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Number of missing from mudslide drops to 30... Magnitude-4.1 aftershock shakes Los Angeles area...  Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill... Marathon bombing suspect seeks to point finger at dead brother... Police fire pepper spray at students after March Madness game... Humane Slaughter of Chickens... Dead Porcupine Gives Life...

A search and rescue worker carrying a probe wades through water covering Washington Highway 530 Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday near Darrington, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool)

WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say the number of missing from the deadly Washington state landslide has plummeted to 30 after many people were found safe.
Officials previously set the number of missing people at 90, but they had said they expected that figure to drop dramatically as they worked to find people and cross-referenced a list that included partial reports and duplicates.
The confirmed death toll has risen to 18, Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, said at a Saturday evening briefing.
The massive landslide struck the small community of Oso, north of Seattle, on March 22.

CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Parts of Southern California where a moderate earthquake occurred yesterday are being rattled by more than 100 aftershocks, the largest of them struck this afternoon.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.1 aftershock hit shortly after 2:30 p.m.
A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered 25 miles south of Los Angeles struck Friday night, cracking foundations and causing evacuations. It was preceded by two smaller foreshocks.
Police in Fullerton say 20 apartment units and half a dozen homes were red-tagged because of damage, displacing 83 people.
No injuries have been reported in Orange County but business owners have been sweeping up shattered glass and restocking shelves. Utility crews are working to restore power and shut off gas leaks and water main breaks.

WHITING, Ind. (AP) -- High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday's poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery's oil spill. That work is expected to resume Sunday.
Crews were scheduled to remove oil-covered pebbles Saturday along the lake some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago where a refinery malfunction discharged oil earlier this week.
BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows between 15 and 39 barrels of oil were discharged into the lake by its Whiting refinery. That's between 630 and 1,638 gallons.

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are hoping the FBI has evidence that the defense can use to show his deceased older brother was mostly responsible for the deadly attack.
His attorneys believe that convincing jurors that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the instigator could sway them to give Dzhokhar's a life sentence instead of the death penalty if he's convicted.
The lawyers asked a judge on Friday to order federal prosecutors to turn over records of FBI contact with Tamerlan, based on information that the agency asked Tamerlan to be an informant on the Chechen and Muslim communities.
The Boston FBI office has denied using the Tsarnaev brothers as sources.
The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tamerlan died in a shootout with police.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson police say they shot pepper spray at several hundred fans who took to the streets and threw beer bottles and firecrackers at officers after the University of Arizona basketball team's overtime loss in the NCAA tournament.
Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan says there were no immediate reports of injuries to fans or officers, but nine to 10 people were arrested. He says the street is secured.
He says crowds leaving bars and restaurants near campus after the game filled University Boulevard and wouldn't disperse after urging through a PA system and social media.
Dugan says flying beer bottles and firecrackers hit cruisers and endangered officers.
A witness, David Kitaeff, told The Associated Press that police were marching down University Boulevard.
Arizona lost 64-63 to Wisconsin in the West Region final Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

United Auto Workers membership grows slightly
NEW YORK (AP) -- A filing with the U.S. Department of Labor shows the United Auto Workers' membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.
UAW's membership in 2013 was 391,415, compared to 382,513 in 2012. The union has been steadily adding members since 2009, when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.
The auto industry has recovered from the bottom five years ago, but the UAW still faces many challenges.
Dues collected, which are the union's main source of income, have fallen more than 40 percent since 2006. And membership is a fraction what it was in 1979, when the UAW had 1.5 million members.
The union also failed in February to rally enough support to organize Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., even with the passive support of Volkswagen's management.

PILOT-GROPE ARREST
Off-duty pilot convicted of groping girl on flight
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An airline pilot has been convicted of two counts of abusive sexual contact for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City.
Michael Pascal was found guilty Thursday by a jury after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
The girl told investigators that she woke up from a nap on an Oct. 26 Delta Airlines flight and found Pascal's hand under her, gripping her buttocks.
The 45-year-old Pascal, who worked as a pilot for a regional airline carrier that contracts with Delta, told investigators he fell asleep with his hands in his lap and doesn't know how one ended up underneath the girl.
He'll be sentenced July 29 and could face up to five years in prison.

No criminal charges against boy, 5, in fatal fire
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania prosecutor says a 5-year-old boy who allegedly started a fire that claimed the life of a young girl near Pittsburgh cannot be charged with a crime because of his age.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. alleged Thursday that the 2-year-old girl's cousin intentionally started the March 23 fire in McKeesport.
The Tribune-Review reports that a spokesman said in a statement Friday that any child younger than 7 suspected of criminal activity is treated as a dependency case to decide if a crime was the result of abuse or neglect.
Zappala said Thursday that the boy is being evaluated by the Office of Children, Youth and Families, which may start court proceedings to remove him from his family because he has a history of starting fires.

Groups push for more humane slaughter of chickens
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve humane treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.
The Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary have petitioned the Department of Agriculture to strengthen humane treatment regulations by banning live birds from the scalding tanks.
When things go according to plan, birds are already dead by the time they're dropped into the tank, but a small percentage miss the automatic slaughtering knife and wind up dying in the tank.
The Food Safety Inspection Service stresses, however, that the number of birds who die that way represents a tiny fraction of the billions of chickens slaughtered every year.

Man does C-section on dead porcupine, saves baby
LISBON, Maine (AP) -- A Maine man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.
Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.
He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.
He tells WMTW-TV he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.
Buzzell is caring for the baby at home and plans to give it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


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