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Missing Colorado skier found dead after avalanche
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:23

DILLON, Colo. (AP) — A skier missing after an avalanche outside a Colorado ski area has been found dead.

The body of the man in his 40s was found just before noon on Tuesday, about a day after he disappeared following a large avalanche. A second skier was caught in the slide but was able to get out and get help.

He's the 10th person to die in an avalanche nationally this season and the fourth since Sunday.

A snowmobiler died in another avalanche in Colorado on Monday. Two people died after avalanches over the weekend in Utah.

Huge recent snowfall has been luring skiers and snowboarders to Colorado's mountains but has increased the avalanche danger in much of the backcountry. All the new snow means any slides that do occur are large.

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Republicans set stage for raising debt limit
Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to risk spooking the markets, and leading a fractured GOP majority, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday stepped back from a confrontation with Democrats to let Congress vote on increasing the government's borrowing cap without trying to extract any concessions from the White House.

The move risks more displeasure from the tea party but came after most Republicans in the House made clear they had no taste for another high-stakes fight with President Barack Obama over the nation's debt ceiling, which must be raised so the government can borrow money to pay all of its bills.

A vote was scheduled for Tuesday evening, with Democrats lined up to provide the bulk of support to pass the measure; the Senate was expected to pass the bill and send it to Obama by the end of the week.

Tuesday's developments, which many Capitol Hill insiders saw coming, marks a major reversal of the GOP's strategy of trying to use the debt limit to force spending cuts or other concessions on Obama. The president yielded to such demands in 2011 — before his re-election — but has since boxed in Republicans by refusing to negotiate.

Deadly Tennessee house explosion was not accident
Written by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:13

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Federal investigators said Tuesday that they have ruled out accidental causes such as a gas leak or electrical malfunction in a deadly house explosion in Tennessee and were trying to figure out what triggered the blast.

Agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were in Lebanon, Tenn., trying to figure out where in the house the explosion happened Monday. It killed one person whose name was not released.

Agency spokesman Michael Knight said investigators have ruled out accidental causes and that authorities searched the property Monday night but found no other explosives. He said it appears to be an isolated blast.

An injured person was also found at the scene, but Knight said authorities were still trying to determine whether the person was hurt in the explosion. The house is intact but several rooms were damaged by the blast, Knight said.

Neighbors said an elderly couple lived in the home.

Algerian plane crash claims 102; 1 survivor
Written by AOMAR OUALI, Associated Press PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:21

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country's rugged eastern region. A civil defense official said 102 people on board were killed but one person managed to survive.


The U.S.-built C-130 Hercules crashed about noon near the town of Ain Kercha, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Constantine, the main city in eastern Algeria. The military blamed poor weather for the crash.

Commander Farid Nechad, who is based in Algiers but was coordinating recovery efforts, told The Associated Press that 103 people including four crew had been on the plane. He said so far only 55 bodies had been found due to the difficult conditions at the crash site.

Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:10

DETROIT (AP) — Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.

The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received at least 80 complaints about the seats. Parents reported having to use excessive force to unlatch the harness buckle. In some cases, the straps had to be cut to free children.

Affected models include Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70.

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