US News: Teen Rescued, Abductor Killed; Infant 'Best Man' Laid to Rest; Deadly Crashes

By: AP
By: AP
Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed... Funeral held for Pa. boy who was parents

2-year-old Logan Stevenson, suffering from leukemia and other medical complications, is pictured serving as Best Man at his parents' wedding Aug 3. He died two days later in his mother's arms.

BURNED BODIES-MISSING CHILDREN
CASCADE, Idaho (AP) -- The FBI says it's sending a team to Idaho to investigate the shooting that led to the death of a man suspected of killing a California woman and her young son and abducting her 16-year-old daughter.
Forty-year-old James Lee DiMaggio was killed Saturday after his campsite was spotted in Idaho's rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The teen, Hannah Anderson, was found safe. Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says she has no apparent injuries and there are no reports of injuries among law enforcement.
At a news conference Saturday evening, Dearden said the teen and DiMaggio were spotted not far from where a horseback rider reported seeing the pair Wednesday.
Dearden said she didn't know if DiMaggio fired at officers.
Authorities offered few other details as the team from Washington, D.C., prepares to investigate.

JEANETTE, Pa. (AP) -- In his short life, a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died days after he served as best man at his parents' wedding touched the hearts of many people.
The Rev. Jan Zotter told a funeral audience Saturday that Logan Stevenson's life "had an impact over the whole world."
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that about 75 family and friends attended the service at the Mason-Gelder Funeral Home in Jeannette, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Christine and Sean Stevenson had planned to marry next year but moved the ceremony to Aug. 3 so their son could participate after the couple learned he had weeks to live.
The child had leukemia and other medical complications, including a mass on his remaining kidney. He died Monday night in his mother's arms.

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) -- The death of a 7-year-old boy in Virginia by a stray bullet is drawing attention to the dangers of celebratory shooting.
The practice involves firing a weapon into the sky, often on New Year's Eve and July Fourth.
This summer, a bullet pierced Brendon Mackey's head as he went to a fireworks show in central Virginia. Brendon died the next day.
Police determined that the bullet was probably fired within a 5,200-foot radius. Investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors hoping to find the person who fired the fatal shot. No one has come forward.
A state senator is proposing "Brendon's Law" to curb celebratory shooting and to provide stiffer penalties for those who maim or injure others with stray bullets.

PLANE INTO HOUSE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Investigators looking into the Connecticut plane crash that killed four people say they've found no obvious signs there was anything wrong with the plane.
Federal safety investigator Patrick Murray says the plane landed upside down at an angle on two East Haven homes as the pilot was apparently turning to land at Tweed New Haven Airport in rainy weather.
The pilot, 54-year-old former Microsoft executive, Bill Henningsgaard of Medina, Wash, and his 17-year-old son, Maxwell, died in the crash along with 13-year-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell, who lived in one of the homes struck by the plane.
Their bodies were all recovered from the crash scene.
The accident was not the first for Henningsgaard.
The highly regarded philanthropist was flying a small plane to Seattle in 2009 with his mother when the engine quit. He crash-landed on Washington's Columbia River. He and his mother escaped injury.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's largest health insurer is joining increased efforts by Blue Cross companies around the country to sign up a new mass market of health insurance consumers.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening half a dozen stores in strip malls as it seeks to educate and enroll consumers shopping for coverage because of the federal health insurance overall law.
The company also hauls an air-conditioned showroom trailer to fairs and farmers markets as it tries to reach the estimated 600,000 people newly shopping for policies.
The umbrella organization for the country's 38 Blue Cross companies has teamed with the Walgreens drugstore chain to spread news about the law requiring nearly everyone to buy coverage and government subsidies for consumers who might have trouble affording a policy.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to lift them into the Senate majority next year.
Control of the Senate rests on a handful of races in the South. Whether moderate Democratic incumbents can survive in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina will go a long way to determining party control.
So will the fate of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who faces both a primary challenge and a Democratic rival.
Democrats currently hold a 54-46 edge, though Newark Mayor Cory Booker is expected to win the New Jersey Democratic primary next Tuesday and capture the seat in an October special election. That would give Democrats a 10-seat margin. Republicans would need to gain six seats to run the Senate.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE
BANNING, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters are making progress battling Southern California's latest destructive wildfire, which has burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
The so-called Silver Fire, which charred 30 square miles in three days, is 70 percent contained. The fire stopped advancing Saturday as firefighters focused on extinguishing hot spots.
The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker who was overrun by the fast-moving flames on Wednesday.
At its peak, the fire forced the evacuation of 1,800 people, including 800 campers, but orders have been lifted for all evacuees.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the area Friday, freeing up additional funds and resources for the firefight and recovery.

COLORADO FLOODING
MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Crews are continuing to search for three people reported missing in the flash-flooding and mudslide that swept through the town of Manitou Springs, Colo., near Colorado Springs on Friday.
Authorities have recovered the body of 53-year-old John Collins of Teller County from debris left on a highway by the mudslide.
The slide closed the highway and flash flooding stranded vehicles in high water Friday night as about 1.3 inches of rain fell in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year.
The torrential rains swept mud, boulders and other debris from the burn scar down the highway, washing away vehicles and damaging several homes and businesses in the area.

DEADLY NJ CRASH
Police: 3 killed, 2 hurt in north NJ highway crash
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) -- Three men were killed and two others were injured when the car they were in crashed on a northern New Jersey highway.
The crash occurred about 3:50 a.m. Saturday on Route 3 East in North Bergen. It happened just before the approach to Route 495, which leads to the Lincoln Tunnel into New York City.
Authorities say all four passengers were thrown from the car after it hit a concrete pillar and rolled over several times. The men ranged in age from 19 to 31; it was not immediately known if any of them were related.
A stretch of the highway was closed for several hours because of the crash.

NYC man arrested in accident that killed child
NEW YORK (AP) -- A 33-year-old New York City man has been arrested after he allegedly mowed down a family with his car, killing a 4-year-old boy.
Police say John Sanjurjo of Staten Island was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
The child was with a 34-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl when they were struck by a Mercedes Benz around 8:25 p.m. Friday near a Staten Island deli. Police say the driver sped off after the accident.
The woman and girl weren't badly hurt, but the boy was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.
Police have identified the slain child as Kyrillos Gendy of South Amboy, N.J.
Authorities say the boy was visiting relatives at a nearby home when the accident occurred.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Police say a 13-year-old boy driving a pickup truck ran a stop sign and then cut off a city bus in Shreveport, La., causing a collision that left him and 11 others injured, some seriously.
At least two people remain hospitalized after the Friday night crash. The boy driver of the truck and 41-year-old bus driver Jenet Howell were in fair condition Saturday afternoon at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Scott Wolverton says Howell and a passenger near the front of the bus suffered head injuries. Nine others were taken to hospitals with less severe injuries.
Shreveport police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Hines says the boy will likely face juvenile charges of driving without a license, running a stop sign and reckless driving.
The bus had 24 passengers.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah beauty pageant winner is facing charges of bomb possession.
Kendra McKenzie Gill was arrested last weekend with three accomplices for what one described as a prank. Prosecutors say the 18-year-olds were taken into custody after driving around neighborhoods and allegedly tossing plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew.
Nobody was injured.
Prosecutors say there's not "clear reason for their behavior," but what they possessed were explosives that "had the potential to cause a great deal of harm."
Felony bomb possession is punishable by 1 to 15 years in prison.
Gill was crowned Miss Riverton, topping a slate of nine beauty contestants earlier this summer in the Salt Lake City suburb. She showed off years of piano training with a Scott Joplin number and took home a $2,000 scholarship.

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES-IOWA
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is continuing his call for cutting off funding for President Barack Obama's health care law, telling conservative Christians in Iowa that congressional lawmakers can't be counted on to do it.
The Texas Republican drew a standing ovation Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, with his denouncement of the health care initiative labeled "Obamacare" by its critics.
Cruz says such support shows how the fight against the health care law can be won. He says the reaction in the Senate cloakroom would be far different and that if they depend on Washington, in his words, "it will never be done."
Cruz has been part of a push to close the government temporarily as a way of cutting off money for Obama's health care law.

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) -- Federal investigators say the pilot of a helicopter that crashed in rural northeastern Pennsylvania last month, killing all five people on board, wasn't certified to fly using only on-board instruments.
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Administration also says there was no indication that the pilot obtained a weather briefing before taking off July 27 from Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, N.Y., bound for Lehighton shortly before the crash in Wyoming County.
The report says the pilot asked air traffic controllers in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree) to direct him to the nearest airport. The pilot also reported difficulty controlling the aircraft and maintaining altitude.
Officials have said strong storms passed through the region at about the time the helicopter crashed near Noxen.
The dead included a 3-year-old child and his father.


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