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Slow-moving landslide in Wyoming resort town destroys home

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A slow-moving landslide claimed a house in Jackson, Wyoming as crews scrambled to prevent a water main from rupturing and flooding the affluent resort town with two million gallons of water, a city manager said Saturday. The landslide, which has prompted the evacuations of homes, apartment buildings and businesses, has picked up speed, doubling its acceleration since early April and speeding significantly in recent days, the town of Jackson said at the weekend.

Historic hotel in Covington will reopen after $9 million renovation

COVINGTON, La. - The historic appeal of this St. Tammany Parish city should get a boost later this spring with the reopening of the Southern Hotel, a century-old building that's been empty for years but recalls Covington's days as a vacation destination. The New Orleans Advocate reported ( the hotel is set to reopen June 1 after a $9 million renovation.

Thousands mourn victims of anti-Semitic gunman in Kansas City

By Carey Gillam and and Kevin Murphy OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - Thousands gathered at a Methodist church in Kansas on Friday to mourn a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last weekend in what authorities say was an anti-Semitic hate crime.

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday. The mass movement has displaced residents of several homes and two apartment buildings that sit near the base of the East Gros Ventre Butte which geologists said was slumping at a rate that this week increased to a foot a day from four inches.

Railroad donates $100K for children's museum project in Baton Rouge

BASTON ROUGE, La. - The Knock Knock Children's Museum has received a $100,000 donation from CN Railroad to help fund learning zones at the museum planned at Baton Rouge City Park. A fundraising campaign has been underway to pay for up to 20 activity spaces that will serve as interactive exhibits focused on southeast Louisiana. In March, Dow Louisiana Operations gave $200,000 for a "Fish Tales" learning zone. The board of the non-profit museum has raised more than $6 million for the planned 30,000-square-foot facility.

Police link 12 vehicle shootings in Kansas City area

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Police believe a dozen shooting incidents, in which three people have been injured over the past month mostly on highways and roads in Kansas City and surrounding areas, are connected, authorities said on Friday. Police have made no arrests in the investigation into 20 shootings since March 8 in Kansas City and nearby areas, but for the first time on Friday said they had found positive connections to confirm their suspicions in 12 cases.

Ohio geologists link small earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing, change permit conditions

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest. A state investigation of five small tremors in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, last month has found the high-pressure injection of sand and water that accompanies hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Utica Shale may have increased pressure on a small, unknown fault, said State Oil

Wis.-based Oshkosh Corp. to lay off 760 from defence division, cites tighter government budget

MILWAUKEE - Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defence division this summer, or 29 per cent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles. About 700 hourly positions will be cut beginning in June, and 60 salaried positions will be eliminated starting in July, the Wisconsin-based company said. Oshkosh Defence will be left with about 1,850 employees. The overall company has about 12,000 employees worldwide.

Under-the-radar Rose aims to bloom at Augusta

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has been a forgotten man since his major title breakthrough last year at Merion, which suits the Englishman just fine heading into Thursday's opening round of the Masters. Rose has been out of the spotlight as he recovers from a bout of tendinitis in his right shoulder, enduring sub-par results after aggravating his condition last August. But the world number eight said on Tuesday he is confident about the season's first major.

Detroit's bankruptcy could bring upgrades to Coleman A. Young International Airport

DETROIT - An aging airport in Detroit could again get passenger service if $28.5 million in funding is approved as part of the city's bankruptcy plan, officials said. The money for Coleman A. Young International Airport on the city's east side would pay to upgrade hangars and the airport's passenger terminal, the Detroit Free Press reported ( ). It also would fund a new loading bridge for passengers.
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