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Young mother shot to death with newborn boy kidnapped

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A young mother, of Spring, Texas, was killed and her 3-day-old newborn was abducted outside a pediatric clinic Tuesday near Houston, according to USA Today.

Kala Marie Golden, 28, was shot outside the Northwoods Pediatric Center by an unidentified female suspect when the two argued as Golden got into her pickup truck, according to USA Today.

Witnesses saw the gunwoman took the infant and sped away in a Lexus after shooting Golden, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Golden was run by the car, which also contained a blood-stained man on the driver's side, the Chicago Sun-Times said. Golden was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, USA Today said.

The suspect was described as a thin, gold-haired black woman in her late 20s or early 30s, witnesses told the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the baby boy was still nowhere to find, Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez told the Associated Press in a brief interview.

Jeremy Wuitschick, a seventh grader, was being praised by Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes for acting quick to stop the school bus when the driver passed out on the way to school, according to ABC News.

"I was just thinking I don't want to die," Wuitschick told the Seattle Times. No one was injured during the accident, according to the Seattle Times.

The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital, according to ABC News. His condition was "grave," Jeff Short, assistant superintendant for the Fife school district, told ABC News. Wuitschick and another student, Johnny Wood, started chest compressions as soon as the bus was pulled to the side, according to USA Today. "But his eyes were rolling back and I could tell it was getting harder for him to breathe," Wuitschick told KIRO-TV.

Police Chief Rhodes told ABC News "the kid definitely deserves credit" for being a "quick thinker."

Middle-school students are learnt how to deal with emergency situations, the Seattle Times said.

An elderly woman with little flying experience took control of a small plane from her husband, who passed out and landed at a northeastern Wisconsin airport Monday, her son told the Associated Press.

Helen Collins, 80, remained calm when her 81-year-old husband, John Collins died of heart attack during their flight from Marco Island, Fla., according to the Associated Press. In addition, the Cessna twin-engine plane was running out of gas at that time, the Associated Press said.

Robert Vuksanovic, a pilot living a mile from the airport flew up to assist Helen Collins to "control her speed and attitude," Keith Kasbohm, director of Cherryland Airport near Sturgeon Bay, told Fox News. Helen Collins called 911 when her husband passed out, "prompting air traffic controllers in Green Bay to alert Kasbohm," according to Fox News.

Helen Collins was hospitalized with injury in her vertebrae and rib, her son James Collins told the Associated Press on phone. James Collins, who was also a pilot, also assisted his mother in landing the plane via radio, he told the Associated Press.

"Everybody is proud of her," James Collins told the Associated Press. "She was calmer than everybody on the ground."

A wildfire in Denver killed an elderly couple and demolished 23 homes, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said the couple was identified as Linda Lucas, 76, and Samuel Lucas, 77, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jefferson County coroner John Graham told USA Today the cause of the couple's death could not be determined until the report released in several weeks.

The blaze started Monday and had now burnt 4,500 acres of lands, USA Today said, "it was still out of control Tuesday night." According to the Chicago Tribune, the blaze is close "the state's most populous city," just 20 miles west of Denver.

About 450 firefighters around the country were making their way to Denver to help controlling the blaze, Kelley told USA Today. Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office told the Chicago Tribune the weather on Tuesday was advantageous for firefighters but it "turned against them and forced firefighters to retreat to protecting structures."

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. But the Colorado Bureau of Investigation told the Chicago Tribune signs showed that the fire might be started by embers from a controlled-burn operation to remove vegetation in the area.

Skydivers were saved from being sucked into a thunderstorm, but the hot-air balloon pilot went missing in Georgia, according to the Associated Press (reported in the Seattle Times).

Edward Ristaino, a 63-year-old medical profession, took a hot-air balloon up with five skydivers Friday night in Fitzgerald, Ga., when a "fog-like haze" quickly developed into a thunderstorm, the Associated Press said. Ristaino of North Carolina "asked the skydivers to bail out" when he noticed the wind was picking up the balloon, Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore told CNN (reported in the Boston Channel). Ristaino and his balloon then fell, crashed and went missing, CNN said.

Ristaino's body was found Monday, three days after the crash, about eight miles from where the skydivers landed, the Associated Press said. McLemore told CNN that at least seven helicopters and planes, and over 100 people helped recovering the body of the missing balloonist.

Ristaino was last heard from the radio after falling 60 to 90 mph, McLemore told CNN. He was calm the whole time, McLemore said.

Surviving skydivers told the Associated Press Friday was not one of the days skydiving was not suitable. "We had blue skies all day. There was no issue," Dan Eaton, one of the skydivers, said.

Police find relatives of dead California twin sisters

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Family of California twin sisters who were found dead in their home last month were finally located by police, the Associated Press said (reported in the Chicago Sun-Times).

According to the Los Angeles Times, Patricia and Joan Miller, 73, were found dead in their home in Lake Tahoe last month during a welfare check, El Dorado County Sheriff's Det. Matt Harwood said.

Police made an unusual step to release the names of the dead before informing their family, but with the twin sisters' isolated life in their late years, it would be impossible to find their relatives without help from the public, detective Harwood told the Associated Press.

Police received emails and phone calls with information about the Miller sisters after releasing their names, the Associated Press said. Police finally located a first cousin and two second cousins Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

According to the Associated Press, police were still investigating the time and reason for the sisters' death. One was found in their bedroom while the other was found in the hallway outside the bedroom on Feb. 26.

The Miller sisters lived a secluded lives and "often shunned their neighbors," the Associated Press said. According to the Los Angeles Times, the sisters appeared on the weekly television show "The Hoffman Hayride" in the 1950s and "entertained troops at several military bases," the detectives said.

Tornado warnings and fundraising help to save lives

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Many may have saved in southern Indiana from tornadoes by the special radios installed in their homes that "emit a squawking alarm" whenever the National Weather Service issues tornado warnings, the Chicago Tribune said.

At least 90 tornadoes stroke Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama Friday, killing 37 people. Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told the Chicago Tribune "we could've had a lot more" if people did not take those warnings issued by the National Weather Service seriously. Schools, businesses and offices carried out evacuation plans when warnings were issued, the Chicago Tribune said.

The warnings were not perfect. Tornadoes are less predictable than hurricanes, "there's no way you can prepare for something like this," Clarke County, Ind., Sheriff Danny Rodden told the Associated Press, according to the Chicago Tribune.

With the tornadoes demolishing people's homes, Cathy Mangels of Charlestown, Ind., did a roadblock to collect money from passing vehicles, the Los Angeles Times said.

Mangels, 59, told the Los Angeles Times she had always been fundraising with his father. She raised half a million dollars for a park for special-needs children, she said.

Mangels received a permit from the mayor Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "She had to promise to get orange vests and not get killed," the Los Angeles Times said. She told the Los Angeles Times she "just want[ed] to get out there and do what she can." She would be giving the money to the American Red Cross, she said.

7 Marines died in helicopter crash

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Seven Marines died Wednesday when two helicopters collided during aviation training near the Chocolate Mountains along the California-Arizona border, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The two helicopters crashed during a routine training mission, which was part of preparations for deployment, according to the Los Angeles Times. No survivors were reported, according to the Detroit Free Press.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the crash on Wednesday was the fifth air accident since March involving the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Officials told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday they were investigating the cause of the deadly crash when skies were clear.

Identities of the victims will not be revealed until families are notified because of Marine policy, the Los Angeles Times said.

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) told the Los Angeles Times Thursday the collision was "a grave reminder of the sacrifices that the men and women of the armed forces make to keep us safe."

Obama proposed new budget plan to bill air travelers

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Air travelers would need to pay extra security fee and tax if Congress approved President's Obama budget plan, according to Reuters.

Obama wanted airlines and passengers to pick up more of the costs of air travel and airport improvements, Reuters reported. He stated in the proposal the new plan could help reduce the deficit and cover security costs, according to USA Today. The new proposal was estimated to bring $7.4 billion in 10 years, according to Reuters. The money would fund the Federal Aviation Administration's air-traffic control system, USA Today reported, and also help to reduce the deficit.

President Obama had proposed budget plan to the Congress several times but they were all rejected, USA Today said. The industry group Airlines for America told USA Today their rejection of the new budget plan, saying that the government should not encourage economic and business development by discouraging flying.

The science fair held Tuesday in the White House convinced Obama the nation's best technology were yet to come, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Out of the 30 and more student projects, a design from Paul Robeson, Malcolm X Academy in Detroit drew Obama's attention, reported the Chicago Tribune. He commented on the fair referencing the design from the Detroit student team, reported the Chicago Tribune.

He was also highly amused by the award-winning high-speed marshmallow air cannon - "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon" - made by an eighth-grader from Phoenix, according to the Associated Press (reported in the Chicago Sun-Times). He helped firing a marshmallow across the White House's State Dining Room, reported the Associated Press.

Obama showed enthusiasm in technology not only in the fair, he said he "learned something" visiting an Alcoa plant in Davenport, Iowa, in June, according to the Associated Press. The Associated Press also reported on Obama's interest in robots - the technological innovations that impressed him the most.

"Nobody needs to tell them the kinds of challenges that Detroit still faces," Obama said in his remark, according to the Chicago Tribune. He said people from the White House were also standing up to "keep Detroit's comeback going."

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