Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. – A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey Shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.
The blaze erupted at the wooden Mariner’s Cover Motor Inn in this popular summer resort town at around 5:30 a.m., and flames were shooting out the building by the time firefighters arrived. At least one person leaped from a second-floor window to escape.
Three people were injured critically. Other injuries included broken bones.
Task Force One, New Jersey’s elite urban search and rescue team that has responded to disaster scenes around the world, joined the investigation, which was expected to take days.
Nuclear waste dump expansion on hold
Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico regulators have withdrawn a preliminary permit for an expansion of the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.
Citing recent back-to-back incidents that included a radiation release that contaminated 17 workers, the New Mexico Environment Department on Friday notified the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that it has withdrawn a pending draft permit.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is the nation’s only permanent underground repository for low-level radioactive waste, including things like plutonium-contaminated gloves, tools and protective clothing, from nuclear weapons facilities.
Agent won’t be charged in deadly shooting
Orlando, Fla. – No charges will be filed against the FBI agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in Orlando last year while he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, sources said Friday.
A law-enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the Orlando Sentinel that reviews of the incident found the Boston-based FBI agent who questioned Ibragim Todashev at a condo near Universal Studios was justified when he fired the shots.
The official said the FBI’s review of the shooting cleared the agent of wrongdoing, and a review by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division is also likely to draw the same conclusion.