A 36-year-old woman is dead, her husband hospitalized in critical condition and nine other people were hospitalized after a crash early Sunday on a San Francisco Bay Area highway involving a car driven by a man police say had been drinking and a party bus. In the 2 a.m. crash, a Honda coupe driven by 43-year-old Raul Padilla appears to have slammed into the center divider of Highway 101, then came to a stop facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. After the Honda stopped, the front end of a party bus, with 18 people on board, hit the disabled car. Two other cars were also involved in the collision. “We’re still trying to figure out who came into contact with what,” Montiel said. Continue Reading
An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in an Ohio to support his ailing great-grandson. Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump Saturday with an instructor. He says he wanted to generate attention for the plight of 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease that could require a transplant. WLWT of Cincinnati reports that Julian is hospitalized in Columbus. A fundraiser is planned for June 2. Continue Reading
A young mother in California has given birth to a 13-pound, 10-ounce baby girl. Yvette Camberos Hernandez delivered the healthy newborn, Kaelyn Hernandez, Friday through a C-section. The infant was nearly twice the size of the average newborn, setting a hospital record, according to a FOX5SanDiego.com report. News crews snapped pictures of the sleepy baby before the family took their daughter home to meet her two older siblings. Click for more from FOX5SanDiego.com. Continue Reading
The collapse of an Interstate highway bridge in northern Washington state is a wake-up call for the entire nation, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says. Investigators need to find out what happened at the I-5 span 60 miles north of Seattle and if it could be repeated at similar bridges around the country, Debbie Hersman said Saturday. “This is a really significant event and we need to learn from it, not just in Washington but around the country,” Hersman said after taking a boat ride on the Skagit River below the dramatic scene where a truck bumped against the steel framework, collapsing the bridge and sending two vehicles and three people falling into the chilly water. “At the end of the day it’s about preventing an accident like this,” she said. Her team will spend a week to 10 days looking at the bridge, talking to the truck driver whose vehicle hit it, and examining maintenance documents and previous accident reports. Continue Reading
A group of Massachusetts veterans say they are saddened by their city’s decision to cancel an annual Memorial Day parade because not enough veterans are able to march in it. CBS Boston reports the city of Beverly cancelled its parade for what is believed to be the first time since the Civil War because of low turnout at previous parades. Many of the older veterans in the town say they can no longer march due to physical ailments. “Most of us, like myself, either have some knee issues or foot issues or whatever,” Jerry Guilebbe, the city’s Director of Veterans’ Services, tells CBS Boston. Additionally, Guilebbe says many of the town’s younger veterans are unavailable. Continue Reading
Fed up with gun violence, authorities in New Haven decided to try a radically different approach to the traditional crackdown. Reputed gang members were called in to a room in the basement of City Hall, where they met not only police but also clergy, social service providers and a mother of a murder victim. Authorities who conducted months of research showed them organization charts documenting their gang affiliation. And then they received a warning and an offer of help to get them to change their ways. “You’re told that you’re going to be given a lot of love and respect in this room, and this community cherishes you, but with one voice we say no more violence,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman. Continue Reading
The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945. Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity. Yet, among all the monuments and statutes along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition. A grassroots effort is brewing among tribes across the country to change that, while Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii has introduced legislation that would clear the way for the National Museum of the American Indian to begin raising private funds for a memorial. Continue Reading
A corroding memorial on the shoreline of Waikiki is forcing Hawaii residents to grapple with the question of how to honor soldiers when monuments decay. The salt water pool was built to honor soldiers who served in World War I. Decades later, the memorial is closed and crumbling. Hawaii state and local officials recently announced a plan to tear down the structure and replace it with a beach. But historic preservation activists are fighting to protect it. Similar debates have played out across the nation with varying results. Continue Reading
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An elected official in eastern Iowa is the recipient of a White House honor given to openly gay, lesbian and transgendered public officials.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Johnson County Recorder Kim Painter was one of 10 openly LGBT public officials from across the country to receive the White House’s Champion of Change honor Wednesday. The awards are given on the birthday of Harvey Milk, who became one of the first openly gay people to serve in elected office when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Painter has been openly gay since she first ran for county recorder 15 years ago, winning the 1998 general election by 52 percent. She’s won re-election since by wide margins. Continue Reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.
Obama plans to meet with affected families and thank first responders during a visit Sunday to Moore, Okla. The White House says Obama wants a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon. The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City. Obama offered prayers for the people of Oklahoma from the White House in recent days. Continue Reading