Printed on: November 11, 2012

NATIONAL NEWS BRIELFY


4.3 earthquake is reported in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled at least eight other states.

The USGS website said the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, near the Virginia line. Residents in both states, as well as West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia, also reported feeling the temblor.

National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico said employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He said the office has gotten numerous calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.

Farmer is accused of abusing animals

LAURELVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- An Amish farmer in Ohio is accused of keeping dozens of dogs in gruesome settings, including injured animals living in feces a foot deep.

He countered that his dogs were taken because of cultural differences.

WCMH reported that authorities seized 52 dogs from Jonas Beachy's property in Laurelville in October. He was charged Friday with animal cruelty.

Teresa Landon is executive director of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She said authorities found "horrendous conditions" including matted, sometimes injured animals.

Beachy said he cares for his animals properly and has followed all laws. A neighbor who has known Beachy for 20 years said he believes the man is being treated unfairly.

Former Citi chief gets $6.7M bonus

NEW YORK (AP) -- Citigroup has paid its former CEO Vikram Pandit, who resigned abruptly last month, a bonus of $6.7 million for work he did for the bank this year.

The bank, which dis-

closed the payment in a regulatory filing Friday, also paid its former chief operating officer John

Havens, who left the bank at the

same time Pandit did, $6.8 million. Citi characterized the payments as "incentive awards" and said the two executives weren't entitled to any severance payments as a result of their departures.

The executives will get 40 percent of the money right away, and the rest will be paid in installments through 2017.

3 kids, dad is killed in Maine home fire

ORRINGTON, Maine (AP) -- A fire at a rural wood home early Saturday killed a father and his three children, while the kids' mother escaped and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.

The victims were identified as Benjamin Johnson III, 30, and the couple's children: two boys, 9-year-old Ben and 4-year-old Ryan, and one girl, 8-year-old Leslie, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Public Safety Department.

Their mother, Christine Johnson, 31, escaped Saturday's pre-dawn fire and was being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.