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Kent State in Ohio given all-clear after shooting report

(Reuters) - A lockdown at Kent State University in northeastern Ohio was lifted late on Wednesday after authorities completed their search for a man who fired a single gunshot into the ground on campus before fleeing, the school said. No one was injured in the incident shortly after 8 p.m. local time near Bowman Hall, an academic building, Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said.

Report: Bakken, Three Forks oil production to average 1.1 million barrels a day in 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. - Oil production in North Dakota and Montana's Bakken and Three Forks formations will average 1.1 million barrels per day this year, according to estimates announced Wednesday by a research firm. Wood Mackenzie anticipates that oil production in the North Dakota and Montana sections of the Bakken and Three Forks formations will grow to 1.7 million barrels per day in 2020. "We're very confident on the future of the Bakken," said Jonathan Garrett, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie. He added that the expected lifetime of a Bakken well is 25 years to 30 years.

Richard Black, Ohio artist who created Mr. Clean image and worked on Smokey Bear, dies at 92

KETTERING, Ohio - The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92. Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering says services are planned Saturday for Harry Richard Black. The Dayton Daily News reports Black died Sunday at his home after a brief illness. Consumer products maker Procter Black also was among artists behind depictions of Smokey Bear for U.S. Forest Service fire-prevention messages.

US landslide towns divided by mud, united by grief

"We're still in shock, really," says Ben Sullivan. As the likely death toll from the monster landslide in the picture postcard valley town of Oso climbs into the dozens, that's a common feeling round here, more than a week after the catastrophe. "We all know someone who died, or is still missing," added Sullivan, who ran a bake sale Sunday with his sister Bea next in nearby Arlington, to raise funds for families of the victims. Heart-wrenching stories of victims and survivors of the massive mudslide have emerged.

Fourth person dies from crash at South by Southwest in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An 18-year-old man has become the fourth person to die as a result of a motorist who plowed a car into crowds of people outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago, police said on Thursday. DeAndre Tatum "passed away as a result of his injuries," Austin police said on their Twitter feed. Tatum, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, had been in critical condition at an Austin hospital since the March 13 incident.

Leaders in Utah city back mother in fight against store's risque T-shirts on display at mall

OREM, Utah - A conservative Utah city that decided it likely would lose a legal battle over a national clothing store's "offensive" mall display of T-shirts has instead sent the company a scathing letter. The letter from city officials in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, was a show of support for a mother who was so upset about the shirts at a local PacSun store that she bought them all to remove them from a window display. The T-shirts featured pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses.

Reno-Tahoe tourism survey suggests growth opportunities with families

RENO, Nev. - Visitors to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area stayed longer, spent more money and brought their children along more often last year than they did two years earlier, according to a new tourism survey that suggests targeting families in future marketing efforts. The tourists with kids spent more than groups with only adults and stayed nearly twice as long in 2013 — averaging 6.2 days compared to 3.2 days, officials for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority said Thursday.

Long-awaited home demolitions will turn blighted Detroit neighbourhoods into blank canvas

DETROIT - The families of Detroit's Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighbourhood. After that, their community's future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

Powerful gusts lash East Coast as spring blizzard moves in

HALIFAX - Across a large swath of Atlantic Canada, people who ventured outside Wednesday felt the cold sting of a massive spring blizzard that brought much of the region to a standstill. Most schools and government offices were closed in the Maritimes, flights were cancelled and traffic along some of the busiest streets and highways was virtually non-existent amid knee-high drifts. As the winds picked up throughout the day, more and more power outages were reported.

Web-TV series promoting Winnipeg getting a few thousand views per episode

WINNIPEG - It didn't go viral, but the creator of a publicly funded Internet sitcom aimed at promoting Winnipeg is happy with the results of the show's first season. WindCity, which received money from provincial Crown corporations, a college and other public bodies, garnered more than 12,000 views for its first episode after launching in January. But the view count for its sixth and final episode of the season was just above 3,000.
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