US News: Oldest US Citizen Dies at 114

By: AP
By: AP
SC woman, oldest living US citizen, dies at 114... NY boy with cancer moves home after superstorm... New congresswoman and veteran says Hinduism motivates her public service... No rush by women in military to join infantry... Icelandic airline restrains man on flight to NYC... Trial set for Christmas tree-lighting bomb plot

Mamie Rearden, 114 from South Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA / GEORGIA - A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen has died.
Two daughters say Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, who held the title as the oldest person in the country for about two weeks, died Wednesday at a hospital in Georgia.
Sara Rearden of Burtonsville, Md., said Saturday that her mother broke her hip after a fall about three weeks ago.
Robert Young of the Gerontology Research Group said Mamie Rearden's September 1898 birth was recorded in the 1900 U.S. Census. The group, which verifies age information for Guinness World Records, listed Rearden as the oldest living U.S. citizen after last month's passing of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa.
Rearden was more than a year younger than the world's oldest person, 115-year-old Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) -- A cancer-stricken little boy whose family was displaced by Superstorm Sandy is back in his Long Island, N.Y., home after it was rebuilt by volunteers.
The house in Amityville now has a new, extra bedroom so 6-year-old Steven Heckman doesn't have to share space with two sisters while undergoing chemotherapy.
His tearful mother, Danielle Heckman, says she was so excited she was hyperventilating as the family moved in today.
A wall in Steven's new bedroom was painted with his favorite character -- Indiana Jones.
The boy was diagnosed with leukemia last summer.
Then came the storm, flooding the family's home and forcing them to move in with Steven's grandmother.
The boy's mother says all she wants to do now is tuck her kids into bed -- at their rebuilt home.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first Hindu elected to Congress says her faith motivates her public service.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat, was sworn in Thursday with the rest of the 113th Congress and took her oath on the Hindu Scripture, Bhagavad Gita (bah-gah-VAHD' GEE'-tah), instead of a Bible.
In an interview last Friday at Hawaii's Big Island News Center, Gabbard said her Hinduism involves the practice of karma yoga, which she says is "about striving in everything you do every day to be of service to others."
The 31-year-old Gabbard said that also motivated her military service, which included tours in Iraq and Kuwait.
But Gabbard said she doesn't believe government should impose some people's "so-called morality" on others' private lives.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops -- the country's front-line warfighters -- how many women will want to?
The answer is probably not many.
Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they'd be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs.
The Marines asked women last year to go through its infantry officer training to see how they'd fare. Only two volunteered and both didn't complete the fall course. None has volunteered for the next course this month. The failure rate for men is roughly 25 percent.
For the record, plenty of men don't want to be in the infantry either.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Icelandair says it had to restrain an unruly passenger on a flight from Reykjavik (RAY'-kyuh-vik) to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.
Thursday's flight was gaining attention after a photograph circulated online purporting to show the passenger tied to his seat with tape and plastic restraints.
The man who posted the picture, Andy Ellwood, says it was taken by a friend on the flight.
Icelandair spokesman Gudjon Arngrimsson said passengers and crew restrained the man after his behavior became threatening. He says he couldn't validate the photo's authenticity, but says airlines commonly carry plastic handcuffs and tape to restrain potentially dangerous passengers.
The airline says police took the man off the plane after it landed at Kennedy Airport.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The trial of a man accused of attempting to detonate an 1,800-pound bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony begins this week.
Mohamed Mohamud is accused of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in November 2010. The bomb was a fake provided by law enforcement.
His defense says they will argue Mohamud was entrapped by the FBI. The 21-year-old Mohamud is one of the youngest defendants ensnared by the Justice Department's terror stings. The operations and the FBI's informant network were ramped up after Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mohamud's attorneys say his youth made him a vulnerable target.
Prosecutors argue that Mohamud was predisposed to committing terrorism before the operation began. They say Mohamud was offered the option of peaceful resistance, but chose a path of violence.


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