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US News: Hurricane Ingrid Heads for Mexico; No Subsidies for Union Health Plans

By: AP
By: AP

TROPICAL WEATHER
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- Two storms are threatening Mexico.
Ingrid has become the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season.
The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is centered about 195 miles east of Tuxpan Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says if the storm stays on the forecast track, it's likely to reach the coast of Mexico on Monday.
Authorities have ordered evacuations of coastal residents.
Off Mexico's Pacific coast, Tropical Storm Manuel is moving with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. It's 75 miles off the city of Lazaro Cardenas and 185 miles southeast of Manzanillo. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Acapulco to Manzanillo.
Manuel is expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca (wuh-HAH'-kah) and Guerrero, and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are considered likely.

COLORADO FLOODING
LYONS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper knows just how bad the flooding is in the Rocky Mountain foothills of his state. He took a helicopter tour of the flooded areas on Saturday.
The surge of water has now reached the plains east of the mountains, cutting off even more communities.
Meanwhile, rescuers are getting through to many of the flood-ravaged towns and are issuing a stern warning to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.
Hundreds of people still haven't been heard from in the flood zone, which has expanded to cover portions of an area nearly the size of Connecticut.
A woman is missing and presumed dead after witnesses saw floodwaters destroy her home.
Four people have been confirmed dead since the floods began Wednesday, but authorities say that number is likely to grow.
So far, the National Guard says more than 1,200 people have been evacuated over two days.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says low-income workers on union health plans aren't eligible for the same federal subsidies available to those who buy insurance in the new state health care marketplaces.
The decision is a disappointment for labor unions. It comes shortly after top union officials met for more than an hour today with President Barack Obama, to press their case that subsidies could be extended to the union-sponsored plans.
For months, labor leaders have complained that without the subsidies, the Affordable Care Act would drive up the cost of some union plans. They said that would cause employers to drop coverage, and would jeopardize health coverage for millions of union members.
The White House is citing a Treasury Department letter saying there's no legal way for union members in multi-employer group health plans to receive subsidies.
In a statement, the White House says it will work with unions and encourage them to offer their multi-employer plans "through the marketplace, on an equal footing," and create "new, high-quality affordable options for all Americans."
But the unions would have to turn their private plans into public, competitive plans open to all workers, not just union members.

FRONT YARD EXPLOSION
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police say a man standing near a fire pit at a North Carolina home has died after an explosion.
A news release from Fayetteville police says the explosion occurred Saturday night in the front yard of a home where several people were standing around a fire pit. Police weren't immediately able to elaborate on what kind of explosion happened.
They say that the man was pronounced dead at the scene, and several other people had injuries that didn't appear life-threatening.
The others injured included two men, a woman and a girl. They were taken to an area hospital.
Further details weren't immediately available.

CHILDREN KILLED
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Police say an apparently suicidal woman whose remarks sent authorities to a Southern California hotel room is the mother of two children found dead there.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna (burr-TAHN'-yuh) said Saturday night that the 42-year-old woman from Scottsdale, Ariz., has been released from a hospital and will soon be booked for investigation of two counts of murder.
Police say that earlier Saturday the woman deliberately drove her car with Georgia license plates into poles guarding an electrical box in a supermarket parking lot.
They say the woman made statements that led them to a Santa Ana hotel room where the two kids were found dead.
No names have been released, and the age and gender of the children were also being withheld while relatives are notified.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A San Francisco parks worker who ran over a woman as she lay with her baby and dog in a park says he thought he had hit something, but didn't realize it was a person until he was arrested.
An attorney for 57-year-old Thomas Burnoski told the San Francisco Chronicle his client was devastated by when he learned the mother was fatally struck.
Burnoski says in a statement that his actions caused the death of 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr, "and there is nothing I can do to bring her back." He called what happened in the Bernal Heights park "a tragic accident."
Burnoski was arrested on Sept. 5 on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to file charges in the case.

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) -- For weeks, posters and leaflets with Erica Lynn Parsons' face have been distributed in the central North Carolina community of Salisbury and beyond.
At candlelight vigils, organizers have begged anyone with information about the 15-year-old girl's whereabouts to come forward.
But no one in the community knows for sure how long Erica has been missing. When her 20-year-old brother first went to police on July 30, he said she actually had disappeared a year and a half before that.
Investigators say Erica's adoptive parents have been uncooperative about her disappearance and they have started to uncover disturbing signs of possible foul play.

CHARLOTTE POLICE-SHOOTING DEATH
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte, N.C., police say an officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
Police say the man shot had apparently been in a wreck and was seeking help by knocking on the door of a house early Saturday morning. The woman who lived there called 911.
Police say the victim charged at officers, and a taser was used before shots were fired.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said at a news conference that the officer turned himself in.

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that leveled four blocks of bars, pizza shops and ice cream stores on a Jersey shore boardwalk still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
But it may take some time before they can look into all the evidence.
That's because officials think hot spots could keep flaring up for days.
The fire raged for hours Thursday, sending fireballs into the sky over Seaside Heights and Seaside Park and reducing more than 30 businesses in the neighboring towns to charred remains.
Gov. Chris Christie cautions not to speculate about the cause.
Like other fires, it's being treated as a crime scene for now.

SIX FLAGS-WOMAN DIES
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Six Flags has reopened the Texas Giant roller coaster for the first time since a rider fell 75 feet to her death.
The ride at the North Texas amusement park opened Saturday with new precautions that included redesigned restraint bars and new seat belts. Riders also could sit in a trial seat before entering the line.
Six Flags cautioned park-goers who waited more than an hour to board that the Texas Giant might not accommodate "guests with unique body shapes or sizes."
The ride has been closed since Rosa Ayala-Goana died in July. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags.
Thousands of riders waited an hour or more Saturday to ride the twisting, wood-and-metal coaster that features a drop of 79 degrees and banked turns.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New regulations will allow New York animal lovers to spend eternity with their pets.
The Daily News reports that officials have finalized rules allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of humans.
The cemeteries can bury pet owners' ashes as long as they don't charge a fee for it and don't advertise human burial services.
New York's Division of Cemeteries put a halt to human burials at pet cemeteries in 2011 after an Associated Press story about the practice. It later relaxed the ban on a limited basis and began working on permanent rules.
Ed Martin, owner of the 117-year-old Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County, says he gets five or six requests a year from humans who want to have their ashes buried with their pets.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators say companies cannot require employees to receive their pay on debit cards, citing complaints from workers of high and unexpected fees on the cards.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a bulletin warning employers against using only so-called payroll cards to pay workers. The agency said that by law workers must be able to choose how they receive their wages. If they choose to be paid with payroll cards, they are entitled to protections such as disclosure of fees, it said.
Complaints received included fees for withdrawing cash and checking card balances.
A woman who worked at a McDonald's in northeastern Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit in June against the owners of 16 McDonald's Corp. restaurants in the area, challenging their use of payroll cards and protesting fees.


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