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Officials: No survivors expected in plane crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:36

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.

The single-engine Socata TBM700 was flying from Bartlesville, Okla., to Montrose, about 180 miles southwest of Denver, when it went down Saturday, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred just before 2 p.m., but he didn't yet know its cause.

Rescue efforts started in the afternoon and were suspended shortly after sundown until Sunday morning, Whitmore said.

Whitmore said no one is believed to have survived, but no victims have been recovered.

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John Love, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 91 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:35

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91.

Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer, said Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, an Albuquerque retirement home where Love lived.

As a 19-year-old member of the New Mexico Guard, Love was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when the U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942.

In all, tens of thousands of troops were forced to march to Japanese prison camps in what became known as the Bataan Death March. Many were denied food, water and medical care, and those who collapsed during the scorching journey through Philippine jungles were shot or bayoneted.

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Galveston Bay oil spill threatens bird migration PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:31

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Crews armed with infrared cameras planned to work through the night after a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching.

Booms were brought in to try to contain the spill, which the Coast Guard said was reported at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday by the captain of the 585-foot ship, Summer Wind. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Kristopher Kidd said the spill hadn't been contained as of 10 p.m., and that the collision was still being investigated.

The ship collided with a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of marine fuel oil, also known as special bunker, that was being towed by the vessel Miss Susan, the Coast Guard said. It didn't give an estimate of how much fuel had spilled into the bay, but there was a visible sheen of oil at the scene.

Officials believe only one of the barge's tanks was breached, but that tank had a capacity of 168,000 gallons.

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Five critical following Phoenix apartment fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:29

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say four children and one adult are in critical condition following an early morning apartment fire in west Phoenix.

Fire department Capt. Jonathan Jacobs says firefighters at 12:45 a.m. Sunday responded to a report of a blaze in a second floor unit of an apartment building.

He tells The Associated Press that firefighters battled heavy smoke to quickly put out the fire and found the victims, most of whom were unconscious.

Likely from the same family, there was one adult female and four children ranging in age from five months to 14 years.

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Washington slide kills three; searchers seek survivors PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CHRIS GRYGIEL, Associated Press DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 06:26

SEATTLE (AP) — After hearing voices pleading for help, rescuers were "combing through the debris" in an overnight search for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of severe flooding.

The slide of mud, trees and rocks happened about 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Several people - including an infant - were critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing late Saturday that searchers weren't giving up on finding more people alive.

"We have people who are yelling for our help, and we are going to take extreme risks," Hots said.

It wasn't clear how many people might still be trapped - or if more bodies might be discovered.

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