Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Cleanup underway after California oil spill

Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled Thursday from a pipeline and flowed down a ravine in Southern California but did not reach the ocean, officials said. As much as 29,400 gallons of oil spilled and flowed a quarter- to half-mile from the spill, fire authorities said. The line operator, Crimson Pipeline LLC, estimated that at most 25,200 gallons were released, said spokeswoman Kendall Klingler. The cause was under investigation, she said.

"The product has been contained and we are in cleanup and mitigation," she said. The spill occurred in the Hall Canyon area above the city of Ventura and flowed into the Prince Barranca, a ravine that ends at San Buenaventura State Beach near the Ventura Pier.

Agency hopes apps will keep drones away from wildfires * Federal authorities are seeking a high-tech solution for the increasing problem of hobby drones flying over active wildfires and endangering airplane and helicopter pilots trying to put out blazes.

The U.S. Interior Department says it's working with drone makers and mapping companies to create a system that uses smartphones to quickly alert drone users when flight restrictions are in effect over wildfires.

The agency says the next step is for drone builders to make it possible for drone operators to activate systems that would automatically prevent a drone from entering temporarily restricted airspace.

Authorities recorded 20 drone encroachments at wildfires last year, with more than half hindering firefighting efforts.

In the past week, three drone sightings in Utah have grounded aerial firefighters on a blaze that has forced the evacuation of 100 homes. Utah's governor says the evacuations might have been avoided if not for the drones.

First trial begins in deadly New York church beating * The first trial began Thursday in what New York authorities say was a 14-hour group attack during a church counseling session that killed a young man and injured his brother.

In his opening statement, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara detailed the alleged role of Sarah Ferguson, 33, in the October assault that killed her half brother, Lucas Leonard, 19, and put his 17-year-old brother in the hospital. …

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