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Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:30

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday's poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery's oil spill. That work is expected to resume Sunday.

Crews were scheduled to remove oil-covered pebbles Saturday along the lake some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago where a refinery malfunction discharged oil earlier this week.

BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows between 15 and 39 barrels of oil were discharged into the lake by its Whiting refinery. That's between 630 and 1,638 gallons.


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Mumps cases in central Ohio outbreak now top 100
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials monitoring a central Ohio mumps outbreak say the viral illness has now affected more than 100 people.

Eighty-one of the 103 confirmed cases reported Friday are linked to Ohio State University. Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to this week.

Most of those infected are from Columbus. A few are from elsewhere in surrounding Franklin County.

Individual cases also have been reported involving people from Fairfield, Hamilton, Licking and Union counties.

Delaware County says it is investigating seven suspected cases of mumps.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.


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Ohio woman arrested in husband's poisoning death
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:50

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Ohio woman in the 2009 poisoning death of her husband and say they believe she did it by slipping antifreeze into a drink.

The Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office in northeastern Ohio arrested 53-year-old Teresa Kotomski on a murder charge Friday morning at a home in Conneaut where she was living with family.

A message left at the home seeking comment was not returned Friday. It's unclear whether Kotomski has an attorney.

Investigators declined to discuss a possible motive or say what led them to Kotomski.

Her husband of five years, 65-year-old Raymond Kotomski, died at a hospital three days after he was found unconscious in his Pierpont home on Aug. 13, 2009. He had three grown children with his former wife of 36 years.


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Judge eases ruling on Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist
Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:25

A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has loosened restrictions on an anti-fracking activist who had been barred from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Vera Scroggins, 63, who is known for leading bus tours of the Marcellus Shale gas field and posting videos of drilling operations online, had argued the order prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants and other places that leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The company has said it only wanted to keep her from its active work sites.

Susquehanna Judge Kenneth Seamans ruled Thursday that Scroggins must continue to stay away from a dozen properties owned by Cabot as well as from active drilling sites, producing gas wells and access roads. The judge's previous order barred Scroggins from any land owned or leased by Cabot - a region composing 40 percent of the county's land mass.

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U.S. recognizes Michigan same-sex couple marriages
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:04

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

Holder's action on Friday enables the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the couples. It came two days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan won't recognize the marriages performed last weekend. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the gay marriage ban the day before.

Snyder's move closed the door to certain state benefits reserved solely for married couples.

Four counties granted licenses before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary halt. The stay was extended indefinitely on Tuesday.


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