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World leaders, South Africans remember Mandela PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:41

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 heads of state and other luminaries, united in tribute to a global symbol of reconciliation.

Crowds converged on FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Johannesburg township that was a stronghold of support for the anti-apartheid struggle that Mandela embodied as a prisoner of white rule for 27 years and then during a peril-fraught transition to the all-race elections that made him president.

However, steady rain kept many people away. Shortly before the start of the ceremony, there were some 20,000 people in the 95,000-capacity stadium. Other area stadiums equipped with giant video screens for anticipated overflow crowds were largely empty.

"I would not have the life I have today if it was not for him," said Matlhogonolo Mothoagae, a postgraduate marketing student who arrived hours before the stadium gates opened. "He was jailed so we could have our freedom."

'Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JESSICA HERNDON, AP Film Writer   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:40

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's "The Sound of Music," in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement. "Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."

Princeton starts mass meningitis B vaccinations PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 16:31

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University has begun vaccinating nearly 6,000 students to try to stop an outbreak of type B meningitis in an unusual federal government-endorsed administration of a drug not generally approved for use in the United States.

Seven students and one prospective student who was visiting campus have been stricken by potentially life-threatening type B meningococcal disease since March. None of the cases has been fatal.

Scores of students were lined up in a campus center when the vaccinations became available Monday. University officials said they would release the number of students who received the shots. Vaccines are being given through Thursday, and a booster dose will be given in February.

The vaccinations were recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine is being made available to all undergraduates, as well as graduate students who live in dorms and employees with certain medical conditions. Taking it is voluntary.

On campus Monday, students were amused at the presence of reporters interested in whether they had gotten a shot, or planned to.

Search underway for couple, 4 kids in Nevada snow PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 16:30

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — A search resumed Monday in the remote mountains of northwest Nevada for a couple and four children who went to play in the snow and haven't returned after a night of sub-zero temperatures.

Pershing County deputies said aircraft and crews on the ground were searching for 34-year-old James Glanton, his 25-year-old girlfriend, Christina McIntee, and the four children: a 10-year-old, two 4-year-olds and a 3-year-old. The relationship between the couple and children was unclear.

Officials said the group went to the Seven Troughs area Sunday in a silver Jeep with a black top but hadn't returned home. It was unclear what supplies they might have been carrying or whether they were able to communicate with rescuers.

"I'm hoping they all huddled together and stayed in the Jeep," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Monday. "That would be a best-case scenario."

The situation was considered especially urgent because of unseasonably cold temperatures. In the nearby small town of Lovelock, temperatures dipped to 16 below zero early Monday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf said.

Seven Los Angeles sheriff's deputies arrested in jail probe PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 16:28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least seven current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were arrested Monday by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation of inmate abuse in the nation's largest jail system.

The arrests of lower to mid-ranking deputies by federal agents was confirmed to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the arrests who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The official said no assistant sheriffs or undersheriff had been arrested.

Federal authorities called a news conference Monday afternoon to announce criminal corruption and civil rights charges filed in the case.

The FBI has been investigating allegations of excessive force and other misconduct at the county's jails since at least 2011. The official said the arrests were related to the abuse of individuals in the jail system and also allegations that sheriff's officials moved an FBI informant in the jails possibly to thwart their probe.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said he was aware of an indictment but referred calls to the FBI. He said Sheriff Lee Baca would provide a comment later Monday afternoon.

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