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Boston Marathon bombing survivor dances again
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:07

BOSTON (AP) — Despite losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year, a professional dancer is back on stage.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, 33, from Boston, performed for first time since the being injured on Wednesday at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wearing a white, sparkling short dress, Haslet-Davis showed off her new high-tech prosthetic leg as she twirled across the floor with dance partner Christian Lightner to a shortened version of "Ring My Bells" by Enrique Iglesias.

"I'm thrilled to have danced again," Haslet-Davis said statement released after her performance. "I was always determined to dance again, and I knew that I had to, that I would, and here I am," she said.

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More than 100 people found in house in Houston
Written by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:06

HOUSTON (AP) — A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

The suspected stash house was found during a search for a 24-year-old woman and her two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, that were reported missing by relatives late Tuesday after a man failed to meet them as planned at an undisclosed location on the city's north side, said John Cannon, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department. Many of the people in home that authorities said appeared to be part of a human smuggling operation were dressed only in undergarments and they were sitting in in filthy conditions and surrounded by trash bags full of old clothing, Cannon said.

When police opened the door to the home they found "a large, large group of people, some sitting on top of one another, very confined spaces," Cannon said. "They yell out the woman's name to see if she is in there, and she emerges with the two children. They're OK."

The single-family home, in southern Harris County, is about 1,500-square-feet, Cannon said. At first, officers saw only a mattress on the floor and a refrigerator in an exterior room. It was when they went further into the house that they found the people — 94 men, all in their undergarments and shoeless, 15 women and the woman with her two children — lying in filth in several small rooms, all with access to one bathroom and no hot water.

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Mattress used to break California toddler's fall
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:16

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy who fell out a third-story window in California was saved by a quick-acting couple who threw out a mattress to break his fall.

KABC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1mfyBGQ ) Konrad Lightner and his wife, Jennifer, were moving out of their Burbank apartment Sunday when they noticed the toddler and his sister throwing their toys out the window.

When they saw the little boy throw his leg over the windowsill, Konrad rushed to put down the mattress. He was able to break the child's fall, placing him onto the mattress.

The toddler was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but he suffered no major injuries.

A neighbor rushed to get the boy's parents, who were unaware of what happened but grateful for the rescue.

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Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/


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Australia checking two objects in search for plane
Written by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SCOTT MCDONALD, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 05:09

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Four military search planes were dispatched Thursday to determine whether two large objects bobbing in a remote part of the Indian Ocean are debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

One of the objects spotted by satellite imagery was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from Australia's southwestern coast, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's emergency response division.

"This is a lead, it's probably the best lead we have right now," Young said. He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the larger object is longer than a container.

Young told a news conference in Canberra, Australia's capital, that planes had been sent to the area about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth to check on the objects. He said satellite images "do not always turn out to be related to the search even if they look good, so we will hold our views on that until they are sighted close-up."

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FBI analyzing flight simulator data in Malaysia
Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Malaysian government is seeking the FBI's help in analyzing any electronic files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot of the missing Malaysian plane.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name, says the FBI has been provided electronic data to analyze.

Malaysia's defense minister says investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the simulator used by the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah. Files containing records of simulations carried out on the program were deleted Feb. 3.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people aboard disappeared March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday U.S. investigators are prepared to help any way they can.


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