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3 killed, 5 injured after explosion on towboat in Kentucky

Three people were killed and five others injured after an explosion on a docked towboat on the Tennessee River in Kentucky on Friday, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Authorities are investigating what caused the blast on the vessel, which was moored and being repaired at the First Marine facility in Calvert City, according to Coast Guard spokeswoman Lexie Preston. At least 20 people were doing work on the boat at the time of the explosion, Preston said. Officials have not released the identities of the dead and the injured.…

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2018 Nissan Leaf touts a claimed 13,000 preorders – Roadshow

Nissan amassed nearly 20,000 orders for its new 2018 Leaf EV when the order books opened up in Europe and Japan, which is a pretty solid figure. Now, it appears that lightning has struck twice. Nissan has accumulated about 13,000 orders for the 2018 Leaf in the US, Engadget reports, citing a conversation with Nissan during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. I’ve always been a subscriber to the idea that the more “normal” an EV looks, the better chance it has of swaying a gas buyer to the dark side.…

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13 captive siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a year

PERRIS, Calif. — The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year. They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time for supposed offenses like “playing with water” when they washed their hands. Their parents would buy toys, the prosecutor said, but not let them play with them or even take…

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Here’s what the final 20 cities offered Amazon for HQ2 – CNET

Amazon’s headquarters are in Seattle. It’s searching for a place to put a second headquarters.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has whittled down 238 applicants to 20 finalists across North America for its second headquarters. During the bidding process, which began in early September last year, cities across the continent made a mad dash to entice Amazon to come to town, some with bizarre acts of grandeur. Tucson, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to Amazon, while the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, said he bought 1,000 items on Amazon.com and left…

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13 captive siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower twice a year

The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house were allowed to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just twice a year, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told NBC News. Those disturbing details emerged just hours before David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louisa Anna Turpin, 49, were expected to make their first court appearance. They face possible torture and child endangerment charges. David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin in booking photos in Riverside County, California on Jan. 15. Riverside…

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California torture house wasn’t inspected, officials say

There is no record that the horror house in California where 13 starving siblings were found was ever inspected by the fire department as required by law, a city official confirmed Thursday. That could explain why Perris city officials had no idea that David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louisa Anna Turpin, were allegedly torturing their children until Sunday, when their 17-year-old daughter escaped and used a cellphone she found in the house to call 911. A van sits parked on the driveway of the home of David Allen Turpin…

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Winter storm kills at least eight as it paralyzes the South

At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Almost 1,700 arrivals and departures were canceled or delayed by late Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which recorded 2.3 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hundreds of other delays and cancellations were reported at airports in New Orleans, Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina all…

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Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? – CNET

The battle to save net neutrality is heating up as Senate Democrats edge closer to overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulation and lawsuits challenging the agency are filed. But net neutrality supporters shouldn’t hold their breath. These efforts are long shots. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is flanked by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois while speaking last week about the Congressional Review Act resolution that would restore the 2015 net neutrality rules, Mark Wilson / Getty Images On Monday,…

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Deep South, deep freeze: Ice and snow turn travel treacherous

Ice and snow turned travel treacherous across the South, shutting down interstates in Louisiana, causing highway crashes in Kentucky and closing airport runways in Texas as snow turned the red clay white and prompted schools to close across the region. Snow began falling during the pre-dawn hours Tuesday in Louisiana, where freeways were closed in and around Baton Rouge as the winter weather system took aim at other states, forecasters said. With the weather system moving east and plunging temperatures expected right behind it, winter storm warnings were issued for…

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California couple accused of torture brought kids to Vegas weddings

An Elvis impersonator was in the room the three times a California couple accused of starving and torturing their 13 children renewed their vows at a Las Vegas chapel. The “kids” that authorities say were found shackled and filthy in the suburban home of David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin were not in the first video the couple recorded on Oct. 29, 2011, at the Elvis Chapel, where the couple marked their 26th anniversary by promising to “love you tender” and slow dancing as Kent Ripley sang “Can’t Help…

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