Authorities blow up 200-ton boulder that was blocking traffic in Oregon

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A giant boulder stretching nearly 12 feet high and weighing about 200 tons was totally blocking an Oregon highway until it was removed Friday, thanks to some dynamite.According to ABC affiliate KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, several huge rocks fell onto and alongside Highway 138E in southwestern Oregon overnight Thursday. One particularly big boulder was blocking the scenic byway.A local company was called in to blow up the offending rock, and a dynamite blast reduced the giant stone to rubble.In the aftermath of the explosion, there is still a lot to be done, state officials said.“More cleanup work and paving is necessary Friday and through the weekend, if not longer,” the Oregon Department of Transportation told KATU.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Russia takes action to halt public puffing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Wednesday, the Duma gave preliminary backing to a measure that would prohibit beer drinking in streets, parks and public squares for both adults and minors. MOSCOW – First beer, now smoking. Russia’s lower house of parliament gave preliminary backing to a new wide-ranging restrictions on smoking in public Friday, the latest in series of legislative measures aimed at regulating Russians’ health and public behavior. The legislation, passed by the State Duma 406-0, all but bans smoking in workplaces, on airplanes, trains and municipal transport as well as in schools, hospitals and government buildings. It requires specially designated smoking areas to be set up. German lawmakers on Friday passed a similar ban on smoking on public transport and in federal buildings, including the parliament, although the plan allows for special rooms to be set aside for smokers. It still needs approval from the upper house of parliament. last_img read more