US News: 2 Killed in Amish Buggy Crash; Alaskan Crash; Wind Project Stalled; "Trust Us" - I Don't Think So

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2 in horse-drawn Amish buggy killed in Pa. crash... Villagers rush to aid rural Alaska crash survivors... Trinity network: Televangelist Paul Crouch dies... Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales... White House: On track for health care website goal... Pioneering offshore wind project faces deadlines... You can trust us on this, but you probably won

It's a matter of trust - more likely, a matter of distrust

AMISH BUGGY FATAL
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities say a vehicle crashed into a horse-drawn Amish buggy in western Pennsylvania, killing two people in the buggy and injuring a third.
Lawrence County emergency dispatchers say the accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on a Mercer County road, about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Lawrence County rescuers were called to assist.
Officials said the injured person in the buggy suffered serious injuries and was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. A hospital spokeswoman said the man's condition was still being evaluated Saturday night and she did not have an update.
Pennsylvania State Police were investigating. They didn't release any further details.

ALASKA PLANE CRASH
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A passenger on a crashed airplane in rural Alaska unsuccessfully tried to revive her baby and then walked nearly a mile to lead searchers to the wreckage near the village of Saint Marys.
Village Police Officer Fred Lamont Jr. says Melanie Coffee of Mountain Village acted heroically following the crash Friday night that killed four, including her son.
The Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 with a pilot and nine passengers crashed at around 6:30 p.m.
Lamont says Saint Marys responders received word of the crash when Coffee called a village health aide seeking help in resuscitating her infant, who authorities said was 5 months old.
Lamont says Coffee considered starting a fire to attracted searchers but finally just walked to lights near the community landfill, where she met searchers.

OBIT-PAUL CROUCH
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Crouch, who built what has been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.
Trinity Broadcasting Network reported Saturday that Crouch died after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.
A message was left for Crouch's grandson Brandon, who wrote about Crouch's death on his Twitter page.
Crouch and his wife Jan founded the network in 1973 and grew it into an international Christian empire that beams prosperity gospel programming to every continent but Antarctica around the clock. The programming promises that if the faithful sacrifice for their belief, God will reward them with material wealth.
Based in Costa Mesa, Calif., the network says it has 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates as well as a Christian amusement park in Orlando.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING
(AP) -- Thanksgiving Day is eating into Black Friday shopping.
Shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores in the U.S. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that's typically the busiest shopping day of the year. That's a 13.2 percent drop from a year ago, according to data released Saturday afternoon by retail research firm ShopperTrak. However, combined spending over Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose 2.3 percent.
A few retailers opened stores on Thanksgiving for the last few years. This year, at least a dozen major retailers did so, with some opening earlier in the day. That led some analysts to question whether the Thanksgiving openings would take away sales on Black Friday.
Online sales on Thanksgiving Day also rose, climbing 19.7 percent compared with a year ago, according to IBM Benchmark data.

HEALTH OVERHAUL
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it will meet its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled health care website so that 50,000 people can log in at the same time starting late Saturday. Yet questions remain about the stability of the site, the volume of traffic it can handle and the quality of the data it is delivering to insurers.
Round-the-clock repair work since HealthCare.gov went live on Oct. 1 has produced fewer errors, and pages are loading faster.
But the revised site still won't be able to do everything the administration originally had envisioned. And companion websites for small businesses and Spanish speakers have been delayed.
Still, the White House hopes a more smoothly functioning website after weeks of bad publicity will mark a fresh start for Obama.

BOSTON (AP) -- As it seeks investors, the Cape Wind offshore wind farm faces fast-approaching benchmarks that it must meet or risk missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in critical funding for the oft-delayed project.
To qualify for a tax credit that would cover a major portion of its capital costs, the wind farm off the Massachusetts coast must begin construction by Dec. 31 or prove it's incurred tens of millions of dollars in costs by then.
Also, a $200 million investment from a Danish pension fund is conditioned on whether developers can finance the rest of the $2.6 billion project by year's end.
Cape Wind isn't discussing progress on construction, the tax credit or financing. But spokesman Mark Rodgers said the project remains on track and will be built.

You can trust us on this. Americans are a mistrustful bunch.
When you give your credit card to a cashier, do you worry that might be misused? If so, you're not alone. Two-thirds of Americans in an Associated Press-GfK poll say they have little confidence in the people who swipe their card.
More than half don't have much trust in the people who come into their homes to do work.
About 3 out of 5 lack confidence in people with whom they've shared information on social media. Fifty percent have little trust in the people who prepare their food when they eat out.
But the people Americans trust the least are in Washington.
Only 2 percent say they trust the government to do what's right nearly all of the time.


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