EPA official lauds river spill cleanup
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that significant improvement had been made at the site of an oil spill in a southern Michigan river, but the agency cautioned that it will take months to complete the cleanup.
Those efforts, along with air and water quality monitoring, continue to increase along the affected stretch of the Kalamazoo River, EPA regional administrator Susan Hedman said during a media briefing in Marshall.
The oil flow was stopped and contained in a 25-mile stretch of the river from Marshall westward past Battle Creek.
Truck at fair hits another, killing girl
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A truck in a central Kansas county fair event left a mud track and hit another truck in the spectator area, fatally injuring a 17-year-old girl.
Hannah Deaver of Shawnee died at a hospital after the accident Saturday at the Lyon County Fair in Emporia.
Police said Deaver was sitting in the bed of a pickup watching the fair's "Mud-A-Thon." One of the modified pickup trucks in the event went through a guardrail, became airborne and hit the pickup where Deaver and another teen were sitting.
The other teen was treated at a hospital and later released.
Condo balcony falls, injuring 23 people
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The second-floor balcony of a condominium in central Texas collapsed during a party, sending 23 people to the hospital.
The collapse happened around 4:15 a.m. Sunday at the Garden Court Condominiums in Austin, about four miles from the city's downtown.
Fire Lt. Randy Elmore said about 30 people were on the balcony when it collapsed. He said 23 people were taken to an Austin hospital with injuries ranging from minor scratches to bone fractures.
Fish cargo keeps flopping into yard
WHITING, Maine (AP) — There's something fishy in Whiting, Maine.
For the third time, a fish truck has accidently dumped its load in Esther MacLaughlin's front yard, located on a sharp turn near the intersection of Route 189 and Route 1.
Maine State Police say a truck carrying at least 22,000 pounds of lobster-bait herring overturned on the curve Saturday, spilling its cargo and injuring the driver.
Trooper Andrew Foss tells the Bangor Daily News the driver blew a tire as he drove through the curve, causing the truck to flip on its side. The driver was hospitalized with leg injuries. The truck sustained $25,000 in damage.
Robber calls back to gripe about loot
ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a man who robbed a fast-food restaurant with a gun was so mad about the amount of loot that he called back twice to complain.
The man walked up to the drive-through window of an Atlanta Wendy's late Saturday night, wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.
He demanded the cash drawer, grabbed it and ran away.
But police say he later called the fast food restaurant to complain about the amount of cash.
Police say in one call he said that "next time there better be more than $586."
He called again with a similar complaint.