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[June 19, 2014]

A.M. BRIEFING [Florida Times Union]

(Florida Times Union Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) APR ENERGYNAMES RICH AS COO APR Energy, a Jacksonville-based fast-track energy company, has named Brian Rich as the chief operating officer of the organization.

Rich was promoted from within the company where he served as senior vice president of business development since 2101.

Rich will now be responsible for all operations in business development and marketing activities for the company that installs mobile turbine power plants in developing nations.

Drew Dixon TUG CAPTAIN: FOG, SPEED LED TO OIL SPILL The captain of a tugboat whose barges collided with a cargo freighter in the Houston Ship Channel says the larger vessel increased its speed in foggy conditions, and she couldn't turn quickly to avoid the crash.


No one was hurt in the March 22 accident but nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the busy waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.

Capt. Kelli Hartman of the Kirby Inland Marine tugboat Miss Susan said she calculated she had enough time to cross the channel pushing two barges between Texas and Galveston, but the cargo ship Summer Wind had increased its speed.

She told federal investigators Tuesday that the speed coupled with fog and the presence of two other vessels in the waterway meant it was too late to avoid a collision.

Associated Press VISA OFFERS CHEAPER PREPAID CARDS Visa wants to make it easier for people to spot a cheaper prepaid card.

The payment processor says it will put labels on packages of cards that meet a new set of standards it unveiled Tuesday.

Those standards include a flat monthly fee and no hidden charges. Companies that issue Visa prepaid cards will have to apply for the new label, and the program is voluntary. It could take up to a year before the seal of approval starts showing up on packaging.

Prepaid cards are mainly aimed at people without checking accounts.

Associated Press YOUTUBE BAN ENDS IN TURKEY Turkish authorities say they have restored access to YouTube five days after the country's highest court ruled that the two-month ban on the video-sharing website violates freedom of expression.

Turkish news reports said that the court's decision was delivered to the country's telecommunications regulator Tuesday.

YouTube became accessible later in the day.

The restrictions on YouTube were imposed in late March after the leak of an audio recording of a government security meeting.

In the recording, senior officials appeared to be discussing a possible military intervention in Syria.

Associated Press INSTAGRAM ADDS PHOTO TOOLS The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools.

The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post Tuesday that users will be able to adjust photos they take with their smartphones.

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