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The judge declined to take disciplinary action against the attorneys, who have since withdrawn from the case.

Mr. Ceglia’s current lawyer, Dean Boland, said Wednesday that Mr. Ceglia would pay the fine and comply with all future court orders. Facebook has since been given the email account information it sought, he said.


25-foot ice ridge near city awaiting fuel

ANCHORAGE — A researcher assisting in a Russian tanker’s mission to deliver fuel to Nome has discovered a 25-foot ice pressure ridge at the entrance to the harbor of the iced-in city in western Alaska.

The top of the ridge sits just a few feet above the frozen surface, but the rest extends well down into the ocean, said Andy Mahoney of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute.

The ridge is too big for the tanker to get past, but it shouldn’t prevent the 370-foot tanker from delivering 1.3 million gallons of much-needed fuel to Nome. The tanker is equipped with a hose more than a mile long for offloading.

Nome and its 3,500 residents missed their final pre-winter delivery of fuel by barge when a big storm swept western Alaska in the fall. Without the delivery, the city could run short of fuel before a barge delivery becomes possible in late spring.


Feds order closure of accident-prone mine

COEUR D’ALENE — Federal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.

The Lucky Friday Mine, one of the nation’s top silver producers, will remain closed for a year after inspectors determined that sand and concrete material that had piled up over the years needed to be removed. The material is in the mile-deep Silver Shaft, the mine’s main access shaft, and workers will spend the next year essentially power-washing the material from the walls of the shaft.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration order was issued initially on Jan. 5, but company officials said Wednesday they had been negotiating for several days with federal regulators before resigning themselves to the lengthy shutdown. The news caused the stock price of parent company Hecla Mining Co. to lose a quarter of its value on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, tumbling to about $4.40 a share.

About 275 people work at the mine, and about 185 of those employees would lose their jobs because of the closure, Hecla CEO Phil Baker said. He added that the company hopes to hire most or all of them back when mining operations resume in 2013.

From wire dispatches and staff reports