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Greece: 12 migrants dead after boat capsizes

Friday, 15 November 2013 02:27 Published in National News

   ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Twelve migrants were found dead Friday and 15 were rescued after a boat capsized in western Greece, authorities said, while a coast guard search continued for more possible victims and survivors.

   The Merchant Marine Ministry said the incident occurred early Friday, off the coast of Lefkada, an island in the Ionian Sea and the migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy. There was no immediate indication of where the voyage originated.

   Ministry officials said the migrants were using a plastic boat that was 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) in length. The survivors were being taken to a hospital on the island for observation.

   Greece is the European Union's busiest transit point for illegal immigration.

   

MO regulators OK solar rebates agreement

Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:15 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri utility regulators have signed off an agreement involving Ameren Missouri over solar rebates.

   Ameren Missouri asked the Public Service Commission last month for permission to suspend payment of the rebates.

   The agreement approved Wednesday calls for the utility to continue the rebates up to a maximum of nearly $92 million. Ameren had paid nearly $22 million from August 2012 through October of this year.

   Other parties to the agreement included the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association and the state office that represents utility customers before the PSC.

   A 2008-voter approved law requires investor-owned utilities to derive a certain percentage of their electric generation from renewable resources. It caps rate increases derived from that measure at 1 percent.

 

Police warn of ATM scam in Lake St. Louis area

Thursday, 14 November 2013 04:08 Published in Local News

   LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Police are investigating illegal withdrawals from hundreds of bank accounts, possibly through the use of a so-called ATM skimming device.

   Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force says about 300 people have been victimized so far, and there may be more.

   Thieves outfit ATM machines with skimming devices that read bank card numbers, along with hidden video cameras that record people typing in their passwords.

   Force says police in the St. Charles County town began getting reports of illegal withdrawals last week. Investigators are trying to determine the stores, gas stations and other places where a skimming device might have been used.

 

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