Earthquake Update/ Other News April 11, 2013

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M6.1 – BATAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.1
Date-Time
  • 10 Apr 2013 20:20:27 UTC
  • 11 Apr 2013 04:20:28 near epicenter
  • 10 Apr 2013 14:20:27 standard time in your timezone
Location 20.852N 122.121E
Depth 15 km
Distances
  • 29 km (17 mi) ENE of Itbayat, Philippines
  • 191 km (118 mi) SE of Hengchun, Taiwan
  • 233 km (144 mi) SSE of Taitung City, Taiwan
  • 270 km (167 mi) SE of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 701 km (434 mi) N of Manila, Philippines
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.5 km; Vertical 6.8 km
Parameters Nph = 104; Dmin = 242.8 km; Rmss = 1.43 seconds; Gp = 31° Version = 7
Event ID us b000g4ca

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center U.S. Geological Survey http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/

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Stories for Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oil price falls toward $94 on supply increase

The price of oil fell Thursday after data showed that inventories of crude continued to rise in early April. Benchmark oil for May delivery was down 17 cents to $94.47 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract finished up …

  • Updated: 5:38 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
This framegrabbed image provided by Baynews9 shows Sharyn Hakken being processed for booking into the Hillsbourgh County Jail early Wednesday morning April 10, 2013. The Florida couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Havana were handed over to the United States, and were booked into a Florida jail, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Baynews9, Pool)

US couple in jail after fleeing to Cuba with kids

The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys from their grandparents and sailing to Cuba on a boat called “Salty” to elude authorities are facing a judge for the first time since they were forcibly returned from the island nation. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken make their first appearance in court …

  • Updated: 5:39 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
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In this Saturday, March 2, 2013 photo, actor Leonardo DiCaprio poses for a photo call during a press conference to promote his new film "DJango Unchained" in Tokyo. The Hollywood film "Django Unchained" has been pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day, despite weeks of promotion for director Quentin Tarantino's violent slave-revenge saga. Movie theaters throughout China said Thursday, April 11, 2013 that they were ordered to suspend the film. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

China pulls ‘Django Unchained’ on day of premiere

“Django Unchained” became “Django Unscreened” on Thursday as Quentin Tarantino’s violent slave-revenge saga was pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day due to an unspecified technical problem. The rare suspension order by importer China Film Group Corporation was confirmed by theater employees throughout China, and has led to speculation …

  • Updated: 5:37 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
South Koreans look out a bus window upon their arrival from the North Korean city of Kaesong at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. A few hundred South Korean managers, some wandering among quiet assembly lines, were all that remained Tuesday at the massive industrial park run by the rival Koreas after North Korea pulled its more than 50,000 workers from the complex. Others stuffed their cars full of goods before heading south across the Demilitarized Zone that divides the nations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

No panic in NKorea despite talk of missile test

As neighboring nations kept a close eye on missile movements in North Korea, people in the country’s capital began celebrating a series of April holidays, including the anniversary Thursday of their leader’s appointment as head of the ruling Worker’s Party. Bracing for what South Korea’s foreign minister warned could be …

  • Updated: 5:38 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Severe US flu season helped Roche’s Q1 sales

Strong sales of new cancer drugs and a severe U.S. flu season helped lift Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG’s revenue by 6 percent in the first quarter. The world’s biggest manufacturer of cancer drugs said Thursday that sales rose to 11.56 billion Swiss francs ($12.4 billion) during the first …

  • Updated: 4:51 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
An EMT works in the back of an ambulance as it leaves an Suwanee, Ga., subdivision after an explosion and gunshots were heard near the scene where a man was holding four firefighters hostage Wednesday, April 10, 2013. A police spokesman said the suspect was dead and none of the hostages suffered serious injuries. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Firefighters taken hostage ‘relieved’ ordeal over

It’s a call that firefighters routinely respond to — a report of a medical emergency. But when five firefighters answered one in a neighborhood north of Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said, they encountered an armed man who demanded that his cable and power be turned back on at the …

  • Updated: 4:46 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Charter school advocates rally to keep funding

Students, parents and community advocates are urging Connecticut lawmakers to provide what they call fair funding to public charter schools. Advocates say education reform approved last year called for annual increases of $500 a student in charter school spending for the next three budget years. It was supposed to bring …

  • Updated: 4:41 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
This image taken from video obtained from Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an injured Syrian woman rescued by rebels from a firefight in a street in the Jobar neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops battled rebels in the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday and pressed on with a counteroffensive against opposition fighters in the south to prevent their advance on the capital.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

Group: At least 4,300 Syrians killed in airstrikes

The Syrian regime has carried out indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians that have killed at least 4,300 people since last summer and that amount to war crimes, an international human rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch said Syrian fighter jets have deliberately targeted bakeries, breadlines and hospitals …

  • Updated: 4:33 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
In this April 9, 2013 photo, a child wears a mask near the closed poultry section at the Huhai agricultural market where the H7N9 bird flu was detected by authority in Shanghai, China. After a new and lethal strain of bird flu emerged in Shanghai two weeks ago, the government of China's bustling financial capital responded with live updates on a Twitter-like microblog. It's a starkly different approach than a decade ago, when Chinese officials silenced reporting as a deadly pneumonia later known as SARS killed dozens in the south. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China’s bird flu response shows new openness

After a new and lethal strain of bird flu emerged in Shanghai two weeks ago, the government of China’s bustling financial capital responded with live updates on a Twitter-like microblog. It’s a starkly different approach than a decade ago, when Chinese officials silenced reporting as a deadly pneumonia later known …

  • Updated: 4:24 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia walks to the drivers press conference ahead of the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, China, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Webber says his Red Bull future uncertain

Mark Webber is unsure if he will remain with Red Bull next season, saying it is too early to make a call on his future following the Malaysian team orders controversy. Teammate Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix and passed Webber in the closing …

  • Updated: 4:16 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
In this photo provided by Philips on Thursday, April 11, 2013, Rifat Hikmet, a scientist at Philips’ research laboratories in Eindhoven, Netherlands, is photographed holding a prototype of a new tube LED light developed by the company that is capable of generating 200 lumens of white light per watt. Royal Philips NV is set to unveil a new light Thursday that it claims will replace the fluorescent tube lamps that are common in many offices around the world. In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the unveiling of the new lamp Thursday, Rene van Schooten, a top executive at the company, said the lamp will save energy and money as well as cut pollution.(AP Photo/Philips, HO

Philips targets office market with new LED light

Almost anybody who works in an office has grown accustomed to the glow of fluorescent tubes providing light from overhead. Now Royal Philips NV says it has developed a working prototype of a lamp it says will confine the fluorescent bulb to the recycling bin of history. The Dutch company …

  • Updated: 4:12 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Prosecutors seek to end myth of Utah mountain man

At first, many locals took to calling Troy James Knapp the mountain man. Even victims of his many cabin break-ins marveled over his ability to slip back into the woods and evade authorities over six years. But on Wednesday, as the trim 45-year-old whom police characterize as a reclusive survivalist …

  • Updated: 4:08 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Goble’s trial set for July in federal court

The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville, Miss., has been rescheduled for July 22. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marshall Alexander tells the Delta Democrat Times (http://bit.ly/10UKuW5 ) that the defense needed more time to prepare for trial. …

  • Updated: 4:07 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013
FILE - In this  June 28, 2011 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian officials said Thursday, April 11, 2013, that Fayyad offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas as part of an increasingly bitter conflict over authority. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinian PM offered resignation, officials say

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has offered to resign because of an increasingly bitter dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas over the extent of his authority, officials said Thursday. Abbas has not responded to Fayyad, who enjoys the support of the international community, particularly the United States. It’s not clear if …

  • Updated: 4:06 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Charades are over for Rockefeller Impostor

In his world of pretense, the little man in spectacles became many fabulous people from royalty to a Rockefeller until his charades finally ended with a conviction under his true name — Christian Gerhartsreiter — a German immigrant guilty of a cold case murder. A jury found Wednesday that the …

  • Updated: 4:06 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Atlanta organizations plan naturalization drive

Several Atlanta organizations that provide assistance to immigrants are planning an event to help people apply for citizenship. The naturalization drive is set for April 20 at the Latin American Association in Atlanta. Immigration attorneys will be on hand to offer free legal consultations and assistance to lawful permanent residents …

  • Updated: 4:02 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Goble’s trial set for July in federal court

The trial of a Georgia businesswoman on federal charges of paying bribes to a former superintendent of schools in Greenville, Miss., has been rescheduled for July 22. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marshall Alexander tells the Delta Democrat Times (http://bit.ly/10UKuW5) that the defense needed more time to prepare for trial. Alexander …

  • Updated: 4:02 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

MSU researchers test methods for cancer treatment

Researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Nursing will explore ways to help cancer patients use chemotherapy drugs at home using $2.5 million in two federal grants. The university says cancer patients are now able to receive chemotherapy treatment by taking pills at home. But the instructions for the new …

  • Updated: 4:02 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Insurance company awards grants to 3 Ga. groups

Three Georgia organizations are among 14 set to split $60,000 in grand funding from the charitable arm of an international insurance company. The QBE Foundation has announced the Brain Tumor Foundation of Atlanta, the Camp Dream Foundation of Georgia, and The Extension — a Marietta organization offering support for chemical …

  • Updated: 4:02 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

Study: NC has big drop in employer health coverage

A new study points to pressure on North Carolina workers by illustrating big declines in company-provided health insurance. The study released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Minnesota health policy researchers shows North Carolina had one of the biggest double-digit drops in workers covered by employer-sponsored …

  • Updated: 4:01 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013

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