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Emergency crews face toxic challenge in Washington state mudslide OSO: Recovery teams struggling through thick mud up to their armpits and heavy downpours at the site of the devastating landslide in Washington state are facing yet another challenge an unseen and potentially dangerous stew of toxic contaminants. Sewage, propane, household solvents and other chemicals lie beneath the surface of the gray mud and rubble that engulfed hundreds of acres of a small, rural community and left dozens dead and missing northeast of Seattle on the morning of March 22. The official death toll stood at 21 on Monday, with 30 people still listed as unaccounted for nine days after a rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River. County officials planned to present their next update on the status of the recovery operations at 11 a.m. local time on Monday. Managers of the recovery operation were taking special measures to protect the hundreds of workers on ...

US lawmakers see no evidence of terrorism in Malaysia jet crash WASHINGTON: Senior US lawmakers on Sunday said investigators had found no evidence thus far pointing to terrorism in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago, and that it was critical to find the plane to understand what happened on board. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, speaking on Sunday talk shows, said they had seen no evidence of foul play. "I have seen nothing yet ...
Victims of Washington mudslide remembered at tearful church services DARRINGTON: Local churches offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of last week's devastating mudslide in Washington state and words of solace for grieving families and friends, many of whom are still waiting for news of missing loved ones. The presumed body count stood at 28 from the March 22 catastrophe northeast of Seattle, with the official tally of those killed at 18, based on bodies extricated and identified by medical examiners. The number of ...
CN Railway, union agree to start arbitration, ensuring no strike TORONTO: Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing its conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators have agreed to start an arbitration process that ensures their most recent contract dispute will not lead to a strike at Canada's largest rail operator. Both CN and the Teamsters union, which represents some 3,000 workers, confirmed the development by email on Friday. CN spokesman Mark Hallman said he expects the arbitration process towards a new collective agreement to ...
Washington community grieves growing toll in US mudslide DARRINGTON: The grim task of combing through debris from a mudslide that obliterated dozens of homes on the outskirts of a rural Washington town came to a standstill briefly on Saturday for a moment of silence. The somber moment at 10:37 a.m. (1737 GMT) was observed exactly one week after the catastrophe, amid uncertainty over the fate of 90 people still listed as missing. On Friday, the body count was at 27. "The number is ...
5.3-magnitude quake rocks Los Angeles LOS ANGELES: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The quake's epicenter was near La Hambra, about 30 miles (45 km) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and could be felt across the LA metropolitan area, including in Hollywood.Car alarms were reported to have been set off in some areas by the one-mile deep quake, which came 11 days ...
Canada bill to cap wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates OTTAWA: The Canadian government introduced legislation on Friday that would cap wholesale domestic wireless roaming rates as promised by preventing wireless providers from charging other companies more than they charge their own customers for wireless services. The provision, included in an omnibus bill to implement February's February budget, is designed to encourage smaller competitors to the large telecommunications companies. Industry Minister James Moore announced plans for the cap on Dec. 18.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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