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Algerian plane crash claims 102; 1 survivor PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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.

Deadly Tennessee house explosion was not accident PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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.

Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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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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Motorist apologizes in pedestrian's texting death PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:18

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — A southern North Carolina woman, who authorities say hit and killed a pedestrian while texting, has apologized.

Forty-five-year-old Belinda Strange Hudspeth apologized to the victim's family in court Monday in Belmont, outside Charlotte.

Seventy-five-year-old Lavon Ramsey died Saturday when she was struck by a SUV on a street in Belmont.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says Hudspeth was texting while driving and was impaired by prescription medication when the wreck occurred.

Investigators say her SUV ran off the right side of the road and hit Ramsey outside her home.

Hudspeth faces charges of murder, reckless driving, failure to carry a valid driver's license, driving while intoxicated and a text/email violation. She was being held on a $1 million bond. It was not clear if she has a lawyer.

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Shirley Temple won praise in diplomatic career PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by POLLY ANDERSON, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Shirley Temple got her first ambassador appointment after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger heard her discussing Namibia at a party and, in her words, was "surprised that I even knew the word."

She would have to prove herself over and over during a time when few women got such posts, let along pretty former actresses. But she earned the respect of colleagues and world leaders.

A Republican (she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1967), she served in Richard Nixon's administration as a member of the delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. She later served Gerald Ford as ambassador to Ghana and then as chief of protocol.

During the administration of Ronald Reagan — her former co-star — she served as a State Department trainer. And in the first Bush administration, she was ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the historic days when the Iron Curtain fell.

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