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COLORADO

Exploding oil tank kills two teens

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A crude oil storage tank exploded as two teens were jumping on it, hurling the youths 150 yards to their deaths, deputies said yesterday.

The tank exploded Saturday night during a party in Routt National Forest, about 135 miles west of Denver, Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos said. Vapor from the 160 barrels of crude oil in the tank may have been forced out through a relief valve by the pressure of the teens jumping on the top, Sheriff Joos said.

He said deputies were trying to determine whether a campfire or a cigarette lighter ignited the vapor. Some of the 18 persons at the party had started a campfire, Sheriff Joos said, but he was not sure how close it was to the tank.

A dog also was killed but no other injuries were reported, Sheriff Joos said. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was investigating.

GEORGIA

Investor, others offer bond for Wilson

ATLANTA — A prominent New York City-based investment manager yesterday said he and 10 others have volunteered to post a $1 million bond to free Genarlow Wilson from prison while he appeals his 10-year sentence for sex with a minor.

Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that Wilson deserves a chance to get his life back on track.

Mr. Tilson’s offer was made public by Wilson’s attorney, B.J. Bernstein, who called on Douglas County District Attorney David McDade to agree to a reasonable bond amount in advance of a hearing July 5. But Mr. McDade said yesterday that the particular crime means Wilson is not eligible for an appellate bond.

Wilson, now 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation stemming from a 2003 New Year’s Eve party where he was captured on videotape receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. At the time, he was 17 and Georgia’s age of consent was 16.

Earlier this month, a Monroe County Superior Court judge called Wilson’s sentence “a grave miscarriage of justice” and said he should be released. The state attorney general is appealing that decision, saying it could free more than 1,000 child molesters.

LOUISIANA

Charges reduced in race-tinged beating

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