US News: Powerful Storm Blames for 8 Dead - Moves East; Willie Nelson Band Hurt

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By: ap
 Powerful storm system blasts US West; 8 killed... Concerts postponed after Willie Nelson band members hurt in Texas wreck...  1 charged with hate crime after man, 24, punched... NTSB: Small plane might have broken up in flight... Upstate NY Marine who guarded FDR dies at 93... JFK

Willie Nelson was not hurt in the bus accident, but several band members were injured.

WESTERN STORMS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A powerful storm system that's responsible for hundreds of accidents across the West is marching eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.
The severe weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories in New Mexico and Texas.
Forecasters say the storm now in the Southwest will sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers.
In New Mexico, authorities and residents are bracing for the second hit of a one-two punch that has already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.
Three other storm-related deaths are reported in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.
In California, three deaths have been linked to the storm system since Thursday.
In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the southern part of the state.

NELSON-BUS ACCIDENT
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) -- Singer Willie Nelson has suspended performances until December after three of his band members were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says Nelson was not aboard in the weather-related accident around 3:30 a.m. CST Saturday on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, 75 miles northeast of Dallas.
Nelson spokeswoman Elaine Schock says Paul English broke his ankle, his brother Billy English suffered a bruised hip and Tom Harkin has a cracked or bruised rib.
Nelson has postponed his four remaining November tour dates: Robinsonville and Jackson, Miss.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Lafayette, La.
Trooper Sylvia Jennings says seven people were on the westbound bus, including the driver who was dealing with wet roads and high winds.

KNOCKOUT GAME-NYC
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say one man was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime after a 24-year-old says he was punched in the face.
Police on Saturday are investigating whether it was a game called "knockout." The object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch. The man says he overheard a group talking about the game before he was hit.
Police say the victim told them he was walking in Brooklyn around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.
A 28-year-old man was arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime because the victim is Jewish. Three others taken into custody were released.
Police are investigating similar recent incidents, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) -- Investigators say a small plane that crashed in western Colorado's Delta County, killing the pilot, may have broken up while still in flight.
The Cessna 210 turboprop crashed Tuesday near a Cedaredge home, missing it by about 50 yards. The name of the pilot has not been released.
Dave Bowling with the National Transportation Safety Board tells the Montrose Daily Press that when the plane was found, it was missing its left wing and part of its tail. The tail was found about a mile from the crash site. The wing was found about 1.5 miles away.
Bowling says "when we find things like that, it's pretty much an indicator that the airplane broke up in flight, probably in a very violent descent."
Cedaredge is 30 miles southeast of Grand Junction.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Dante J. Orsini Sr., a former Marine who guarded President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his "Day of Infamy" speech after the Pearl Harbor attack, has died at age 93.
The Scott & Barbieri Family Funeral Homes said Orsini died Wednesday at a hospital near his home in South Glens Falls. A cause of death wasn't released.
Orsini enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940 and was assigned to the White House security detail guarding FDR. He was among the Marines inside the House of Representatives on Dec. 8, 1941, when the president delivered his speech before a joint session of Congress a day after the Japanese attack on Hawaii.
Orsini later served in the Pacific at Guam, Okinawa and China.
His funeral and burial are Monday in South Glens Falls.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A nursing home fire that killed 63 people in Ohio 50 years ago is largely forgotten -- and went barely noticed at the time -- because it came just hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Many of those who died at the Golden Age Nursing Home outside the northern Ohio village of Fitchville were restrained to their beds or trapped behind wheelchairs too wide for the exits.
It remains one of the worst nursing home fires in U.S. history. Investigators blamed faulty wiring and found that the nursing home didn't have an evacuation plan.
The fire and a string of other nursing home fires in the 1960s brought about better federal and state oversight and safety regulations for nursing homes.

SIRHAN SIRHAN MOVED
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassin was moved to a new prison in California on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy.
A state corrections official says Sirhan Sirhan was transferred Friday from Corcoran state prison in central California to Richard J. Donovan prison in San Diego.
Corrections spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman tells U-T San Diego that the transfer was routine and the date "an unfortunate coincidence."
Sirhan, who's 69, is serving a life sentence for shooting Robert Kennedy in 1968 in Los Angeles.


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