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First responders speak out after I-78 crash

Responding to a situation like the I-78 crash is nothing anyone can be ready for. That s why first responders at Lebanon Emergency Management Agency have plans in place so they can deal with any type of crisis the best they can. You just have to remember you need to get help there and remain calm, and just remember your basic steps, Jeremy Leffler, shift supervisor at LEMA, said.

But no one could have prepared him for the calls that came in Saturday. We just kept dealing with incoming phone calls and incoming phone calls. We knew it was the real deal, Leffler said.

People trapped inside cars, slamming into each other. Victims crying. Chaos.

Sometimes people exaggerate. They re emotional, they re quite upset, so they exaggerate the numbers a little bit. But then when a bunch of callers say the same thing.

you start to believe it, Leffler said. LEMA was bombarded by calls. EMS was constantly requesting help in the field.

73 people were transported to hospitals. Surrounding counties pumping 30 agencies to help out. Everyday is the unknown for these people, Eric Fahler, LEMA communications supervisor, said.

Dispatchers are trained to deal with almost every kind of scenario. But every scenario is different. And yesterday it was just a lot of skill, a lot of experience that fit into a very very good outcome.

Understanding distance is a must. They are calculating response times and coordinating from behind the screen. But the biggest obstacle on any day is the unknown.

You re never going to be prepared until you fully get there and see what you have and without those first responders out there yesterday, we couldn t have done it without them either, Fahler said. If you call 911, dispatchers ask you stay on the phone, even if it s still ringing. Otherwise they have to call you back until they get an answer because they treat every call like an emergency.

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Penny cheapest in 7 years as zinc rout benefits U.S.

taxpayers …

A penny just got a little cheaper. Making it, that is. While the billions of new U.S.

pennies put into circulation every year still cost more to make than they are worth, the government is catching a break from the collapse in metals prices. Each one-cent coin — made almost entirely of zinc — cost 1.43 cent to produce last year, down 14 percent from a year earlier and the lowest since 2008, according to data from the U.S. Mint.

As recently as 2011, the price tag was 2.41 cents. Since then,… Read the story on The Columbus Dispatch 1 .

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Korea praises rocket; others view as covert missile test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) For North Korea s propaganda machine, the long-range rocket launch Sunday carved a glorious trail of fascinating vapor through the clear blue sky. For South Korea s president, and other world leaders, it was a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and yet another intolerable provocation. The rocket was launched from North Korea s west coast only two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning, its path tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea.

No damage from debris was reported. North Korea, which calls its launches part of a peaceful space program, said it had successfully put a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, into orbit less than 10 minutes after liftoff. It vowed more such launches.

A U.S. official said it might take days to assess whether the launch was a success. The launch follows North Korea s widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

Washington and its allies will consider the rocket launch a further provocation and push for more tough sanctions. The United States and Japan quickly requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying Pyongyang violated a council ban on ballistic missile launches.

A Security Council meeting was scheduled for Sunday morning in New York. North Korean rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the North s ultimate goal of a nuclear armed missile that could hit the U.S. mainland.

North Korea under leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to bolster its nuclear arsenal unless Washington scraps what Pyongyang calls a hostile policy meant to collapse Kim s government. Diplomats are also pushing to tighten U.N. sanctions because of the North s Jan.

6 nuclear test. In a development that will worry both Pyongyang and Beijing, a senior South Korean Defense Ministry official, Yoo Jeh Seung, told reporters that Seoul and Washington have agreed to begin talks on a possible deployment of the THADD missile defense system in South Korea. North Korea has long decried the 28,500 U.S.

troops stationed in South Korea, and Beijing would see a South Korean deployment of THAAD, which is one of the world s most advanced missile defense systems, as a threat to its interests in the region. In a statement, North Korea s National Aerospace Development Administration, in typical propaganda-laden language, praised the fascinating vapor of Juche satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February on the threshold of the Day of the Shining Star. Juche is a North Korean philosophy focusing on self-reliance; the Day of the Shining Star refers to the Feb.

16 birthday of former dictator Kim Jong Il. North Korea has previously staged rocket launches to mark important anniversaries. South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said a South Korean Aegis-equipped destroyer detected the North Korean launch at 9:31 a.m.

The rocket s first stage fell off North Korea s west coast at 9:32 a.m., and the rocket disappeared from South Korean radars at 9:36 a.m. off the southwestern coast. There was no reported damage in South Korea.

The U.S. Strategic Command issued a statement saying that it detected and tracked a missile launched on a southern trajectory, but that it did not pose a threat to the United States or its allies. Japanese broadcaster NHK showed video of an object visible in the skies from the southern Japanese island of Okinawa that was believed to be the rocket.

South Korea s Yonhap news agency later backed away, without elaborating, from a report that said the rocket might have failed. The global condemnation began almost immediately. South Korean President Park Geun-hye called the launch an intolerable provocation.

She said the North s efforts to advance its missile capabilities were all about maintaining the regime in Pyongyang and criticized the North Korean leadership for ignoring the hardships of ordinary North Koreans. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people. U.S.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice called the North s missile and nuclear weapons programs a serious threats to our interests including the security of some of our closest allies. The Foreign Ministry in China, the North s only major ally and its protector in the U.N. Security Council, where Beijing wields veto power, expressed regret that, disregarding the opposition from the international community, the (North) side obstinately insisted in carrying out a launch by using ballistic missile technologies.

South Korean opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min, who attended a closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service following Sunday s launch, said the NIS believes that the rocket s payload satellite was about twice as heavy as the 100-kilogram (220-pound) satellite it launched in 2012. The NIS estimates that if the rocket would have been used as a missile, it would have had a potential range of about 5,500 kilometers (3,417 miles), Shin said. Kim Jong Un has overseen two of the North s four nuclear tests and three long-range rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

The U.N. Security Council prohibits North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity. Experts say that ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology.

If North Korea has only nuclear weapons, that s not that intimidating. If they have only rockets, that s not that intimidating, either. But if they have both of them, that means they can attack any target on Earth.

So it becomes a global issue, said Kwon Sejin, a professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. In 2013, North Korea conducted a nuclear test and then unnerved the international community by orchestrating an escalating campaign of bombast, including threats to fire nuclear missiles at the U.S. and Seoul.

North Korea has spent decades trying to develop operational nuclear weapons. It has said that plutonium and highly enriched uranium facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex are in operation. The North is thought to have a small arsenal of crude atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles.

But it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce nuclear bombs small enough to place on a missile, or missiles that can reliably deliver its bombs to faraway targets. After several failures testing a multistage, long-range rocket, it put its first satellite into space with a long-range rocket launched in December 2012. The North s recent activity comes amid a long-standing diplomatic stalemate.

Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea s nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009. ___ Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul; Yuri Kageyama and Eric Talmadge in Tokyo; Lolita Baldor in Washington; Louise Watt in Beijing; and Edith Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report. Like this: Like Loading… WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover.

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Saint-Gobain to export refractories from India, sets up new R&D …

French construction and high performance materials maker Saint-Gobain SA s new refractories plant in Tamil Nadu, inaugurated by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday, will cater to global markets, said a top group official. Saint-Gobain group chairman and CEO Pierre-Andre de Chalendar also said the group s seventh global research centre will innovate and develop products for Indian and other markets.

The new refractories plant in Perundurai will cater to global markets. The other new investments announced by the group recently (expansion of float glass capacity at Rs.1,000 crore) will be for the Indian market, he told reporters after Jayalalithaa inaugurated the group s Rs.300 crore refractory plant for the glass industry in Erode district and Saint-Gobain Research India s (SGRI) new research centre. According to de Chalendar, the group spends around 400 million euros annually on research and development (R&D).

Queried about the returns from R&D, he said: The returns are measured in terms of new products launched replacing old ones. The new products launched during the last five years contribute around 25 percent of the total sales. They have better margins.

Meanwhile the three year old SGRI the seventh global research centre for Saint-Gobain has already started contributing to the global product needs of its parent, said SGRi managing director Anand Tanikella. The Indian research centre has already launched 22 products out of which around four has been launched overseas including France. Patents for 15 products have been applied for, he said.

Tanikella said the Rs.200 crore research centre spread over 120,000 square feet IIT-Madras Research Park now has around 100 scientists and engineers and the headcount will go up to over 250 over a period of time. The research centre will work on developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the group s existing business lines abrasives, architecture and automotive glass, gypsum plasterboard and plasters, high performance ceramics and plastics and others. According to de Chalendar, the group has not shifted any of the research projects out of its other six global research centres to India.

He said India is an important market for Saint-Gobain group and in 2015, the group logged a sales of Rs.5,100 crore in the country.

The group s major businesses in India are housed in two entities Grindwell Norton Ltd, a listed company and Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd.

Read Me Deadly: Review of David McCallum's Once a Crooked Man

I’m dating myself horribly when I tell you that one of my earliest crushes was David McCallum’s character Illya Kuryakin on The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1964-1968). Cultured, brilliant, mysterious and oh, so handsome; how could I resist? For the last 12 years, McCallum has played medical examiner Dr.

Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS . I hear that’s the most-watched TV drama, worldwide, but here’s a confession: I’ve never seen the show. I know, right?

It seems like it’s mandatory for all Baby Boomers, at the very least. I’m a little worried that this will disqualify me from Medicare coverage. We’ll see.

Anyway, to me, McCallum will forever be that devastating young man of my youth. But now I have another way to view McCallum: crime fiction author. This week saw the publication of his first novel, a crime thriller titled Once a Crooked Man (Minotaur Books, January 12, 2016).

Things go elaborately and spectacularly wrong when the Bruschetti brothers Max, Sal and Enzo decide to retire from the crime business, and New York actor Harry Murphy accidentally overhears their plans for murderously cleaning up some loose ends. Harry decides to warn one of the brothers targets, and the more the brothers try to clean things up, the messier they get. Not just for the brothers, but for Harry, for the beautiful and feisty British police agent whom Harry teams up with, and for various compatriots of the Bruschetti brothers, their other family members and law enforcement.

The action careens around like a pinball arcade game, bouncing from one catastrophe to another, and back and forth between England and New York. The violence is frequent but not too graphic, the cast of characters is huge and colorful, and it s easy to see this being turned into a caper/thriller movie. I d have liked to see a bit more character development for Harry and the other main characters, and there is a sexual plot point late in the book that struck a big-time false note for me, but on the whole I found this to be an entertaining read and a winning first writing effort by McCallum.

You might think that the category of crime fiction written by actors on very high-rated TV shows would be small, but I do know that McCallum isn’t alone in it. Check out Hugh Laurie’s The Gun Seller . Sure, he played the wildly popular Dr.

House, but he’s a heck of writer too. Note : Thanks to Minotaur for providing a free advance reviewing copy of Once a Crooked Man . Versions of this review may appear on Amazon, Goodreads, BookLikes and other reviewing sites, under my usernames there.

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Wall Street stocks hit two-month lows as China worries send oil …

US stocks tumbled to two-month lows as fears about China’s economy slowing down led to more widespread selling. The price of oil plunged to its lowest level since 2008 on the prospect that global demand could fall further. For the second time in three days, markets slumped on concerns that the second-largest economy in the world is stumbling.

A monthly survey of China’s service industries slipped to a 17-month low. That helped knock the price of oil lower since China is a major consumer of energy. Global markets were also rattled after North Korea said it had conducted its first successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

Experts in South Korea and the US doubted that the country had made the breakthrough, but the announcement still caused alarm. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 252.15 points, or 1.5%, to 16,906.51. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 26.45 points, or 1.3%, to 1,990.26, for its fourth loss in five days.

The Nasdaq composite gave up 55.67 points, or 1.1%, to 4,835.76. US benchmark crude sank 2 dollars, or 5.6%, to close at 33.97 dollars a barrel in New York, its lowest price since December 2008. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, fell 2.19 dollars, or 6%, to close at 34.23 dollars a barrel in London.

Southwestern Energy fell 96 cents, or 12.6%, to 6.69 dollars and Marathon Oil declined 1.48 dollars, or 11.6%, to 11.28 dollars. France’s CAC 40 shed 1.3% and Germany’s DAX dropped 0.9%. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 1%.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 1% and South Korea’s Kospi fell 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1%. The Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China rebounded 2.3% as the Chinese government said it will keep some market-stabilising measures in place.

Stocks also plunged on Monday on signs of weakness in China’s manufacturing sector. The Shanghai Composite skidded almost 7% that day and also fell on Tuesday. Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, said the market was overreacting to the latest signs of weakness in China. “Stocks are not trading on fundamentals,” he said. “They’re trading on fear that Chinese growth is going to collapse and that these lower oil prices are going to lead to a growing number of defaults in the high-yield bond market.” US government bond prices rose as the turbulent stock market made bonds more appealing.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.17% from 2.24%. The markets have endured a rough few days to start 2016. JJ Kinahan, chief markets strategist for TD Ameritrade, said that it is making bonds attractive. “Bonds have been up a lot this year even though the interest rates are nothing to be excited about,” he said. “They want the security of knowing that their money is safe.” Other energy prices also slipped.

The price of wholesale petrol sank 9.5 cents, or 7.6%, to 1.162 dollars a gallon after the US government said inventories of gas climbed by 10.6 million barrels last week. Citi Investment Research analyst Edward Morse said that was the biggest weekly increase since 1993. Car retailer AutoNation said it had to offer large discounts in December, especially on luxury vehicles.

The company said it will report smaller profits per vehicle in the fourth quarter. The stock dropped 5.98 dollars, or 10.5%, to 50.76 dollars. Netflix made the biggest gain in the S&P 500.

The streaming video service announced at an electronics show in Las Vegas that it would debut in 130 countries, with the notable exception of China. Its shares rose 10.02 dollars, or 9.3%, to 117.68 dollars. Chipotle Mexican Grill said it received a federal grand jury subpoena as the government looks into a norovirus outbreak at a California restaurant this summer.

Chipotle also disclosed that sales at restaurants open at least one year plunged 30% in December in the wake of an E. coli outbreak that affected dozens of restaurants and a norovirus outbreak in one location in Massachusetts. The stock lost 22.36 dollars, or 5%, to 426.67 dollars.

Chipotle has fallen 40% since the outbreaks began in October.

Read Me Deadly: Review of Christopher Fowler's Bryant & May and …

Bryant & May and the Burning Man , by Christopher Fowler (Bantam, December 15, 2015) The Peculiar Crimes Unit s decrepit offices are located in the City of London, that ancient square mile that was home to London s original settlement and is now jammed full of the skyscrapers housing the metropolis s financial institutions. Hardly anybody lives in the square mile anymore, which makes the P in PCU seem like it should stand for Precarious at times. The PCU has very little in the way of modern technology; nothing like the kind of assets that would allow it to combat the financial crimes that are headquartered in the square mile.

But as this twelfth book in the series begins, a case arises that is right up the PCU s alley. Financial shenanigans in the banking world have led to increasingly large and violent protests in the City. One bank is firebombed, killing a homeless man dossed down under cardboard boxes in its entryway.

The PCU suspects this was murder, not accident, and their conviction is cemented when there are more murders; seemingly unconnected killings, executed in bizarre ways reminiscent of punishments common in more ancient times. As each day passes, demonstrations against the bankers and other presumed-to-be-corrupt wealthy people escalate. Arthur Bryant suspects that the mystery killer will take advantage of the upcoming Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day to pull off even more spectacular murders.

As always, the PCU gets no support or even respect from other police units. This time, their particular nemesis is Darren Missing Link, who hamstrings them, ostensibly to prevent their interference with an ongoing fraud investigation. Like everybody else, all Link sees in the PCU is a ragtag bunch of misfits, led by the spectacularly untidy and decidedly eccentric old man, Bryant.

Like the rest of the force, he just doesn t understand that Bryant s encyclopedic knowledge of the history of London is what will make all the difference in the investigation. Each member of the PCU faces a crossroads in this book, which gives it a bittersweet, even elegiac feel. After 12 books, the PCU members are like old friends.

I hope to see them again, but if not, I wish them well and thank Christopher Fowler for letting us know them.

Football Cartophilic Info Exchange: Winning Moves / Top Trumps …

2015 Spurs Stars Winning Moves / Top Trumps 30 cards I believe this collection is only available via the Spurs Club Shop.

1. Hugo Lloris 1. Pat Jennings 2.

Kyle Walker 3. Danny Rose 4. Bill Nicholson 4.

Steffen Freund 5. Jan Vertinghen 5. Ricky Villa 6.

Dave Mackay 6. Gary Mabbutt 6. Nabil Bentaleb 7.

Cliff Jones 7. Clive Allen 7. Darren Anderton 7.

Glenn Hoddle 7. Ossie Ardiles 8. Ryan Mason 9.

Martin Chivers 10. Harry Kane 10. Robbie Keane 10.

Teddy Sheringham 11. Chris Waddles 11. Eric Lamela 13.

Michel Vorm 14. David Ginola 15. Eric Dier 17.

Andros Townsend 18. Jermain Defoe 23. Christian Eriksson 26.

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