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Rhode Island man arrested for 11th drunk driving offense

A Rhode Island man was arrested for his 11th drunk driving offense, the Boston Herald said.
Vernon Perry, 52, of Roselyn Avenue, East Providence, was observed traveling at 52 mph in a 40 mph zone on Taunton Avenue by Seekonk officer Eric Chalifoux at about 1:20 a.m., the Sun Chronicle said.
The officer followed Perry, who crossed over both the double yellow line on his left and the white line on his right before pulling over, the Boston Herald reported.
Perry failed sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and failure to stay within marked lanes, the Sun Chronicle reported.
Perry's 2001 Saturn was towed and he has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons, the Boston Herald said.

All 29 miners rescued safely in China

The 29 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in China were rescued Monday.
The small Batian mine in southwest China's Sichuan province suddenly flooded Sunday morning, trapping the miners for more than 24 hours, the Associated Press said.
The miners were lifted out of the mine, wrapped in blankets, and loaded on gurneys to a cheering crowd, CNN reported.
The miners were barefoot and naked, their clothes soaked in the flood, and had blindfolds on to protect their eyes from sunlight, the AP said.
In China, mine accidents are common, killing 2,631 people in 2009, CNN said.

"Barefoot Bandit" indicted

"Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Seattle in connection with a series of airplane and boat thefts.
Harris-Moore, 19, was charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman's certificate, interstate transportation of a stolen vessel and interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, the Vancouver Sun said.
The last charge is based on his alleged theft and transport of a .32 caliber pistol, from Canada to Idaho, and then to Washington on a stolen plane, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Nicknamed the "Barefoot Bandit," Harris-Moore was known for stealing and piloting planes and boats, although he did not have a pilot's certificate or formal training. He was on the run after leaving a halfway house in Renton, Washington, in 2008, and sometimes did not wear shoes, CNN said.
He was caught July 11 in the Bahamas after he flew there from Indiana in a stolen plane, CNN reported.
Four of the counts in the indictment are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and piloting an aircraft without an airman's certificate is punishable by up to three years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Rappers arrested in Iran

Tehran police arrested several members of underground Iranian rap groups Saturday, CNN said.
Tehran District Police Chief Hussain Sajedinia called the groups' music "shameless," Israel News said. He said several young boys and girls were discovered recording and videotaping illegal rap music in vacant homes for online publication.
Police arrested the musicians and confiscated "western style musical instruments" and alcohol when they raided the homes, CNN reported.
The police report, released Sunday, did not include how many rappers were arrested or how old they were.
"These groups use the most trashy, juvenile and street-like words and phrases that have no place in proper grammar," Sajedinia said. "More importantly, they have no regard for the law, principles, proper behavior and language."
Police were searching for a girl and other people in connection with material found in the raid, CNN said.
Rap and rock music are not serious crimes in Iran but are considered un-Islamic and can lead to accusations of Satan worship and floggings or jail time, CNN said.
Sajedinia called the groups "subversive and inappropriate" and said the groups encourage inappropriate and lawless conduct, Israel News reported.

Crosstown project finished

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The three and-a-half year Crosstown project that has created problems for motorists and nearby residents has been completed, KARE 11 reported.
At 7 a.m. Sunday morning commuters were allowed to drive on the new roads, FOX 9 said.
The Crosstown project, slated to be done November 19th, was finished ahead of schedule, FOX 9 said.
The reconstruction of the Highway 62 and Interstate 35 interchange cost $288 million, and was completed on budget, KARE 11 said.
A few exit and entrance ramps are still closed and Minn Pass lanes are not running yet, FOX 9 said.

Police find drug lab in Georgetown dorm

Two Georgetown University students and another person were arrested in connection with a suspected drug lab discovered inside a freshman dormitory Saturday morning, CNN said.
The three men, all over 18, are accused of making a drug called DMT. Two of the men are Georgetown University students and one was a guest, NBC said.
The lab was discovered when students reported of a strange odor inside Georgetown's Harbin Hall just before 6 a.m., CNN reported.
Harbin Hall was evacuated following the discovery. The DEA concluded there was no health risk to students who lived in the building, CNN said.
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is a hallucinogenic drug that can be found naturally or made synthetically, NBC said.

Mountain goat suspected in death of hiker

Rangers in Washington state suspect a mountain goat attack killed a hiker on Washington's Olympic Peninsula Saturday, United Press International reported.
Bob Boardman, 63, of Port Angeles, Wash., died Saturday after an encounter with a mountain goat. When the mountain goat became aggressive, Boardman tried to shoo it away. It then gored him in the thigh and stood over him as he lay on the ground, MSNBC said.
Boardman, his wife Susan Chadd, and their friend, Pat Willits, were stopped for lunch when the attack occurred. An off-duty park ranger shook a blanket at the goat and then pelted it with rocks as it hovered over Boardman, MSNBC reported.
Park rangers called a Coast Guard helicopter at 1:23 p.m. The helicopter crew arrived about a half hour later and attempted to revive Boardman, who had no pulse, UPI said.
Boardman was taken to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where efforts to revive him failed, UPI reported.

Israeli soldiers convicted of using child as shield

Two Israeli soldiers were convicted on Sunday of using a nine-year-old boy as a human shield.
The two infantry sergeants ordered the boy to open bags suspected of containing explosives. They were charged in military court with inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority, Britain's the Guardian said.
The soldiers were under attack from Hamas fighters during the seizure of an apartment building in a southern suburb of Gaza City when they chose the boy from a group of civilians they had rounded up. When the child had trouble opening one of the bags, a soldier shot it, the New York Times reported.
The boy was returned to his family unharmed, although his mother said that he had been traumatized by the incident, the Guardian reported.
The convictions could result in prison terms, the New York Times said.

Charges filed in hit-run that killed U professor

Deer River Minn. native Kevin R. Doerr was charged by Hennepin County authorities with two counts of criminal-vehicular homicide for his part in the fatal crash that killed a University of Minnesota research associate Monday night.
Ethan Thoreau Johnson, 37, died when Doerr failed to obey a stop sign and hit Johnson's car at 61 mph, the Pioneer Press said. The speed limit was 30 mph.
Ethan Johnson's father, Stephen F. Johnson, 65, of Missoula, Mont., was seriously injured in the crash. Ethan Johnson's stepmother and wife were also injured. They were treated at a hospital and released, the Star Tribune reported.
A witness and Doerr's girlfriend told police that he had been drinking alcohol the night of the crash. Police Sgt. Bill Palmer said that because Doerr was not tested for his degree of intoxication because was not arrested until Tuesday, the Star Tribune said.
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. Doerr had multiple convictions on his record prior to the incident, the Pioneer Press said.

University of Minnesota pollution film's premiere postponed

The premiere of a documentary highlighting the affects of pollution on the Mississippi River has been postponed, due to questions of balance and objectivity, the Associated Press reported.
"Trouble Waters: A Mississippi River Story" was scheduled to be premiered and broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television Oct. 3, said the Star Tribune. It was fabricated with about $500,000 in state lottery proceeds and foundation grants over the past two years, and discusses pollution problems and solutions in the Mississippi river.
A screening of the film brought about questions of credibility and fact-checking, and prompted Karen Himle, vice president of university relations, to cancel the premiere broadcast for "scientific and institutional review", said the Associated Press. Further details on why the film was postponed were not given.
Daniel Wolter, director of the University of Minnesota News Service, said that the reasons for the cancellation came from within the University of Minnesota, the Star Tribune reported.

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