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Mitsubishi recalls cars for faulty defrosters, head lights

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 02:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitsubishi is recalling more than 130,000 cars because of two separate issues that could lead to reduced visibility for drivers and raise the risk of a crash.

Nearly 77,000 cars are being recalled because the windshield defroster might fail as a result of a faulty blower motor. The cars affected include Lancer model years 2009 to 2011, Lancer Sportback model years 2010 to 2011, Lancer Evolution model years 2010 to 2011 and Outlander Sport model year 2011.

WWII soldier's gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 02:14 PM

MILLVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent has come home after 73 years and just in time for Mother's Day.

The elaborate pillow sham emblazoned with the word "Mother" and sent in 1942 by Dominic O'Gara from his California Army base in California to his mother in the Massachusetts town of Millville. It was discovered last month by a town native on eBay.

Couple behind fake skeletons on chairs in Colorado River

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 01:42 PM

PARKER, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix couple has claimed responsibility for putting two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs in the Colorado River in far west Arizona.

The Today's News-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1zNKrAl) the husband and wife approached the La Paz County Sheriff's Office earlier this week and brought a photo as proof they were behind the prank in Parker.

Lt. Curt Bagby says there are no plans to press charges and considers the incident harmless.

HBO wins libel case involving soccer ball-child labor report

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 01:25 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO has won a libel case that was prompted by a report showing children stitching a British company's soccer balls.

The jury in Manhattan federal court ruled Friday that Mitre Sports International was not defamed by a 2008 installment of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" that showed children stitching Mitre soccer balls in Jalandhar, India.

Mitre's attorney said during the trial that the company was a pioneer in stopping child labor in the sporting goods industry.

Woman faces charges in case of slain Nebraska mother

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 01:16 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha authorities say they've made a second arrest in the death of a woman whose 11-month-old was discovered alive in a trash container and whose 5-year-old son is missing.

Omaha police say 24-year-old Gabriela Guevara is charged with accessory to homicide.

Family finds answers despite mistrial in missing-boy case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Etan Patz's (AY'-tahn paytses) father believed for years he knew who killed his 6-year-old son on the way to school in 1979, and it wasn't the man whose trial he was about to endure.

But after hearing every word of nearly three months of testimony, Stan Patz became sure that Pedro Hernandez kidnapped and killed Etan — even if the jury wasn't.

A hung jury spurred a mistrial Friday. But Patz says he hopes there will be a retrial. He says through listening to the case he became convinced that Hernandez was guilty.

Officials monitor Shawnee lake dam

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:43 PM

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Emergency officials are closely watching an Oklahoma lake that's at risk of breaching its dam and flooding about 25 homes.

Officials in Shawnee, about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City, are monitoring the levels of Granada Lake. The area has received nearly 3 inches of rain since Friday morning, and more rain is forecast.

Emergency Management Director Donald Lynch says water is being pumped from the lake in the Granada Estates neighborhood, which is home to 100 to 150 people.

The Latest on severe weather: Texas homes torn 'into pieces'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:40 PM

9:35 p.m.

A county judge in a rural area of North Texas says a deadly tornado has caused "five miles of destruction" as it tore through farmland.

Eastland County Judge Rex Fields says several homes were destroyed and many others were damaged by the storm, which killed at least one person Saturday near the town of Cisco. He says authorities believe there are some other injuries.

Fields says the tornado has taken the homes "into pieces and blown them out into pastures."


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Surveillance video sought of fatal duck boat accident

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:17 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are seeking surveillance video to confirm witness accounts of the accident involving an amphibious tourist boat that killed a woman on a downtown Philadelphia street.

Sixty-eight-year-old Elizabeth Karnicki of Beaumont, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said Saturday that witnesses reported that the victim was walking against a traffic light while "looking at an electronic device" when she was hit by the Ride The Ducks boat in Chinatown. No charges have been filed.

Texas high court denies appeal in Mike Leach firing lawsuit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 12:16 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has denied an appeal from ex-Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach in a lawsuit over his firing.

Texas Tech dismissed Leach in 2009 amid accusations he mistreated a player suffering a concussion. That player was the son of Craig James, a former SMU star and ex-broadcaster with ESPN.

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