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Three die when cell towers collapse in West Virginia PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:44

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 300-foot cellphone tower collapsed Saturday and minutes later a smaller tower fell, killing two contractors and a firefighter, authorities said.

The contractors were tethered to the larger tower when it collapsed in Clarksburg, State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said. A firefighter with the Nutter Fort Fire Department was killed when he was walking from his vehicle to the scene.

Two other contractors working on the larger tower were hurt and taken to a hospital. Waggamon described their injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

Waggamon said three of the workers were more than 60 feet up on the tower. One of those workers was killed along with a co-worker who was about 20 feet up when the tower toppled.

Two other workers at the site were not injured.

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Pet store owner arrested in fire; puppies saved PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:41

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire officials say a Las Vegas pet store owner is accused of setting her business ablaze, but all 28 puppies inside have been rescued.

Clark County Fire Department spokesman John Steinbeck says 35-year-old Gloria Lee was booked into the county jail on suspicion of first-degree arson after the fire early Monday morning at the Prince and Princess Puppy Boutique.

Steinbeck says in a statement issued early Saturday that the 28 puppies could have died if the sprinkler system hadn't activated and firefighters hadn't quickly extinguished the flames.

He says the fire caused $100,000 in damage to the building, but the motive was not immediately clear.

No people were injured.

County animal control officers took possession of the dogs, and they're currently being housed at a local animal shelter.


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Mitt Romney: Sochi Olympics will be safe PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes the 2014 Sochi Olympics should be safe, despite threats of terrorism in Russia.

"Well there's no such thing as 100 percent security anywhere in the world," Romney told The Associated Press on Saturday. "At the Sochi fields of play there will be very adequate security."

Romney, chief executive of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, said that the security for the 2014 games is far more intense. He said that Sochi has 40,000 security personnel, which is about 10 times the security at the Salt Lake City games.

But he said that the presence of security only goes so far.

"Ultimately it's the intelligence work that goes into protecting the venues and games, or the sporting event that has the most impact," he said.

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Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 07:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.

In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow commented about the 1992 incident. In a letter to op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof, she said she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood's continued embrace of Allen.

"That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up," wrote Farrow. "I was stricken with guilt that I had allowed him to be near other little girls."

The New York Times reported that Allen declined comment. Also, representatives for Allen and for former partner Mia Farrow also did not immediately return requests for comment Saturday from The Associated Press. Allen, who attended Saturday night's New York Knicks game, has long maintained his innocence.

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Feds: Indian diplomat not immune from N.Y. charges PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 01 February 2014 06:12

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Indian diplomat who was strip-searched when arrested on charges she fraudulently obtained a work visa for her housekeeper and lied about the housekeeper's pay isn't covered by diplomatic immunity.

Prosecutors say in papers filed Friday in Manhattan federal court that since Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) is no longer in the U.S., she's not immune from prosecution. The papers further argue the immunity she would have enjoyed at the consular level wouldn't protect against the charges in this case.

Khobragade was the deputy consul general in New York. She complied with a Department of State order to leave the United States earlier this month following her indictment.

Her attorney has filed court papers asking that all charges and arrest warrants be dismissed against his client.


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