US releases estimate of Utica reserves
Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.
Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural-gas liquids such as ethane and propane.
Terror suspects extradited to US
Radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other terror suspects who fought for years to avoid facing charges in the United States lost their grounds for appeal and were flown to the U.S. from Britain late Friday, officials said.
The U.S. Embassy said it was pleased with the ruling earlier Friday by Britain’s High Court, and Scotland Yard said the five departed from an air-force base in eastern England just before midnight on two jets bound for the U.S.
Judges John Thomas and Duncan Ouseley rejected last-ditch applications by al-Masri, Khaled al-Fawwaz, Babar Ahmad, Adel Abdul Bary and Syed Talha Ahsan, who had been battling extradition for between eight and 14 years.
Dozens hurt in 12 crashes on I-75
Authorities say dozens of travelers have been injured — but no one killed — in a chain reaction of collisions on Interstate 75 along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported Friday evening that 52 people were hurt in 12 separate crashes involving 47 vehicles on southbound Interstate 75. Twenty-two people were taken to area hospitals, including two people who were critically injured, though their injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.
The collisions occurred Friday afternoon near the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
A stretch of southbound I-75 was closed for six hours Friday as the scene was cleared, but the highway patrol reported just after 9 p.m. that the section now is open.
Authorities attributed the collisions to heavy rain and driver error, including motorists traveling too fast given the weather.
Russia: Preserved mammoth found
A teenage mammoth that once roamed the Siberian tundra in search of fodder and females might have been killed by an Ice Age man on a summer day tens of thousands of years ago, a Russian scientist said Friday.
Prof. Alexei Tikhonov of the Zoology Institute in St. Petersburg announced the finding of the mammoth, which was excavated from the Siberian permafrost in late September near the Sopochnaya Karga cape, 2,200 miles northeast of Moscow.
The 16-year-old mammoth has been named Jenya, after the 11-year-old Russian boy who found the animal’s limbs sticking out of the frozen mud. The mammoth was 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 1,100 pounds.
Judge: DC Metro must allow ads
The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A spokesman for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge’s decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend.