April 18, 2013 |
The blast at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant on Wednesday night was so massive that investigators believe it probably involved a significant amount of ammonium nitrate, a chemical that some scientists say should be regulated as an explosive. In a report filed with the Texas Department of State Health Services on Feb. 26, West Fertilizer Co. said that it had up to 270 tons of ammonium nitrate at its facility, along with up to 100,000 pounds of liquid ammonia. The exact amounts on hand at the plant are not yet known, officials said.
April 17, 2013 |
That mysterious new dent on the car? Chances are, if the husband did it, he'll take the "wasn't me" route and lie about it. And, of course, the faithful wife will believe him. Insure.com polled 1,000 married adults last month to find out how honest they are about owning up to traffic accidents, traffic tickets, auto insurance matters and more. Someone must have hit my car in the parking lot: When the results for husbands and wives were studied, the poll showed that 42% of the husbands dinged the car and blamed someone else.
April 16, 2013 |
A boating accident off the Philippines coast has exposed Chinese poaching of a protected species of scaly anteater, or pangolin, prized in traditional medicine. A 500-ton Chinese fishing vessel, the Min Long Yu, crashed into a coral reef April 8. When the boat was inspected, authorities found more than 2,000 butchered pangolins rolled up and packed into 400 boxes. It is one of the largest hauls of the species, which is subject to an international trade ban. Pangolins are long, lizard-like land mammals covered with scales, which make them look like pine cones when they roll themselves up for protection.
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April 10, 2013 |
A Costa Mesa police detective who died last month after a single-vehicle car crash was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, according to an official report. Det. Michael Delgadillo's blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.14% shortly after his car crashed into a concrete pillar near Newport Boulevard and Bristol Street on March 5, according to results from a toxicology exam completed last week by the Orange County coroner. The blood sample was taken before he died.
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April 5, 2013 |
Expo Line riders should expect minor delays near the 23rd Street station Friday after a vehicle struck a power pole in the area late Thursday, Metro announced on its website and Twitter account . Officials said the vehicle may have sheared the pole's foundation bolts, causing delays and the use of bus shuttle service early Friday morning. At that time, service on the line had been suspended between the Jefferson/USC station and the 7th Street/Metro Center stop. But around 4 a.m., Metro said emergency repairs had been completed and normal service would be restored to all stations with “minor” delays near 23rd Street “due to restricted speed from emergency repairs.” The Expo Line connects the Westside to downtown Los Angeles and several other parts of the county.
March 30, 2013 |
A Navy SEAL who died in a free-fall parachuting accident this week during training exercises in Arizona was identified as Brett David Shadle of Elizabethville, Pa. The accident happened on Thursday near the Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., where military training is frequently conducted. It sent another sailor to the hospital where he remains in stable condition, officials said. Shadle, 31, enlisted in the Navy in 2000 and completed his SEAL training one year later. He was assigned to the Navy's East Coast Special Warfare Unit, according to information provided by Naval Special Warfare Command.