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NYC landing mishap raises questions on runway snow closures

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 01:50 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The rough landing of a Delta jetliner at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm has raised questions about when airports should close runways due to snow or ice.

Six people were hurt when the plane skidded off a runaway Thursday and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest just feet from an icy bay.

Officials say the runway had been plowed minutes before, and two other pilots had reported good braking conditions.


Another solid month of job gains over 200K expected for Feb.

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 01:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of economists ahead of the official Labor Department employment report due out today is predicting another good month, following the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years.

Economists in the FactSet survey have forecast a job gain of 240,000 and a drop in unemployment to a near-normal 5.6 percent from 5.7 percent. That would be evidence of a job market that continues to outshine others around the world.


More want local beef, but fewer want tough job of cutting it

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 01:08 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Demand for local beef is surging, but people who slaughter cattle and slice the beef into steaks say few people want to go into the business.

Operators of small meat plants say even their children don't want to take on the hard, messy work.

Nationally, there were 1,200 federally inspected livestock slaughterhouses in the U.S. in 1990. By 2010 the number had dropped to 800. State-licensed operations have also declined.


Madonna: Working out saved me from injuries after fall

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance at the Brit Awards.

In an interview Thursday night, the singer said with a laugh: "If wasn't in good shape — tuck and roll."

The 56-year-old tumbled last week after her dancers tugged at her flowing cape, dragging her down three steps. She got up after being yanked and continued her performance of "Living for Love."


Police: Federal judge shot during robbery attempt in Detroit

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:45 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a federal judge has been shot outside his home in an apparent attempted robbery.

Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt tells The Detroit News that Judge Terrence G. Berg was shot in the leg Thursday night near the house on the city's west side.

The Associated Press left phone and email messages with Detroit police Thursday night seeking comment.

There was no immediate word on Berg's condition, though police described the injury as not life threatening.


Protesters at Nevada air base call for end to drone warfare

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:32 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Protesters outside an air base in southern Nevada are calling for an end to U.S. drone missions that they say kill many more civilians than terrorists halfway around the world.

Organizer Toby Blome and base officials said Thursday that no violence and no arrests resulted from the first day of a demonstration outside Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, northwest of Las Vegas.


Ga. Senate OK's religious freedom bill feared by LGBT groups

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:07 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has given decisive approval to a contentious "religious freedom" bill — one of a wave of measures surfacing in at least a dozen states.

The Georgia bill would forbid state government from infringing on a person's religious beliefs unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest. Sponsor state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, called that a "bright line" and said it is closely modeled on a national religious freedom law passed in 1993.


Man shot by police on Skid Row is identified

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:37 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified a homeless man who was shot to death by Los Angeles police during a Skid Row confrontation.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday the man was 43-year-old Charly Keundeu Keunang and that he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was listed as being indigent and homeless.


Unlicensed driver pleads guilty in death of 4-year-old girl

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:32 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An unlicensed teen driver accused of killing a 4-year-old girl while he was fleeing from police has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A Manhattan judge had previously offered a prison sentence of three to nine years if Franklin Reyes Jr. agreed to the plea deal in the June 2013 death of Ariel Russo.

Reyes entered his plea Thursday. He is expected to be sentenced March 25.


Philadelphia officer shot in head, killed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 08:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials say an officer has been killed in the line of duty after he was shot in the head while trying to stop a robbery at a video game store.

Mayor Michael Nutter says Officer Robert Wilson III died Thursday. Nutter says Wilson was an eight-year veteran.

Police say two suspects are in custody; one was wounded after the late afternoon confrontation inside a GameStop store at a North Philadelphia strip mall.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey says the entire department is in shock and mourning.


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