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Power outage sparks fire at Nebraska ethanol plant

ethanol plant fire

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a power outage caused a fire at a central Nebraska ethanol plant. The Grand Island Independent reports (http://bit.ly/29nhb8B ) that crews responded to the fire around 5:40 a.m. Thursday at the Green Plains plant in Wood River. Wood River Fire Chief Todd King says the fire was contained to the dryer, but crews ...

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Quebec town ravaged by train fire wants rail to bypass it

Lac-Megantic Quebec, derailment

LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — A runaway oil train brought death and destruction to this tiny community in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying dozens of buildings. Three years later, trains still roll through downtown, just feet from restaurants and shops. Residents who see them as a haunting reminder of the conflagration want trains re-routed around the town, and a ...

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Ford Explorers investigated for exhaust gas odor inside SUV

ford explorer

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Ford Explorer owners who say they smelled exhaust gas inside the SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it received 154 complaints involving Ford Explorers with model years between 2011 and 2015. One driver said the odor caused a low-speed crash. No injuries were reported. The NHTSA and ...

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Man survives 120-foot fall from Kansas wind turbine

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas sheriff says a man who fell 120 feet while working on a wind turbine is expected to survive. Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says the worker was seriously injured during the tumble onto muddy terrain Sunday morning while he was repairing a blade on a wind generator near Pratt. Chinn says emergency responders ...

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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

traffic deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist ...

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