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20,600 barrels of oil spill in field

on October 11, 2013 10:00 AM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 20,000 barrels of crude oil have spewed out of a Tesoro Corp. oil pipeline in a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota, the state Health Department said Thursday.

State environmental geologist Kris Roberts said the 20,600-barrel spill, among the largest recorded in the state, was discovered on Sept. 29 by a farmer harvesting wheat about nine miles north of Tioga.

Steve Jensen, the farmer, said he’d smelled crude several days before the tires on his combines were coated with it. At the apparent break in the underground pipeline, the oil was “spewing and bubbling six inches high,” Jensen said.

The release of oil has been stopped, Roberts said. Spread out over 7.3 acres, or about the size of seven football fields, the spill has been contained.

Ex-Detroit mayor gets 28 years

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit mayor was sent to federal prison for nearly three decades Thursday, after offering little remorse for the widespread corruption under his watch but acknowledging he let down the troubled city during a critical period before it landed in bankruptcy.

Prosecutors argued that Kwame Kilpatrick’s “corrupt administration exacerbated the crisis” that Detroit now finds itself in.

A judge agreed with the government’s recommendation that 28 years in prison was appropriate for rigging contracts, taking bribes and putting his own price on public business.

It is one of the toughest penalties doled out for public corruption in recent U.S. history and seals a dramatic fall for Kilpatrick, who was elected mayor in 2001 at age 31 and is the son of a former senior member of Congress.

Foul play ruled out in patient death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A spokesman for the family of a San Francisco woman whose body was found in the stairwell of a hospital where she was a patient says investigators have ruled out foul play in her disappearance and death.

The spokesman, David Perry, told reporters Thursday that while the coroner hasn’t established a cause or time of death for Lynne Spalding, 57, investigators don’t think she was the victim of an attack.

Spalding’s body was found Tuesday in a fire exit stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital. She was admitted to the city-owned hospital with an infection on Sept. 19 and reported missing from her room two days later.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Thursday that he’s hiring an independent consultant to investigate the hospital’s security and search protocols.

Judge: Man still legally dead

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio told a man standing before him in court that he’s still legally dead.

Donald Miller Jr. was declared legally dead in 1994, eight years after he disappeared from his home in the northwest Ohio town of Arcadia.

Miller went to court this week to have the ruling changed. But his former wife opposed the move.

She says she doesn’t have the money to repay the Social Security benefits that were paid out to her and their two children after Miller was declared dead.

The Courier newspaper in Findlay reported she claims he vanished in the 1980s because he owed big child support payments.

A Hancock County judge who denied Miller’s request for a reversal of the death ruling calls it a “strange, strange situation.”

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