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In an instant, molten slag gushed over workers at Tampa Electric power plant

Tampa Bay explosionIt was the kind of job that workers at the Big Bend power plant do routinely, and one done countless times in the nearly 35 years that senior plant operator Michael McCort had worked at Tampa Electric.

But company executives said something went tragically wrong Thursday as McCort, 60, and at least five employees working for outside contractors tried to unplug a tank containing molten slag that can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees.


Gov. Chris Christie orders New Jersey government shutdown amid budget fight

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work to try to resolve the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie.

The Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a new budget by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for failing to reach a deal.


Rifle-wielding ex-worker shot dead after opening fire, killing at least one at Bronx Lebanon Hospital

Shooting at Bx LebanonA disgruntled medical worker toting an assault rifle opened fire and shot at least four people, killing one of them, in a Bronx hospital Friday afternoon, police said.

As panic swept through Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the shooter, Henry Bello, took his own life, sources said.

Multiple shots rang out on the 16th floor of Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Morris Heights about 2:45 p.m. Panicked patients and hospital personnel barricaded themselves in their rooms.


Texas Supreme Court: No inherent right to gay marriage benefits

Texas SC denies rights to same sex couplesFinding no established right to spousal benefits in same-sex marriages, a unanimous Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived a lawsuit challenging the city of Houston’s insurance plans for married gay employees.

According to the all-Republican Texas court, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established the right to same-sex marriage did not decide all marriage-related matters, leaving room for state courts to explore the decision’s “reach and ramifications.”

Advocates of same-sex marriage reacted with dismay and anger, arguing that the Texas court ignored clear and undeniable instructions from the nation’s highest court.

TVNL Comment:  This is insane. The GOP is so damn terrified of the LGBT community that they will go to any lengths to deny their legitimacy.



NY gov: We won't comply with voter fraud 'myth'

Andrew CuomoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said New York would not be handing over information on its voter rolls to President Trump’s commission on voter fraud, saying Trump’s concept of voter fraud is a “myth.”

The vice chairman of Trump’s commission on electoral integrity, Kris Kobach, sent letters to the secretaries of state of all 50 states directing them to turn over “publicly-available voter roll data including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, [and] voter history from 2006 onward.”



Modified U.S. travel ban goes into effect with another court challenge

Modified travel ban goes into effectA modified executive order banning people from certain countries from traveling to the United States has gone into effect as opponents filed an emergency court order.

The limited version of an order temporarily banning travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, all Muslim-majority countries, was implemented at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Senior administration officials expected that the ban would go smoothly and without the chaos and protests that greeted the original travel ban earlier this year, The Washington Post said. Advocates and immigration lawyers were at airports on the U.S. East and West coasts nonetheless to observe the execution of the order and to offer help. There were minimal reports of problems at U.S. airports.


Police hear of new sexual conquest game at elite prep school

St. Paul's SchoolAn elite prep school is again under fire for allegations involving a game of sexual conquest similar to one a few years back where a student was charged with sexually assaulting a freshman over a sordid tradition called the "Senior Salute."

The allegations, first reported in the Concord Monitor, involve eight boys in a St. Paul's School dorm in Concord who apparently competed to have their names put on a crown. St. Paul's, one of the country's most selective boarding schools, learned about the game just before the June 4 commencement and launched an internal investigation into the matter. One boy, according to the newspaper, withdrew after the allegations came to the attention of a senior administrator.


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