Tuesday, June 26, 2012

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 27th June 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA at a depth of 200.6 km (124.7 miles), the quake hit at 03:39:03 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 243 km (151 miles) WNW from Saumlaki, Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

War? Invasion of Syria may be underway as unconfirmed reports of British SAS units advancing in the north and presidential palace attack reports roll in (New posts below)

Unconfirmed first reports from British, French and Turkish sources say British special operations forces crossed from Turkey into northern Syria Tuesday, June 26, and advanced up to 10 kilometers inside the country. The same sources report heavy fighting around the Presidential Guards compound on the outskirts of Damascus.

Debkafile’s military sources note that this compound exists to defend Bashar Assad’s presidential palace on Mount Qaisoun overlooking Damascus.
British and Gulf TV stations are again running interviews with dozens of Syrian soldiers taken prisoner by rebel forces and transferred to Free Syrian Army centers in South Turkey. But this time, they are being aired in conjunction with those two developments, indicating pivotal and coordinated military action inside the embattled country, or even the start of western intervention against the Assad regime. more

International papers are also picking up the story regarding clashes between rebel units and the Syrian Republican Guard, such as in the Irish Examiner.

Note: The CC is currently investigating this situation and will bring all information to light as it comes. It seems that the SAS actions were coordinated to begin the moment Putin left Syria, and that Western intervention may have begun. We do not know if this is the beginning of a major ground offensive, or if this is simply a destabilization effort. If you are in Syria and capable of communicating with us, or are in nearby regions and have more information, please email us immediately. 



David Cameron Heckled By Olympics Volunteer

David Cameron is filmed being heckled by a London 2012 volunteer during his speech marking one month until the Games start.

David Cameron was told he should be "ashamed of himself" as he was heckled by a London 2012 volunteer during a speech marking the one-month countdown to the Olympics.

The Prime Minister had only just started talking to about 200 official Games Maker volunteers at a uniform warehouse in east London when the protester stepped forward.

Dressed in the purple and orange official uniform, the man shouted: "Shame on you, David Cameron - you are crippling the poor in London. Shame on you..."

As Mr Cameron pleaded with the man not to "spoil" the occasion, the protester tried to continue to speak but his words were drowned out by the other volunteers. He was then ushered out. Read More

Obama: Give Me More Campaign Cash Or Risk Defeat

President Barack Obama has issued a stark warning to his supporters ahead of this year's US presidential election. "Give more money or risk defeat."

"I will be the first President in modern history to be outspent in his re-election campaign if things continue as they have so far," the President said in an email to potential voters.

It is a change in tactics and an attempt to scare supporters into donating more.

Until now the campaign's tone had been more inspirational than alarmist.

The email even plucks one hypothetical scenario out of the ether to predict Mr Obama's inevitable defeat.

"We can be outspent and still win - but we can't be outspent 10 to 1 and still win." Read More

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 27th June 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck EASTERN TURKEY at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 03:31:08 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 24 km (15.2 miles) East of Ercis, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 27th June 2012

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles), the quake hit at 02:27:12 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 89 km (55.1 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro for the 3rd day, Canary Islands with 552 earthquakes recorded since Monday 24th June 2012.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN IRAN - 27th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck WESTERN IRAN at a depth of 38.2 km (23.7 miles), the quake hit at 02:25:42 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 0 km (0 miles) ENE of pamas, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 27th June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA at a depth of 125.8 km (78.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:53:05 UTC Wednesday 27th June 2012
The epicenter was 269 km (167 miles) West of Saumlaki, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles), the quake hit at 21:33:53 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 29 km (18 miles) Southwest of Sochi, Russia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 48 km (29.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:17:14 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 13 km (8 miles) Southwest of Chincha Alta, Peru
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Crop Circle 25th June at Cherhill, nr Calne, Wiltshire, UK

Newly-supplied Russian Pantsyr-1 anti-air missile used to down Turkish warplane

Turkish Air Force F-4 Super Phantom Friday, June 22, over Latakia Syria used Russian-made self-propelled medium range anti-air Pantsyr-1 missiles recently supplied by Moscow (not as first reported anti-air Buk-M2 missiles). This weapon can down aircraft flying at altitudes up to 12 kilometers and cruise missiles. The unit responsible for the ambush was the 73rd brigade of the Syrian army’s 26th Air Defense Division.

Since the sophisticated weapons were delivered to the Assad regime in recent weeks, it must be assumed that local missile crews had not finished training in their use and would have had to rely on help from their Russian instructors to fire one.

This would be the first instance in the 15-month Syrian uprising of an advanced Russian-supplied weapon hitting the military target of a NATO member. Hence the comment from Washington by US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland who said: “We’ve seen the reports… We have obviously been in contact with our Turkish ally…. To my knowledge, they haven’t raised this at NATO at this point.” more

Riot Police React to Guangdong Province Factory Seige, China

Colorado wildfire rages close to residential community

June 26 - A wildfire roaring virtually unchecked near some of Colorado's most visited tourist sites and close to residential neighborhoods is keeping some 4,800 people out of their homes on the outskirts of the state's second-most populous city, authorities say.

Angela Merkel: Europe would not share total debt liability "as long as I live"

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to bury once and for all the idea of common euro zone bonds on Tuesday, saying Europe would not share total debt liability "as long as I live", as the bloc's big four finance ministers met to narrow differences on how to solve a worsening debt crisis.

Two days before a crucial European Union summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy released a seven-page report on closer fiscal and banking union envisaging a euro zone treasury that would issue common debt in the medium term.

Merkel immediately stamped on the idea of mutualising debt - favored by France, Italy and Spain - at a meeting of lawmakers from her Free Democratic coalition partners in Berlin, according to people who attended the closed-door session.

"I don't see total debt liability as long as I live," she was quoted as saying, a day after branding the idea of euro bonds "economically wrong and counterproductive". Read More

Bomb explodes outside Tunisian consulate in Tripoli

(Reuters) - A bomb exploded outside the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli on Tuesday, causing damage but no injuries, a Libyan security official said, the latest in a rash of attacks on foreign targets in the North African state.

Libyan police had no information on the identity or motive of the attackers, and a consulate official declined to comment.

Resentment of Tunisia among remaining supporters of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may have been stirred by Tunisia's extradition of his ex-prime minister on Sunday - making him the first senior official from the old regime to be returned for trial under Libya's transitional leadership.

The attacks on embassies and international buildings and convoys in Libya this year have underlined the disorder in the country ahead of its first democratic election slated for July 7, almost a year after rebels toppled Gaddafi.

They have also raised concern about the proliferation of weapons in the oil-exporting state that became readily available to citizens during the anti-Gaddafi uprising. Read More

EU set to discuss size of Cyprus bailout

'Islam rising, West diminishing, Libya big terror training camp'

'CIA trains, arms anti-Syria death squads'

Assad says Syria in a "real state of war"

(Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday his country was in a state of war and ordered his newly appointed government to direct all its efforts towards vanquishing the uprising against him.

"We live in a real state of war from all angles," Assad told a cabinet he appointed on Tuesday in a speech aired on Syrian state television. "When we are in a war, all policies and all sides and all sectors need to be directed at winning this war."

Assad dismissed the arguments of Western countries that have been calling for him to step aside. The West "takes and never gives and this has been proven at every stage," he said.

"We want good relations with all countries but we must know where our interests lie," he said.

Syrian forces are accused by the United Nations of killing more than 10,000 people during a 16-month revolt that has posed the greatest threat to four decades of Assad family rule.

The president's speech - which also included comments on the benefits of renewable energy and the strategic importance of the Syrian agriculture sector, while troops and rebels battled on the outskirts of Damascus - will be seen as an escalation of Assad's firm rhetoric that has shown no sign of compromise.

He said Syrians would learn to support the government once it better explained its plans for political reforms. Read More

Jamie Heaton Died in Oldham Explosion, Police Treating Death as Suspicious

Greater Manchester Police issue an update after a suspected gas explosion killed a child and left a man critically ill.

Detectives investigating a massive explosion that killed a two-year-old boy in Oldham are treating the death as suspicious.

Jamie Heaton died after a suspected gas blast ripped through thee terraced houses in the Shaw area.

A man who is not related to the toddler - named locally as Anthony Partington - is in a critical condition with severe burns.

Rescue workers are still desperately trying to reach a man who is trapped under rubble, and police say another resident is missing.

The blast happened at around 11.15 am destroying one house. Witnesses say two others are wrecked, and another has been seriously damaged. Read More

Oldham Gas Explosion

'Turkey threat useless against Syria'

Turkey threatens Syria with military retaliation over downed jet

Turkish PM also warns that armed forces will respond to any Syrian encroachment on the border

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has threatened Syria with retaliation for the shooting down of a military jet, and warned that Turkish armed forces would respond to any Syrian encroachment on their joint border.

The warning from Ankara came as opposition activists reported 92 people killed across Syria and Russia signalled that it would take part in new diplomatic attempt to end the crisis. The UN's head of peacekeeping told the security council that monitors were still unable to operate because of the risks they faced.

Erdoğan described the downing of the reconnaissance plane on Friday as a deliberate and hostile act that would not go unanswered. Read More

Merkel buries euro bonds as summit tension rises

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to bury once and for all the idea of common euro zone bonds on Tuesday, saying Europe would not share total debt liability "as long as I live", as the bloc's big four finance ministers met to narrow differences on how to solve a worsening debt crisis.

Two days before a crucial European Union summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy released a seven-page report on closer fiscal and banking union envisaging a euro zone treasury that would issue common debt in the medium term.

Merkel immediately stamped on the idea of mutualising debt - favored by France, Italy and Spain - at a meeting of lawmakers from her Free Democratic coalition partners in Berlin, according to people who attended the closed-door session.

"I don't see total debt liability as long as I live," she was quoted as saying, a day after branding the idea of euro bonds "economically wrong and counterproductive". Read More

Turkish PM warns Syria of backlash over plane shooting

(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told Syria to beware the wrath of Turkey after the shooting down of a warplane and said he had ordered the armed forces to react to any military threat from Syria near the two countries' border.

Erdogan's warning to Syria reflected increased tensions not only on the Mediterranean coast, where the aircraft was shot down last Friday, but on a long common land border criss-crossed by rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria said on Sunday it had killed several "terrorists" infiltrating from Turkey.

In Syria itself, Damascus suburbs were gripped by the worst fighting in the capital since the uprising against Assad began 16 months ago. The city had long been seen as a bastion of support for the president.

Erdogan, who fell out with Assad after he dismissed his advice to allow reforms, said Turkey was no warmonger.

"Our rational response should not be perceived as weakness, our mild manners do not mean we are a tame lamb," he told a meeting of his parliamentary party. "Everybody should know that Turkey's wrath is just as strong and devastating as its friendship is valuable." Read More

Flooding worsens in India

June 26 - The flood situation in the northeastern Indian state of Assam deteriorated on Tuesday as heavy rainfall breached embankments, inundating towns and villages

Russia says Iran should be part of Syria summit

DEAD SEA, Jordan — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Iran should be invited to an international meeting on the Syria conflict in Geneva at the weekend.

"It is better to involve Iran in the settlement (of the Syria crisis)," Putin told a news conference following talks with Jordan's King Abdullah on the shores of the Dead Sea.

"In any case it would complicate the process (if Iran is ignored)."

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who accompanied Putin, told reporters separately that Moscow believes Iran has to be invited to the meeting on Saturday.

"It should certainly be done," he said, adding that he would take part in the summit.
He indicated that the talks without Iran would be less productive.

"You have to use this chance," he said, adding that if Iran is not invited "then all those who can really influence all the main Syrian sides will not be present."

He hinted that there is still a chance Iran might be invited. Read More

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck GUATEMALA at a depth of 181.4 km (112.7 miles), the quake hit at 17:19:06 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 8 km (4 miles) North of Cuilco, Guatemala
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE at a depth of 29 km (18.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:01:38 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 46 km (28.5 miles) Southwest of Lebu, Chile
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles), the quake hit at 16:50:19 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 89 km (55.1 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles), the quake hit at 16:35:57 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 86 km (53.3 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro for the 2nd day, Canary Islands with 463 earthquakes recorded in the past 48 hours.

Fraud Ring In Hacking Attack On 60 Banks at Least 60 Million Euros Stolen so Far

Some 60m euro is stolen from bank accounts in a massive cyber raid, after fraudsters raid dozens of banks around the world.

Sixty million euro has been stolen from bank accounts in a massive cyber bank raid after fraudsters raided dozens of financial institutions around the world.

According to a joint report by software security firm McAfee and Guardian Analytics, more than 60 firms have suffered from what it has called an "insider level of understanding".

"The fraudsters' objective in these attacks is to siphon large amounts from high balance accounts, hence the name chosen for this research - Operation High Roller," the report said.

"If all of the attempted fraud campaigns were as successful as the Netherlands example we describe in this report, the total attempted fraud could be as high as 2bn (£1.6bn)."

The automated malicious software programme was discovered to use servers to process thousands of attempted thefts from both commercial firms and private individuals.

The stolen money was then sent to so-called mule accounts in caches of a few hundreds and 100,000 euro (£80,000) at a time.

Credit unions, large multinational banks and regional banks have all been attacked.

Sky News defence and security editor Sam Kiley said: "It does include British financial institutions and has jumped over to North America and South America. Read More

Oldham Gas Explosion: Police confirm a child has died after a house was destroyed in a suspected gas explosion in Oldham

One child has died and a man is trapped under rubble after a number of homes were damaged in a suspected gas explosion in Oldham, police have said.

Another man remains unaccounted for following the blast and one more has been airlifted to hospital with 80% burns to his body.

It is understood the trapped man can be seen but officers are trying to remove debris so he can be freed.

There are extensive road blocks around the area of the blast, which happened just after 11am.

Rescue teams are at the scene, which centres on a house near Buckley Street and Duchess Street. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck TAJIKISTAN at a depth of 1 km (0.6 miles), the quake hit at 15:51:51 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 40 km (24.8 miles) Southeast of Karakendzha, Tajikistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE at a depth of 128 km (79.3 miles), the quake hit at 14:36:59 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 165 km (102.3 miles) north of Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA at a depth of 166.2 km (103.3 miles), the quake hit at 14:17:41 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 116 km (72 miles) West of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CYPRUS REGION - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck CYPRUS REGION at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 14:11:22 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 88 km (54.5 miles) West of Polis, Cyprus
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 36 km (22.4 miles), the quake hit at 13:42:30 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 304 km (188 miles) ESE of Kamaishi, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck the FIJI REGION at a depth of 175.2 km (108.9 miles), the quake hit at 12:32:36 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 167 km (104 miles) WSW from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Jonathon Andrew Stenberg wanted over the beheading of Edward Kelly in northern New South Wales

Part of Darwin is in lockdown and residents are being warned to stay away from their homes as police hunt a fugitive wanted over the beheading of a man in northern NSW.

More than 100 Northern Territory police are involved in the manhunt for Jonathon Andrew Stenberg, 56, accused of beheading Edward Kelly, 54, of Broadwater last week.

NT Police Commander Richard Bryson said people in the cordoned-off area of Darwin's rural outskirts should be on the alert.

"Make no mistake, this is a very serious situation," Cmdr Bryson said.

"In policing terms, this is as serious as it gets," he said.

He said people who lived in the affected area should try to make arrangements so they didn't have to return home.

Police located Stenberg's car on Tuesday morning acting on information from NSW police, and officers sighted the fugitive but decided not to arrest him.

"The members were not in a position from a personal safety perspective to engage the person," Mr Bryson said. Read More

Turkey Warns Syrian Forces Not to Approach Border

ISTANBUL — As the crisis with Syria over the downing of a Turkish warplane showed no sign of easing, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, buoyed by the support of NATO allies, issued a blunt warning to Damascus on Tuesday not to test his country's resolve, threatening to offer a Turkish military response to any perceived threat along their troubled border.

Mr. Erdogan spoke as ambassadors from the NATO alliance held emergency talks in Brussels, called after Syria shot down a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean Sea.

After the meeting, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance considered Syria's actions "unacceptable" and that NATO countries had "expressed their strong support and solidarity with Turkey," he said.

In Ankara, Mr. Erdogan said Turkey had revised its military rules of engagement toward Syria. Read More

Oldham explosion: House 'completely flattened'

People remain unaccounted for after a large explosion "completely flattened" a house in the Shaw area of Oldham, firefighters have said.

Greater Manchester Fire Service said a search was under way for people in four terraced houses damaged by the blast in Buckley Street.

One person has been taken to hospital with 80% burns.

Greater Manchester Police said the suspected gas explosion happened shortly after 11:15 BST.

A fire service helicopter with listening equipment is at the scene trying to detect if people are trapped in the rubble.

North West Ambulance Service said the burns victim had been taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. Read More

Technocrat tipped to become Greek finance minister:.....What a Surprise!

(Reuters) - Greek coalition leaders are expected to appoint Yannis Stournaras, a respected economist who was part of the team that negotiated the country's entry into the euro, as new finance minister, four officials from parties in the coalition government said.

"(Prime Minister Antonis) Samaras has chosen Stournaras," one party official said, adding that the three coalition leaders had reached a deal on the nomination.

A second party official said the former government chief economist and banker was "99 percent" likely to become finance minister after the government's first choice, Vassilis Rapanos, resigned on Monday because of ill health.

A government official who asked not to be named also said Stournaras, 55, was likely to be appointed, adding that an official announcement would be made later on Tuesday. Source

Nigel Farage - Break up the euro and restore human dignity - 22nd May 2012

California workers demand basic living wages

South Sudan 'failed to stop ethnic fighting'

Politics or gang warfare?

Designer drugs evade US law enforcement

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE - 26th June 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE at a depth of 22 km (13.6 miles), the quake hit at 10:38:54 UTC Tuesday 26th June 2012
The epicenter was 50 km (31 miles) West of Valparaíso, Chile
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Fermi 2's Nuclear reactor shut down after pressure problem‎

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The reactor of the Fermi 2 nuclear plant in Monroe County has been shut down due to an equipment problem.

The Monroe Evening News reports crews idled the plant around 1:30 p.m. Monday when its steam condenser lost the vacuum that pulls steam across a series of cooling tubes. The condenser turns steam back into water after it's used to spin the plant's turbines.

Plant spokesman Guy Cerullo says Fermi 2 "is in a safe, stable condition."

Cerullo says plant operator DTE Energy is investigating the reason for the pressure loss, and he didn't know when Fermi 2 would be back in operation. Read More

Greek economist Stournaras expected to be named finance minister: coalition party sources

Exxon reports leak in line at Baton Rouge, LA, refinery

(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp reported a leak in a supply line on the T1 tower at its 502,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that led to a release of benzene, according to a filing with the National Response Center.

The incident happened around 7:56 a.m local time on Monday. The line was isolated to stop the leak and the leak should be secured within an hour, the filing said.

The Baton Rouge refinery is the third largest in the United States Source

Member of sick family diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease‎, Michigan



WNEM TV5 has new information about a family who contracted a mystery illness after a family reunion trip up north.

Tonight officials have confirmed at least one person has a case of Legionnaires disease.

Twenty-seven family members went to a private resort in Boyne City, but when they came back last week, four had to be hospitalized, and 10 others have become sick or are taking antibiotics.

Two of them are on life support at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor. Read More

Woman hospitalized, dogs killed in bee attack in Florida

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a central Florida woman was hospitalized and her dogs died after they were attacked by a swarm of bees.

Martin County Fire Rescue reports the woman was going for a walk Monday morning when she was attacked near a vacant lot. Nearby lawn workers tried to help the woman. Fire rescue crews responded and took the woman to a nearby hospital.

Officials say one of the dogs died at the scene, white the other died at a veterinary clinic. Officials say both dogs were pugs.

The woman's name wasn't immediately released, and it wasn't clear what her condition was.
Insect experts weren't sure how many bees attacked the woman and her pets, only guessing the number was in the thousands. Read More