A military burial is scheduled in eastern Pennsylvania for a World War II soldier whose remains were recovered after more than 65 years. The Express-Times reports William Yawney was a 23-year-old Army private when he was killed on Saipan in July 1944, as Allied forces were trying to secure the island. The family initially received a letter saying he had been buried at a military cemetery in Saipan, but the Department of Defense later said no grave for Yawney was found. The department said an archaeological company working in Saipan uncovered remains in 2011 that were confirmed to be Yawney’s. Now, the family has scheduled a full military burial for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Continue Reading
Authorities are set to release more than 300 photos on Tuesday that investigators took in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department says many photos show the parking lot of the shopping center where the shooting took place in January 2011. The photos also include images of the handgun and high-capacity pistol magazine used by Jared Lee Loughner to carry out the attack. The release also will contain other routine photos that were part of the investigation as authorities gathered up evidence at the scene. It will not, however, include any gruesome crime scene images of victims that are being shielded from the public out of respect to those who were injured and killed in the attack. Continue Reading
A Minnesota teen who penned the heartbreaking song “Clouds” after learning he had terminal bone cancer, reaching millions around the globe after his performance went viral on YouTube, has died. “Maybe someday I’ll see you again,” Zach Sobiech sang in a performance initially recorded on his cellphone, then recorded in a studio with professional musicians. “We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.” A CD and digital downloads of the song, released in December, has raised more than $100,000, with proceeds going to fund research into osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. More than 3 million people have viewed his performance on YouTube. Continue Reading
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — It’s been a long night in the tornado-blasted suburbs of Oklahoma City and residents are bracing for a long day as well, digging through the rubble and hoping not to add to a death toll that’s at least 51. Overnight, spotlights illuminated massive piles of shredded cinder block, insulation and metal as crews did their grim work. Scores of blocks that used to be neighborhoods have been flattened. Continue Reading
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More severe weather is in the forecast for parts of the central United States already reeling from powerful tornadoes this week.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says golf ball-sized hail, powerful winds and isolated, strong tornadoes could strike areas of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma today. The area at risk does not include Moore, Okla., where dozens of people were killed in a monstrous tornado Monday. Forecasters say the greatest risk for severe weather today includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Continue Reading
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A coroner says the five people killed and six hospitalized after a van careened off of a southern Illinois freeway were men returning from a California religious event.
Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen tells The Associated Press he’s trying to contact relatives of the five men who died at the scene of the wreck Monday morning on Interstate 70 about 70 miles east of St. Louis. Their names weren’t released. Continue Reading
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Two toddlers have survived falling about 15 feet from an apartment building in Storm Lake.
Storm Lake Police announced Monday that the children, ages 2 and 4, pressed against a window screen in their apartment unit on the second floor and fell. The Sioux City Journal reports the children were treated and released from Buena Vista Regional Medical Center after the Friday afternoon incident. No criminal charges have been filed. Continue Reading
A Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents accused him of lying about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker wants to be released on bond. Thirty-three-year-old Hussain Al Khawahir (HOO’-sayn ahl chah-WAH’-heer), was arrested May 11, charged with giving false statements to federal agents and possessing an altered passport. Federal defender James C. Howarth asked a Detroit federal judge Monday to set bond for Al Khawahir, who initially didn’t seek release. Howarth says his client didn’t know pressure cookers were used in the Boston Marathon attack and was bringing it for a nephew. The lawyer says his client contacted Saudi diplomats after the arrest and his government “pledged its support.” Continue Reading
Monday’s powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999. The National Weather Service estimated that the storm that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday had wind speeds of up to 200 mph, and was at least a half-mile wide. The 1999 storm had winds clocked at 300 mph, according to the weather service website. Kelsey Angle, a weather service meteorologist in Kansas City, Mo., said it’s unusual for two such powerful tornadoes to track roughly the same path. The weather service has tentatively classified the Moore twister’s wind speeds as an EF-4 on a 5-point scale. Continue Reading