February 24, 2014 in Nation/World

In brief: Oil spill closes Mississippi

From Wire Reports

NEW ORLEANS – A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.

Officials don’t know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river following the collision, which happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough.

No one was hurt and all barges were secured, Colclough said.

Carbon monoxide leak blamed for death, illnesses at restaurant

A carbon monoxide leak that killed a Long Island, N.Y., restaurant manager and sickened more than two dozen other people was caused by a leaky pipe, officials said Sunday.

All of those hospitalized in the Saturday incident were either restaurant workers or emergency responders, said A.J. Carter, a spokesman for the town of Huntington.

Huntington fire investigators found that the carbon monoxide leak came from a leaky flue pipe for a water heater in the basement of the restaurant, Carter said.

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