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Drillers snap up federal leases near Utah's wilderness monuments
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday auctioned off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, a sign of strong industry demand in a region conservationists have vowed to protect. The Utah lease sale included terrain near the former boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument, whose size was scaled back by the Trump administration last year, as well as the Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients monuments, according to the bureau. Total proceeds from the auction were $1.56 million, according to the BLM.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:35:34 -0400
Texas bomber suspect kills self as police close in, officials say
A 24-year-old man suspected of a series of deadly bombings around Austin, Texas, blew himself up early on Wednesday as police closed in on him, police officials said. Police had tracked the suspect to a hotel near Austin, the state's capital city, and were following his vehicle when he pulled to the side of the road and detonated a device, killing himself, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters near the scene. "The suspect is deceased and has significant injuries from a blast that occurred from detonating a bomb inside his vehicle," Manley told reporters.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:35:00 -0400
Minnesota officer charged with murdering Australian to appear in court
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman in July was expected to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday, the day after he was charged with murder. A Hennepin County District Court judge will set bail for Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, who was charged on Tuesday in the death of Justine Damond, 40.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:02:51 -0400
Insurers' new business: "active shooter" policies for U.S. schools
Since the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school, where 17 people were killed and more than a dozen injured, seven South Florida school districts have bought $3 million worth of "active shooter" coverage that Marshall's Ohio-based employer, the McGowan Companies, began selling in 2016. "Every day we get a phone call from another school district," Marshall said.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:06:51 -0400
Winter storm to strike U.S. East, snarling traffic, closing schools
(Reuters) - Millions of commuters along the U.S. East Coast will face another round of heavy snow, ice and wind gusts on Wednesday when the fourth major snow storm this month strikes the region, closing schools, grounding flights and halting buses and trains. The nor'easter storm is on track to dump up to a foot of snow and bring gusts of up to 50 miles per hour (80 kmph) to major cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Boston on Wednesday and into Thursday, the National Weather Service said. More than 2,000 flights had already been canceled on Tuesday evening at the three major airports that serve New York.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:26:42 -0400
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