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Orlando gas station charging $5.69 a gallon, nation's highest

By: Andrew Krammer

With gas prices rising across the country, one Florida filling station has set the mark at $5.69 a gallon Friday for the most expensive gas in America, CNN reported.

Located near the Orlando International Airport, Suncoast Energys was charging customers $1.91 over the city's average. The average price of gas in Orlando is $3.78 a gallon, which is a few pennies short the state and national averages.

Tourists returning rental cars on their way to the airport fuel at this station, then realizing how expensive it is until it's too late, Yahoo reported.

By: Andrew Krammer

The Federal Aviation Administration suspended its seventh air traffic controller this year for sleeping on the job, CNN reported.

The incident happened at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center during the midnight shift Saturday morning.

The FAA announced Sunday that there will be new rules governing worker's schedules, MSNBC reported. The new changes include a mandatory nine hours off between shifts and more managers on duty during early morning and night shifts.

Hawaiian warehouse explosion kills four, injures one

By: Andrew Krammer

An explosion at a Hawaiian warehouse killed four people and left one critically injured Friday, KITV reported.

The storage unit held fireworks that were seized as evidence and a licensed explosives company was contracted to destroy them, CNN reported.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. Friday at a Waikele facility and it killed three men in their 20s and a man in his 50s.

By: Andrew Krammer

One Marine was killed and three others injured Tuesday evening after a U.S. Marine helicopter was forced to land in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii, CNN reported.

The crash happened about 2 miles offshore from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, near Kaneohe, around 7:30 p.m., KITV reported. The reason for the CH-53D Sea Stallion's emergency landing is still unknown.

The three injured crewmembers were flown to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. Two of them were in critical condition, while the third Marine was in stable condition, according to the Marine Corps.

NBC executive's death ruled a murder, friend charged

By: Andrew Krammer

The death of an NBC Universal executive is now being ruled a homicide by the coroner's office, KTLA reported.

Brian Russell Kaplon, 32, was shot in the chest on March 18 with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, the Huffington Post reported. The death was first thought to be an accident after a St. Patrick's Day party.

The shooting happened at the home of Kaplon's friend, David Andrew Armstrong, in the 20000 block of Vercelli Way, around 1 a.m., police said.

Armstrong has since been charged with the murder and was set free on $2 million bail, police said.

By: Andrew Krammer

A man broke into a Portland house Monday and called 911 when the homeowner returned, fearing he had a gun, CNN reported.

Timothy James Chapek, 24, called police when the homeowner arrived and was worried he might have a gun, MSNBC reported. The homeowner also called police, reporting his own account.

Chapek was showering and locked himself in the bathroom when he found out he wasn't alone, police said.

Portland police took Chapek into custody without a problem and charged him with first-degree criminal trespassing.

16-year-old dies after hitting game-winning shot

By: Andrew Krammer

Wes Leonard, 16, hit the game-winning shot for his western Michigan basketball team Thursday when he collapsed to the floor, FOX reported.

Leonard was hoisted into the air by his teammates after he made the winning basket in a 57-55 overtime win to complete Fenville's 20-0 season, Woodtv reported. Shortly after, a parent was performing CPR on him.

Leonard was taken to the Holland Hospital where he died an hour later.

The cause of death is unknown.

Ford recalls 150,000 F-150 trucks, possibly more

By: Andrew Krammer

Ford Moter Co. announced Wednesday that it will recall almost 150,000 F-150 trucks, from the 2005 and 2006 model years, in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential airbag problem, ABC News reported.

The 150,000 trucks is but a small fraction compared to the 1.3 million trucks the government auto safety regulators asked Ford to recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the power to force Ford into recalling the remaining vehicles it asked for, but the safety agency is currently reviewing Ford's plan and will decide if it's adequate.

Ford said the mistake occurred at its Norfolk, Virginia plant, where poor assembly could cause an airbag wire in the steering wheel to short circuit, MSNBC reported.

By: Andrew Krammer

A Florida man told police Wednesday that the body found in his pest control truck is that of his daughter, CNN reported.

Jorge Barahona, 53, also faces charges of aggravated child abuse for injuries to his son, who was found inside of the truck, KXAN reported. The boy was doused in an unknown acid by his father, police said.

Barahona's truck was found Monday along Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach. Barahona was found next to the truck with severe burns, police said.

The 10-year-old girl found dead is the twin sister of the critically injured boy, both of which were adopted through florida's foster care system.

Barahona said the burns were self-induced from a failed suicide attempt.

Hawaii pilot spots injured whale from above

By: Andrew Krammer

A humpback whale, with an apparent broken back, was spotted by a Hawaiian pilot Monday, CNN reported.

Gerry Charlebois spotted the injured whale from the air during a whale watching flight, Time reported.

"This is one of the most disturbing sights I've ever experienced while photographing whales," Charlebois said.

The whale hasn't been seen since Monday, but a large boat must have struck the whale, Charlebois said. The whale was spotted in shallow water near Kauai, off of the Hawaiian coast.

Charlebois takes student pilots/tourists for excursions around the Hawaiian coast and said he would continue to search for the whale in the near future.

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