EPA said Thursday it will deliver fresh water to four homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential water wells were tainted by a gas driller.

Pakistan: A CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal area Jan. 10 killed an al-Qaida operative thought to be planning attacks against the West, a U.S. official confirmed Thursday.

Seattle: An elite mountain rescue team headed up Washington's Mount Rainier on Thursday to search for four people missing several days in a vicious storm.

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Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
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Sheriff: Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue responded to a crash Saturday afternoon that resulted in a natural gas leak on Citrus Park Drive, the Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said the area was evacuated and shut down from Gunn Hi...
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Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
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Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
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Broward sheriff’s office launches internal investigations amid questions after Parkland massacre

Broward sheriff’s office launches internal investigations amid questions after Parkland massacre

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating allegations that multiple deputies failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after the shooting rampage there, adding to the mounting internal probes examin...
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Police: Registered sex offender who attacked Marriott hotel worker arrested

Police: Registered sex offender who attacked Marriott hotel worker arrested

TAMPA — A registered sex offender was arrested early Saturday morning by Tampa Police in connection with a hotel worker who was attacked earlier this week, the department said.John Eckhard, 41, was arrested about 1:30 a.m. on charges of aggravated ba...
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Orchestra explores spirit of Florida and the U.S. with ‘Triptych’ and ‘New World’ Symphony

Orchestra explores spirit of Florida and the U.S. with ‘Triptych’ and ‘New World’ Symphony

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the more important programs in the Florida Orchestra’s season combined Antonin Dvorak’s best known symphony with the debut of a major commission. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, better known as the "New World," reaches to the roots o...
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Parents accused of torturing their 13 children face new charges

Parents accused of torturing their 13 children face new charges

The 13 Turpin siblings gained their freedom last month after one of them escaped through a window and called 911, ending years of imprisonment under parents accused of starving and chaining them to their beds in a putrid home not far from Los Angeles...
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Activists call for tech companies to drop NRA’s digital TV channel

Activists call for tech companies to drop NRA’s digital TV channel

Activists are calling for Apple, Amazon, Google and other streaming companies to drop the National Rifle Association’s digital TV channel in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida school last week, putting the companies in the delicate position o...
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Pregnant mother Paige Howard wins women’s Gasparilla 15K

Pregnant mother Paige Howard wins women’s Gasparilla 15K

TAMPA — Initially, Tampa's Paige Howard was a little reticent about joining the pre-dawn throng at the starting line of Saturday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K.On a morning when temperatures began in the mid-60s and climbed, Howard's ...
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