April 25, 2009

Plane enters restricted Washington airspace

A small plane entered restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., Friday causing a temporary White House lockdown, the Boston Globe reported.

President Barack Obama was relocated and the Senate recessed during the incident, the Boston Globe reported. The House was not in session.

Two F-16 fighter jets and two Coast Guard helicopters escorted the plane to a nearby airport, the BBC reported.

The episode was caused by technology problems aboard the plane, a Cessna 180, Gil Bauserman, the owner of Indian Head Airport in Charles County, Md., told the Boston Globe.

April 17, 2009

Small plane crashes into home near Fort Lauderdale

A plane crashed into an Oakland Park, Fla., home Friday after taking off from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, USA Today reported.

At least one person aboard the plane died in the crash, Broward County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal told the Miami Herald. It is believed that the pilot was the only person aboard the plane when it crashed.

After the plane, an eight-passenger Cessna 421, crashed into the house, it exploded, the Miami Herald reported. The tenants of the house weren't home at the time, neighbors told the Miami Herald.

The plane was going to Fernandina Beach, Fla., but shortly after takeoff reported trouble and was going to turn around and land, USA Today reported. Before it could, it crashed.

April 11, 2009

Two dead after apparent Michigan campus murder-suicide

Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide Friday at a Dearborn, Mich., community college, USA Today reported.

The bodies of Asia McGowan, 20, of Ecorse, and Anthony Powell, 28, of Detroit, were found in a Henry Ford Community College building. The campus was put on lockdown after the deaths were reported. Classes on Friday and Saturday were canceled, USA Today reported.

Gregg Brighton, deputy chief with the Dearborn Police Department, told the Detroit Free Press that police believe Powell killed McGowan with a shotgun before shooting himself.

Powell and McGowan took one class together, but McGowan's father said they were not dating, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The shooting came only a week after a man shot and killed 14 people in Binghamton, New York, and then turned the gun on himself, USA Today reported.

April 2, 2009

Case of fired professor goes to jury

A jury in Denver will continued its deliberation Thursday in the case of Ward Churchill, a former University of Colorado professor who says he was fired for an essay he wrote about the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Denver Post reported.

The case, which stretched over four weeks, finally was handed to the jury on Wednesday.

Churchill wrote his essay "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens" a day after the Sept. 11 attacks and in it, called the victims of the attacks "little Eichmanns" after Nazi Adolf Eichmann, an engineer in the Jewish Holocaust during World War II, the Denver Post reported.

The university said Churchill was fired because of plagiarism and falsifying academic research, and not because of his essay, the New York Times reported.

Churchill, 61, lost his job in July 2007. He had been a tenured faculty member at the University of Colorado since 1991.

March 27, 2009

Fargo braces for highest flood levels

The Red River reached it's highest point in history of Fargo, ND, USA Today reported.

The river broke its 112-year-old record of 40.33 feet, causing even more flooding worries in the Fargo/Moorhead, Minn., community.

The rising of the river caused the evacuation of a Fargo neighborhood before dawn, the New York Times reported.

Major roads have been closed in Fargo in order for sandbag trucks to reach their destinations as quickly as possible.

Dropping temperatures are slowing the flow of the river, USA Today reported. The cold temperatures, dropping below 10 degrees, have also frozen sandbags, which made dikes more difficult to fortify.

Authorities told the New York Times that 10 percent of the sandbags are being set aside in warm locations to fortify the dikes if they fail as the river rises. Three million sandbags have been made in the past six days.

The river is expected to reach its highest level on Saturday, and may remain at that level for several days.

March 10, 2009

Shooting, crash outside city hall in Texas leaves several injured

A fight outside of the city hall in Gonzales, Texas, Tuesday left five people injured, two of them shot, USA Today reported.

Gonzales City Manager David Huseman said no city employees were involved in the fight.

The fight occurred after two cars were in an accident outside of city hall and pulled into the parking lot where a third car was hit, WOIA TV reported. The people involved then got out of their cars and someone pulled out a gun and started shooting.

WOIA TV reported only four people were injured, not five as USA Today reported.

WOIA TV reported that two people were shot and two were pistol-whipped. Two of the victims were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio.

One suspect is in custody and another is still at large, police told WOIA TV.

March 7, 2009

Gray wolves lose part of national protection

The gray wolf will be taken off the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

The status of gray wolves in the region has gone back and forth due to U.S. Fish and Wildlife decisions and federal court rulings. The Obama administration reviewed the situation, and through Salazar's announcement upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision.

Due to the delisting, the individual states will assume management over the wolves, the New York Times reported.

The states have a gray-wolf population of over 5,500, Salazar told the New York Times.

The gray wolf is still under protection in Wyoming.

Environmentalists told the New York Times they plan to sue to have the animals put back on the list.

February 28, 2009

Devner's Rocky Mountain News publishes last issue

The Rocky Mountain News, a newspaper serving the Denver area, published its final edition Friday, the New York Times reported.

The Rocky’s owner, the E. W. Scripps Company, announced the closing of the paper Thursday. The paper had been up for sale before, but no credible buyers came forward, the New York Times reported. The paper lost $16 million in 2008.

The Rocky began publishing in April of 1859, shortly after Denver was founded. It had served the area for the past 150 years.

The Rocky's chief competitor, the Denver Post, was founded in 1892. Many years of competition between the papers followed.

The Post and Rocky combined business operations in 2001, but kept their newsrooms separate, Yahoo News reported. The Post will continue publishing newspapers.

Daily newspapers all over the country are feeling increased financial pressure. Yahoo News reported 33 daily newspapers declaring bankruptcy in the past 2 1/2 months.

February 17, 2009

Rain and snow blanket California

A winter storm hit California on Monday, bringing with it rain, snow and traffic problems, USA Today reported.

The storm has closed several Los Angeles highways and canceled the last round of the PGA gold tournament.

The storm was expected to last through Tuesday and reached from Mexico to Oregon, a National Weather Service forecaster, Stan Wasowski, told USA Today.

Much of California's Central Coast was in a flash flood watch.

Effects of the storm caused the cancellation of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am's final round, MSNBC reported. Dustin Johnson, who had a four-shot lead before the rain began, was declared the winner.

The city of Sierra Madre has warned residents that they may have to leave their homes because of the possibility of mudslides in the area. A voluntary evacuation order for the city was in effect Monday, MSNBC reported.

February 14, 2009

Peanut company in salmonella outbreak files for bankruptcy

Peanut Corp. of America, the company linked with the national salmonella outbreak, filed for bankruptcy in federal court Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Lynchburg, Va. According to court documents, the company has between $1 million and $10 million in assets and $1 million and $10 million in liabilities.

One of the company's plants, in Blakely, Ga., was shut down last month after officials traced the outbreak to it. In the plant, inspectors found mold, roaches, and a leaking roof, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The salmonella outbreak is credited with sickening more than 630 people and may have killed nine people, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The FDA said more than 2,000 products have been recalled.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which usually involves liquidating a company's assets to pay its creditors, may shift more victim compensation cases to the companies that used Peanut Corp. of America ingredients in their products, such as Kellogg Co. and King Nut Co., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

February 3, 2009

Daschle withdraws nomination

President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of health and human services, Tom Daschle, withdrew his nomination Tuesday after Senate scrutiny over tax issues, the Star Tribune reported.

Obama took responsibility for sending mixed messages about ethical standards while trying to push Daschle's nomination through. The Boston Globe reported that Daschle was a strong supporter and close friend of Obama's.

The Boston Globe reported that Daschle has paid $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest in January. Daschle's nomination withdrawal is the third high-profile withdrawal; New Mexico governor Bill Richardson withdrew his commerce secretary nomination during a grand jury investigation and Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination as chief performance officer earlier Tuesday amid tax problems of her own.

Both Daschle and Killefer didn't want to be distractions in Obama's new administration, the Star Tribune reported.

January 31, 2009

Thousands still without power after Kentucky ice storm

Thousands of homes and businesses across Kentucky are still without power because of Monday's ice storm despite utility crews' progress Friday, USA Today reported.

Homes across the state are still without power, water, and heat after the storm froze power lines and crippled water treatment plants. Residents have had to decide whether to check into hotels, go to shelters or wait out the power outage in their cold homes. USA Today reported that 574,000 homes and businesses were still without power, while the New York Times reported that the number was more than 600,000. While utility companies are working to restore power, they warn that some homes may not have power until mid-February.

"I've lived in Kentucky my whole life, and I've never experienced anything like this before," shelter volunteer Beth Davidson told the New York Times.

USA Today reported six deaths in Kentucky related to the storm, while the New York Times reported at least nine. Both papers reported that some of the deaths are likely due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by improper use of generators used to light and heat otherwise powerless homes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending generators, water and ready-to-eat meals to Fort Campbell, Ky., to aid in storm relief.