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Arson caused Texas fertilizer plant explosion, officials say

fertilizer plant, explosion, arson, West Texas

DALLAS (AP) — One question has lingered in the Central Texas farming town of West since a fertilizer plant caught fire in 2013 and exploded, killing 15 people and damaging at least $100 million in property: What caused the blaze? On Wednesday, federal officials came to West with an answer — and in the process cast a much different light ...

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Township sets public forum for residents on gas explosion

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Elected supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have scheduled a meeting where residents can get more information about a massive natural gas pipeline explosion last month. Officials from Salem Township, Westmoreland County’s emergency management team and Spectra Energy, the Houston company that owns the pipeline and several others that run through the township, will be present ...

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A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than ...

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Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

Death toll rises to 32 in Mexico petrochemical plant blast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state oil company says that searchers have recovered four more bodies from a petrochemical plant wrecked by a huge explosion on the country’s Gulf coast, raising the death toll to 32. Petroleos Mexicanos said in a statement Sunday that rescuers with dogs had reached some of the area’s most affected by Wednesday’s blast and had ...

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24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing

24 dead in Mexico petrochemical plant blast, 8 still missing

COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — The death toll from an explosion that ripped through a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast is now 24, state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos reported. Pemex raised the toll late Thursday from the 13 fatalities previously known and said eight workers remained missing. It also said 19 people remained hospitalized, with 13 of them in ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 15-22

A deadly explosion devastated a Mexican community and low gasoline prices continue to cause problems in the Gulf states. Scroll down to recap this week’s top Eagle Ford news headlines. 5. ‘Hard choices’ in Texas as oil bust, costly lawsuits collide HOUMA, La. (AP) — It might sound strange, but the penny-pinching folks in Louisiana’s Oil Patch can’t wait for ...

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Blast kills 13, injures dozens at Mexico petrochemical plant

Blast kills 13, injures dozens at Mexico petrochemical plant

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion killed 13 people and injured scores at a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast. The blast and ensuing fire caused evacuations in the area as a fire billowed a toxin-filled cloud into the air. The head of Mexico’s civil defense agency, Luis Felipe Puente, wrote in his Twitter account Thursday that emergency personnel ...

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Regulators allow ExxonMobil to restart refinery in Torrance

ExxonMobil, refinery, Torrance, California

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Regulators agreed Saturday to let ExxonMobil resume operations at an oil refinery in Torrance more than a year after an explosion crippled the plant and led to higher gas prices in California. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 3-2 to allow the refinery to produce emissions that will exceed pollution limits as it ...

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Prosecutors seek max prison deal for ex-coal CEO

Prosecutors seek max of 1 year in prison for ex-coal CEO

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Prosecutors want a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for convicted ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who ran a West Virginia coal mine that was the site of a deadly explosion. In a sentencing memorandum in federal court Monday, prosecutors said a shorter sentence could only be interpreted as declaring that mine safety laws aren’t ...

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Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

Seattle explosion levels buildings, injures firefighters

SEATTLE (AP) — A natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, sending nine firefighters to the hospital and reducing businesses to rubble. Crews were responding to reports of a natural gas leak when the explosion happened along the main thoroughfare of the city’s Greenwood neighborhood, just north of downtown, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Corey Orvold said. As the ...

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