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Remains of Massachusetts airman killed in WWII identified

Oct. 18, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a Massachusetts airman killed during World War II have been identified. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Joseph E. Finneran were accounted for Aug. 9. The 22-year-old from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of...

New Mexico shares excess emissions data online

Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is sharing emissions data with the public on its website as it works on new regulations aimed at reducing pollution. The department says the data involves excess emissions of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants that are...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...

Earthquake probed as possible cause of California fuel fire

Oct. 16, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake struck...

Magnitude 4.7 quake shakes part of central California

Oct. 15, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.7 earthquake struck a remote area of central California on Tuesday. But a seismologist said there was no connection to a slightly smaller quake hours earlier in the San Francisco Bay region. The temblor occurred at 12:42 p.m. and was centered about 16 miles (25...

2 contractors killed, 2 injured at Saudi oil refinery

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi oil refinery owned by its state-run energy company says an apparent industrial accident has killed two workers and injured two others. SASREF, based in Jubail on the Persian Gulf, said Tuesday that the deaths happened "on a vessel while contractors were working on...

Ecuador indigenous, president strike deal to end protests

Oct. 13, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — President Lenín Moreno and leaders of Ecuador's indigenous peoples struck a deal late Sunday to cancel a disputed austerity package and end nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.  Under the agreement announced just before 10...

Trial opens over chemical contamination of Alaska well water

Oct. 9, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and two companies have gone to trial to determine who will be held responsible for water contamination in the community of North Pole. Opening arguments began Monday concerning the spill of the chemical sulfolane, which seeped into wells near the North Pole...

Man gets probation after oil processing plant explosion

Oct. 4, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian man has been sentenced to two years of probation for not doing enough to prevent the hazardous conditions that led to an explosion that injured three workers at an oil processing plant in southeastern Montana. U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said 44-year-old Mark Hurst of...

Worker who died at BP’s NW Indiana refinery fell 30 feet

Oct. 3, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — A construction worker who was killed at BP’s sprawling northwestern Indiana oil refinery died after falling about 30 feet (9 meters). The Lake County coroner says 23-year-old Gilberto Rangel Jr. of Griffith was pronounced dead Wednesday at BP’s Whiting refinery. The...