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Woman hurt in destructive Montana avalanche dies
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:25

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A woman who was rescued about three hours after her Missoula home was destroyed by an avalanche has died.

About 100 neighbors converged to help find 68-year-old Michel Colville, her husband and an 8-year-old boy, who were buried Friday when the avalanche swept down a mountain and crushed the couple's house in a residential area of the western Montana city.

Colville died Sunday night at St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula police said Monday. Her husband, Fred Allendorf, remained hospitalized in serious condition.

Allendorf was buried for about two hours before rescuers found him in an air pocket created by a fallen chimney in their house at the base of Mount Jumbo.

Eight-year-old Phoenix Scoles-Coburn and his 10-year-old sister, Coral, were outside playing when the slide hit at 4 p.m. Friday. Coral was able to dig herself out of the snow, but Phoenix was buried for about an hour. He was able to survive due to an air pocket in the debris, officials have said.

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Cold (low 40s), rain forecast for Fat Tuesday in New Orleans
Written by CHEVEL JOHNSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:22
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The sixth annual Red Beans Parade rolled through the Marigny and ended in the Treme with The Treme Brass Band on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New Orleans. Participants sported costumes made of various kinds of beans. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, Kathleen Flynn)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, thousands of people were expected to line the traditional parade routes overnight to get a prime spot for Mardi Gras — New Orleans' biggest show.

Mark Nelson, of St. Louis, will be attending his first Fat Tuesday. He said he's going to be in the mix even in a downpour.

"That's why God made washing machines," said Nelson, who was sipping on a daiquiri as he enjoyed the sounds of trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, who performed at the Lundi Gras festivities Monday along the Mississippi River.

Nelson said he came for the experience to support his U.S. Department of Energy co-worker, Melvin Labat, who's also a member of the Krewe of Zulu and this year's Province Prince.

"I was at Muses and caught a coveted shoe and I already got a (Zulu) signature coconut so I'm ahead of the game," he said.

Rain was expected to hit the metropolitan area sometime after 10:00 a.m. local time, which means it could rain on both the krewes of Zulu and Rex. Temperatures were not expected to rise above the low 40s.

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Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:16

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers.

In his first comments since Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, Putin said he considers him to still be Ukraine's leader, and hopes that Russia won't need to use force in predominantly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.

He rejected the Western threat to punish Russia with sanctions over its action in Ukraine, saying they will backfire against the West.

Earlier Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin had ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases. The massive military exercise in western Russia involving 150,000 troops, hundreds of tanks and dozens of aircraft was supposed to wrap up anyway, so it was not clear if Putin's move was an attempt to heed the West's call to de-escalate the crisis that has put Ukraine's future on the line.

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Air Force Academy investigates possible cheating
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:20

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy is investigating whether 40 freshman cadets cheated in a chemistry class.

Academy officials said Monday some cadets possibly copied portions of a lab report assignment.

The school says about 500 cadets are enrolled in the class.

Initial reports said 11 cadets were under investigation, but the academy said later it was 40.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy superintendent, says she is disappointed by the allegations.

Cheating is forbidden by the academy's honor code. Cadets who break the code can be expelled, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://tinyurl.com/mchobbr ) freshmen violators are generally treated more leniently under current rules. They can be placed on honor probation instead.

Cadets on probation are generally confined to campus and assigned extra duty, including miles of marching.


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Six rescued, including three lifeguards, in high surf
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Monday, 03 March 2014 15:41

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California ocean rescue took a dramatic turn over the weekend when three lifeguards who were attempting to save three people also had to be plucked from high surf by boat.

The ordeal began Saturday in Laguna Beach during a powerful storm when a woman was sucked into the ocean by a wave and pulled 400 yards out to sea by a rip current, The Orange County Register reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1eWHnku).

Two swimmers already in the water, including one with a surf board, tried to save her but began to struggle against the pounding surf.

A lifeguard swam out to help but couldn't swim back to shore amid 15-foot waves. Two more lifeguards entered the water, but rough waves kept all six from returning to shore.

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