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Pilot missing after two planes collide in California PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 05:02

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Crews were searching the northern part of San Francisco Bay for a pilot after two small planes collided while heading home from a show, sending one aircraft crashing into the water while the other one safely reached its destination.

Debris was found in San Pablo Bay after Sunday afternoon's collision near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Coast Guard Petty Officer Loumania Stewart said. Crews have not found signs of the downed pilot, but officials said they planned to search through the night.

The collision involved a single-engine Cessna 210 and a single-engine Hawker Sea Fury TMK 20, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The Cessna went into the bay and the Sea Fury's pilot was able to land 40 minutes later at Eagle's Nest Airport in the small Northern California city of Ione, Gregor said.

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Central U.S. bracing for possible severe weather PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by KRISTI EATON, Associated Press   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 08:09

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The threat of severe weather across a section of the Midwest was diminishing Saturday, but forecasters were warning about more threats for Sunday.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said there was still a slight chance for severe thunderstorms with high winds and hail from Texas to South Dakota Saturday night. It said Sunday will possibly bring more powerful storms that could include tornadoes and even larger hail.

"I think the tornado risk for the rest of this evening and overnight is just about zero," meteorologist Scott Curl with the National Weather Service's Norman office said Saturday. "I mean, very, very low."

Curl said there could be "quite a bit" of severe weather on Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

The highest potential for severe weather on Sunday will be in Arkansas and portions of Oklahoma and Texas. A secondary threat area will be from eastern Nebraska into Iowa.

Multiple tornadoes packing winds of more than 111 mph damaged more than 200 homes on Friday in North Carolina. Sixteen people were taken to the emergency room when the storms passed through around 7:25 a.m. Friday, according to Beaufort County Emergency management Director John Pack.

In the central U.S., organizers of outdoor events have kept a watchful eye on weather conditions. Organizers with the Oklahoma City Marathon, set for Sunday, urged runners to be aware of the race day alert system intended to warn participants of impending bad weather. Three shelter locations have been picked to house runners and spectators if the stormy weather moves through.

In northwest Arkansas, the University of Arkansas baseball team played a doubleheader against Auburn Saturday afternoon instead of a single game and canceled a game scheduled for Sunday.

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Sanctions loom as observers held in east Ukraine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 08:06

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Saturday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency.

The German-led, eight-member team was traveling under the auspices of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe when they were detained Friday.

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed "people's mayor" of Slovyansk, described the detained observers as "captives" and said that they were officers from NATO member states.

"As we found maps on them containing information about the location of our checkpoints, we get the impression that they are officers carrying out a certain spying mission," Ponomarev said, adding they could be released in exchange for jailed pro-Russian activists.

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Francis presides over historic day of four popes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DANIELA PETROFF, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press   
Sunday, 27 April 2014 08:03

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence in St. Peter's Square of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.

Benedict's presence was a reflection of the balancing act that Francis envisioned when he decided to canonize John and John Paul together, showing the unity of the Catholic Church by honoring popes beloved to conservatives and progressives alike.

Francis made that point clear in his homily, praising both men for their work associated with the Second Vatican Council, the groundbreaking meetings that brought the 2,000-year-old institution into modern times. John convened the council while John Paul helped ensure its more conservative implementation and interpretation.

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North Carolina assesses tornado damage PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 26 April 2014 21:15

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Residents, meteorologists and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina were surveying the damage Saturday from multiple tornadoes that damaged more than 200 homes the previous day and sent more than a dozen people to the emergency room.

Meteorologists said Saturday that tornadoes with winds of more than 111 mph touched down in Pitt and Beaufort counties on Friday, and they were continuing to investigate storm damage.

Elsewhere, Texas, Oklahoma and other states in the Plains and Midwest were bracing for severe storms expected to start Saturday and continue overnight. There, the main threat will be large hail and damaging wind gusts.

In North Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack said 16 people were taken to the emergency room when the storms passed through around 7:25 p.m. Friday.

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