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Search expands for six missing in brutal Nevada cold PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:27

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rescue teams fighting bitter cold temperatures worked through the night and planned an expanded search Tuesday for a couple and four young members of their families who have been missing since Sunday, when they went to play in the snow in the mountains of northwest Nevada.

The overnight low dropped to minus-10 degrees in nearby Lovelock, about 100 miles northeast of Reno. Skies, however, were clear.

"It's got to be brutal out there," said Mark Turney, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which manages the land. "Let's hope they are found quick."

Aircraft and crews on the ground were searching for James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, their two children Evan and Chloe Glanton, and Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee, a niece and nephew of Christina McIntee. The children ranged in age from 3 to 10.

The group had not communicated with anyone since they went missing, according to Sheila Reitz of the sheriff's office. Their Jeep also had not been found.

They had been bound for the Seven Troughs area on isolated federal land, and it was unclear if they were carrying any supplies.

Obama, other leaders remember Mandela PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:57

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama implored thousands gathered in a cold, rainy stadium and millions watching around the world on Tuesday to carry forward Nelson Mandela's mission of erasing injustice and inequality.

In a speech that received thunderous applause at FNB stadium and a standing ovation, Obama called on people to apply the lessons of Mandela, who emerged from 27 years in prison under a racist regime, embraced his enemies when he finally walked to freedom and ushered in a new era of forgiveness and reconciliation in South Africa.

"We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace," said Obama, who like Mandela became the first black president of his country. Obama said that when he was a student, Mandela "woke me up to my responsibilities — to others, and to myself — and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today."

Addressing the memorial service for Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, Obama pointed out that "around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love."

Congress renews undetectable gun ban PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.

Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic-run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill adding another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X-ray machines. The National Rifle Association, which has helped scuttle firearms restrictions this year, did not oppose the extension.

Without action, the ban would have expired Tuesday. The Republican-led House approved the bill last week.

But the NRA did oppose an effort by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrats to strengthen the law by requiring plastic firearms to have a permanent metal piece. Senate Republicans defeated that proposal by rejecting a request by Schumer to push it through the Senate unanimously.

Some plastic firearms technically obey the quarter-century-old law with a detachable metal part that can be slipped off to evade airport security. Democrats said the stricter language was needed in an era when improved and increasingly accessible 3-D printers can produce functioning guns.

Pennsylvania students' robotic arm can make you stronger PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.

Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero's costume. But its creators say it's designed for ordinary people — those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job.

In technical terms, the apparatus is an untethered, upper-body exoskeleton; to the layman, it's essentially a battery-powered arm brace attached to a backpack. Either way, Titan Arm's cost-efficient design has won the team accolades and at least $75,000 in prize money.

"They built something that people can relate to," said Robert Carpick, chairman of Penn's mechanical engineering department. "And of course it appeals clearly to what we've all seen in so many science-fiction movies of superhuman strength being endowed by an exoskeleton."

The project builds on existing studies of such body equipment, sometimes called "wearable robots." Research companies have built lower-body exoskeletons that help paralyzed people walk, though current models aren't approved for retail and can cost $50,000 to $100,000.

Girlfriend wants charges dropped against Zimmerman PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:43

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they could legally continue to pursue a domestic violence case against George Zimmerman, despite a signed affidavit from his girlfriend asking them not to.

Prosecutors can and have gone on in domestic cases without victim cooperation, State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynne Bumpus Hooper said in an email Monday after Zimmerman asked a judge to change the terms of his bond so he can have contact with girlfriend Samantha Scheibe.

Zimmerman filed an affidavit from Scheibe saying she doesn't want him charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.

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