| Feb 24, 2015
| 12:43 PM
An accident shut down a portion of Illinois Route 83 in Palos Heights after a FedEx truck struck an oil tanker causing a small spill Tuesday morning, Palos Heights Fire Protection District officials said.
The FedEx truck hit the tanker while pulling...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 2:06 PM
Fire and tornado drills have long been in place in schools throughout the country, but officials are now considering other possible threats — such as an active shooter entering the building.
Barrington District 220 leaders are working with the...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:02 PM
Virginia's environmental regulators want to fine CSX Transportation $361,000 for the April 2014 derailment in Lynchburg that spilled more than 29,000 gallons of oil into the James River.
The fine is part of a proposed agreement between the railroad and...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 10:24 AM
Striking BP Whiting Refinery employees cite safety as a key issue in the negotiations between the United Steelworkers and oil companies, and they say they don't have to look further back than Wednesday or beyond their own plant as proof that their...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 2:08 PM
From the Chicago Skyway, the flares at BP's Whiting oil refinery look like burning cigarettes balanced upright.
They continued to fire this week even as 1,065 workers entered the second week of a national strike affecting 11 production facilities,...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 7:41 PM
Nearly two dozen Marines were treated for exposure to a fire retardant gas Thursday after an extinguishing system accidentally went off in an assault vehicle during a training exercise, but there were no serious injuries, officials said.
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:16 AM
The season's first major snow storm to blast large parts of the South struck early Tuesday at the nation's capital, poised to head up the winter-weary East Coast.
After weeks of snow in the Northeast, the mid-February storm raked several Southern...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 3:00 PM
State lawmakers concerned about increasingly common rail shipments of crude oil through Maryland are calling for the state to conduct a full assessment of the risks and for railroads to be more transparent about their operations.
Both CSX Transportation...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 8:34 PM
A large explosion Wednesday at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance sent flames into the air, injuring four and leaving residents with a stark reminder of the dangers that come with living in the South Bay's refinery zone.
The blast occurred about 8:...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 4:08 PM
Four workers suffered minor injuries after a large explosion Wednesday morning at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, according to an Exxon spokesman.
The explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 1.7 earthquake, according to Caltech.
| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:34 PM
Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren across the Chicago area will stay home from school Monday after Sunday's snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow.
Chicago Public Schools on Sunday evening announced its third weather-related closing this year....