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Georgia woman's lost camera washes ashore in Taiwan

A Georgia woman has been reunited with her camera and photos after the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Hawaii washed ashore in Taiwan. Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive. Scallan tells WGCL-TV she recently got a Facebook message from a high school friend saying his wife found an article on a Hawaiian television station’s website about a lost camera. Scallan says a China Airlines employee found the camera and says all the images were still on the memory card. The airline has offered to pay for Scallan to travel to Taiwan to retrieve her camera and meet the man who found it. Continue Reading →

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Protesters march against Chicago school closures

Hundreds of teachers, parents and opponents have marched through downtown Chicago, vowing to fight a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools. Wednesday’s march came as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s insisted he’s done negotiating and the closures are a done deal. Emanuel and schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett say closures in the nation’s third-largest district are necessary because CPS faces a $1 billion budget shortfall and has too many schools that are half-empty and failing academically. The closures are expected to save $560 million over 10 years in capital costs and $43 million per year in operating costs. About 30,000 students would be affected. Continue Reading →

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Beavers play key role in Utah fuel spill recovery-efforts

Talk about unlikely heroes. A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline. The beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Continue Reading →

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Beavers help contain fuel spill, recover slowly

Talk about unlikely heroes. A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline. The beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Continue Reading →

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Police say bodies found near Florida golf course were of a mother and daughter

Police say two bodies found near a Tallahassee golf course were those of a woman who shot her young daughter and herself. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified them as 22-year-old Jenna Porter and 3-year-old Scarlett Porter. Golfers found their bodies early Tuesday evening at Hilaman Golf Course. The golfers called 911 and stayed on the scene until deputies arrived. The sheriff’s office says the mother and daughter lived in an apartment complex close to where their bodies were found. Continue Reading →

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Family remembers slain Colo. pizza delivery driver

A memorial service is being held for a Colorado pizza delivery driver who authorities believe was shot to death by the man suspected of killing the state’s prisons chief. The service for 27-year-old Nathan Leon, a married father of three, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lafayette. The Commerce City man was reported missing after leaving to make a pizza delivery March 17. Police later found his body with gunshot wounds in Golden. Denver police say they’re confident the suspect in Leon’s death is the same man who was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities last week. Continue Reading →

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Idaho boy detained after list, weapons found

Authorities have detained an Idaho junior high school student who compiled a list of students and police officers they believe he was planning to kill. Rigby Police Chief Keith Hammon says the boy’s parents called police Monday when they found the list on an electronic tablet. The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/XbTcRB ) officers found a bag of weapons at the boy’s home, including multiple knives, handguns and ammunitions. Hammon says bullying at the boy’s school, Rigby Junior High, was a factor. The parents of the students on the list have been notified, and the police officers on the list were not identified. Continue Reading →

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Outhouses pit Amish against Ohio county health department

Over the pleas of the local Amish community, a northwest Ohio health board decided to go ahead with plans to condemn two newly constructed Amish homes because they don’t have required septic systems for their outhouses. More than 100 Amish turned out Tuesday night to ask the Kenton-Hardin County Board of Health to reconsider the condemnation order, which requires that the homes be brought into compliance or the families move out. Last summer, the health board said it would start enforcing rules that any new home must have a proper well and septic system — something the simple-living, outhouse-using Amish have never had to do. Health inspectors have not forced existing Amish homes to change. Around 200 Amish families live in Hardin County. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut priest plans to plead guilty to drug charge, court papers say

A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of taking in more than $300,000 from sales of methamphetamines plans to plead guilty to one of the charges against him, according to a court filing Tuesday. Kevin Wallin is scheduled to appear in US District Court in Hartford next week for a hearing in which he would plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the filing obtained by The Associated Press. A message left with his attorney wasn’t immediately returned. Authorities say the 61-year-old Wallin had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and made more than $300,000 in drugs sales out of his Waterbury apartment in the second half of last year. He also bought a small adult video and sex toy shop in the nearby town of North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy’s Place, authorities said. Continue Reading →

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