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4 plead not guilty in drinking death at Louisiana State

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:36:04 UT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four young men pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal charges in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge. Matthew Alexander Naquin, 20, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was arraigned on a negligent homicide charge in the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia. The felony charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. Three others pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hazing charges. Sean-Paul Gott, 21, of Lafayette, Louisiana; Ryan Isto, 19, of the Canadian town of Oakville, Ontario; and Patrick Forde, 21, of Westwood, Massachusetts, face a maximum of 30 days in jail if convicted. State District Judge Beau Higginbotham scheduled a Sept.

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattles Canada, suburban Detroit

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:58:07 UT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered in southern Canada that also was felt in suburban Detroit. The quake was recorded late Thursday near Amherstburg, Ontario, a town of about 21,900 people. Jeff Ward of Taylor, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press he was on his couch watching television when the ground started shaking. He says a rumbling sound made him think a truck was passing on nearby Interstate 94. But his understanding changed when the sound continued and the house started shaking. National Weather Service meteorologist Ian Lee says the earthquake occurred around 8 p.m. Meteorologist David Gurney says earthquakes of the 3.

Michigan sues company over Great Lakes power cable damage

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:43:45 UT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has sued the company he says damaged electric cables and oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel by dragging a tugboat anchor across them. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court against VanEnkevort Tug & Barge Inc. of Escanaba, Michigan. Two cables were damaged April 1 and released about 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of mineral oil insulation fluid into the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Twin oil pipelines operated by Enbridge Inc. were dented. The suit seeks a civil fine and reimbursement of the state's costs, plus steps to prevent a similar event in the future.

Correction: Great Lakes-Coolant Spill-The Latest story

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:25:33 UT

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — In a story April 17 about a leak of insulation fluid from electric cables in the channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the fluid contained benzene. The fluid contained a benzene compound, which is different from benzene. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: Tugboat blamed in Great Lakes pipeline damage The U.S. Coast Guard says it's still looking into what damaged underwater electric cables and oil pipelines in the channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on damage to oil pipelines and electric cables in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The U.S.

White student pleads guilty, admits racial slur in fight

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:04:56 UT

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — A white Cornell University student has admitted using a racial slur during an attack on a black student and has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Police initially charged 20-year-old John Greenwood, of Toronto, with assault as a hate crime after a black student said he was attacked by several people who hurled racial epithets outside his residence near the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, in September. Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten said Tuesday that Greenwood admitted using racial slurs but that it doesn't appear the brawl was racially motivated. He notes "alcohol was a significant factor." He says the victim and his family agreed with the reduced charge.

Michigan official: Tugboat damaged Great Lakes pipelines

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:28:05 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A tugboat anchor struck underwater oil and electrical lines and caused an insulation fluid spill in the waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron earlier this month, Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday. Bill Schuette said he notified VanEnkevort Tug & Barge that he's planning civil action against the company, saying its tug, named Clyde S. VanEnkevort, had caused the damage in the Straits of Mackinac, a busy passageway for freight haulers and pleasure craft. "The vessel ignored markers in the channel and clearly identified hazards on navigational charts that make clear that an anchor should not be deployed in this area of Straits," Schuette said in a statement.

Chicago, surfers criticize US Steel spills settlement

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:59:55 UT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A proposed federal settlement inadequately punishes U.S. Steel for chemical spills into Lake Michigan, according to Chicago officials and a surfing organization. The deal calls for U.S. Steel to pay nearly $900,000 in fines and penalties for spills at the Midwest Plant in Portage, Indiana, test for hexavalent chromium daily, create a preventative maintenance program and upgrade pollution monitoring. The Chicago Law Department and the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation said in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday that they'll oppose the deal in federal court if the EPA and the Department of Justice don't make significant changes.

Canada pulls families of diplomatic staff from Cuba

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:37:15 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign ministry said Monday that it is ordering families of diplomatic staff in Cuba to return home amid questions about mysterious health symptoms detected in 10 people who were stationed on the island. Canadian diplomats will no longer be accompanied by family members in Cuba because of what it called "ongoing uncertainty" over the cause of the ailments, the ministry said in a statement. Spouses, children or even parents of diplomats already with them in Havana will begin leaving immediately. The move comes after 10 Canadians continue to show unexplained brain symptoms and after "medical information raised concerns for a new type of a possible acquired brain injury.

US Halifax mall plotter admired Columbine, doc reveals

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:29:22 UT

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A prosecutor recommended Monday a sentence of 20 years for an American woman who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in a plot that envisioned her and two online friends pulling out their guns at a Canadian mall. Lindsay Souvannarath of Geneva, Illinois, who attended the hearing, pleaded guilty last April for her role in the 2015 plot. Court documents released say online conversations between Souvannarath, now 26, and a Canadian friend quickly devolved into a shared admiration for the Columbine killers, mass shootings and a murderous conspiracy to go on a Valentine's Day shooting rampage at a Halifax mall. Her lawyer said the sentence should be 12 to 14 years, with credit for time served.

Oil flow resumes through damaged Great Lakes pipelines

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:09:51 UT

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Enbridge Inc. announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5 carries 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Enbridge also was preparing to launch an underwater vehicle to inspect damage to the underwater pipes that officials say may have been caused by a ship's anchor.

Keystone XL developer to meet with Nebraska landowners

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:26:54 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to meet with landowners along its planned route through Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana this week and will start aerial surveying of the route in all three states, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada Inc. spokesman Matt John said the company will make financial offers to all landowners along the proposed route, including those who have already granted the company access to their land. Company officials are forging ahead despite pending lawsuits in Nebraska and Montana that aim to derail the project.

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:22:13 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing an eighth murder charge — the death of a Sri Lankan man who had not been reported missing. Toronto police Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday the 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam. Idsinga said Kanagaratnam's remains were found at a home McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business. The remains of seven others have also been found in large planters at the home. Idsinga said Kanagaratnam, 37, arrived from Sri Lanka in 2010 and was not on file as missing. He lived in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and had no direct family in Canada.

Canada's Trudeau pledges money, new law pipeline happen

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:58:53 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday he has instructed his finance minister to begin talks with Kinder Morgan to "remove the uncertainty" hanging over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada's oil sands to the Pacific Coast Trudeau also said legislation is coming that will "reassert and reinforce" the fact that the federal government is well within its power to approve the project and ensure it goes ahead.

Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through pipelines

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:34:05 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two senators called Friday for temporarily shutting down twin oil pipelines in a sensitive Great Lakes waterway that may have been damaged by a ship anchor strike, which also is suspected in the leak of coolant fluid from nearby electric cables. With an underwater inspection planned for early next week, Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow said oil should not continue flowing through Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac until it's certain the pipes are in good shape. A wintry storm bearing down on the area made the situation more perilous, Peters said.

Man linked to Toronto alleged serial killer identified

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:28:33 UT

TORONTO (AP) — A man believed to be another victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been identified after investigators released his photograph and appealed to the public for help, Toronto police said Friday. McArthur currently faces seven counts of first-degree murder. In early March, police released a photograph of a bearded, dark-skinned man believed to be another one of the 66-year-old landscaper's alleged victims an effort to identify him, and they released an enhanced version of the photo this week. On Friday, police said they had been able to identify him. They said they would not release the man's name or details on whether new charges will be laid until the man's next of kin were notified.

Mastercard Foundation ends Michigan State work over Nassar

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:17:16 UT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Citing "lost confidence," the Mastercard Foundation announced Thursday it will stop supporting programs with Michigan State University as the school deals with fallout from a former sports doctor convicted of molesting athletes. One $45 million program funds the education of students from sub-Saharan Africa. Another $13 million collaborative effort helps young people access agricultural jobs in Tanzania and Nigeria. The Toronto-based foundation said in a release that it will honor current commitments, but plans to terminate the partnership. "The Mastercard Foundation is dedicated to providing a safe environment for young people who participate in our programs," the statement said.

Canadians don hockey jerseys to honor dead in bus crash

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:25:55 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Many Canadians donned hockey jerseys Thursday to honor the 16 players and team personnel who died after a semi-trailer collided with the youth team's bus. People showed up at work and schools across Canada decked out in sports jerseys as part of a "Jersey Day" commemoration inspired by a group of British Columbia hockey moms to send a message of support for the families of the dead. At Ontario's legislature, members of the provincial parliament from all parties wore jerseys. Meanwhile, Toronto's transit authority said it was allowing employees to wear jerseys over their uniforms. A number of Toronto schools posted photographs on social media of students wearing their jerseys.

Death toll in crash of hockey team bus in Canada rises to 16

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:10:27 UT

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) — The death toll in a bus crash involving a junior hockey team rose to 16 on Wednesday as a woman who worked as trainer for the team died. The family of Dayna Brons said the 25-year-old died in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained in last week's accident. Her family said she will be remembered for her smile and her love of sports. They said she was very proud to be part of the Humboldt Broncos team. The team was on its way to a playoff game Friday when the bus collided with a semi-trailer at an intersection near Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Thirteen people were injured. Police say the uninjured truck driver was initially detained but later released and provided with mental health assistance.

Michigan governor: Vessel damaged underwater oil pipelines

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:00:35 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that twin oil pipelines in a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes appear to have sustained minor damage from a vessel that may also have caused a recent leak of coolant fluid from electric cables. Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac in the vicinity of the American Transmission Co. power cables that released an estimated 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluids earlier this month. Enbridge notified state officials Tuesday that inspections after the leak was discovered turned up two small, previously unseen dents in one of its pipelines and a single dent in the other.

Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:18:03 UT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Kirtland's warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dropping legal protections for the warbler but acknowledged efforts will be needed indefinitely to preserve jack pine stands where the birds spend summers and raise their young. They nest primarily in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, although their range has widened to the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin and Ontario as their numbers have risen. They migrate to the Bahamas for winter.