Mortar round kills two at metal recycling plant

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

GRANITE CITY, Ill. – A mortar round exploded Monday at a suburban St. Louis metal recycling plant that does business with the military, killing two people.

The explosion at Totall Metal Recycling in Granite City occurred about 6:25 a.m., police said. Totall Metal Recycling, which employs about 160 people, according to its website, does business with the military and it’s not unusual for it to have items such as “military engines and ammunition casings,” police Chief Rich Miller said.

Bomb technicians were sweeping the site for other possible explosives Monday afternoon.

The victims, whom responders could not initially get to because of the fear of further explosions, were not immediately identified. A third person was injured and taken to a St. Louis hospital, police said, but a condition was not available.

“This corporation recycles everything you can think of, from plastics to cardboard to metals, and some of their contracts involve getting materials from the military,” Miller said at a briefing Monday afternoon.

He said authorities do not suspect any malicious intent and were investigating the explosion as an “industrial accident.”

Survivors file 100 claims over deaths in GM cars

Survivors have filed about 100 claims for loved ones killed in one of 2.6 million recalled General Motors cars, according to a spokeswoman for Ken Feinberg, administrator of the automaker’s compensation fund.

As of Friday, claims also were filed by 184 people who were injured in one of the cars, which GM recalled beginning last February to replace defective ignition switches, Feinberg spokeswoman Amy Weiss said in an email.

Each claimant must present evidence to establish that the defective ignition switch was the primary cause of the fatality or injury.

Feinberg will determine which claims will be compensated.

GM has publicly acknowledged 13 deaths connected to the defect, which can cause ignition switches in up to 2.6 million small cars to turn off when jostled.

TiVo introduces recorder just for ‘over the air’ TV

NEW YORK – Here’s a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

The TiVo Roamio OTA will cost $50, compared with $200 for the regular model. The OTA version records free, “over the air” TV signals and lacks slots for cable service cards. For both models, you need a $15-a-month subscription to TiVo service, which provides programming data and other necessities.

A 2013 study from GfK estimated that 19 percent of U.S. TV households had broadcast-only reception, up from 14 percent in 2010. Those figures include people who have dropped cable and those who never had it, something common for younger adults.


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