Colorado avalanche survivor buried for 4 hours with only 1 arm free

The sole survivor of an avalanche that killed five other men on the Continental Divide west of Denver was able to clear snow from his face with his unburied lower left arm so he could breathe, but he remained stuck for four hours until rescuers arrived, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said Wednesday. In its final report on the weekend accident, the center said the state’s deadliest slide since 1962 was large enough to bury or destroy a car. Of the men who died in the 800-foot-wide, 600-foot-long avalanche Saturday morning, one was buried under 10 to 12 feet of snow. The avalanche was tragic but avoidable, the center said. The center’s final report offered new details on the avalanche that occurred as snowboarders and skiers converged near Loveland Pass for the Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering. Continue Reading

2 teens charged with murder in Mo. cabin deaths

Two teenagers are accused of escaping from a juvenile rehabilitation camp then fatally beating and stabbing an elderly couple at a vacation cabin in southwest Missouri. Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zarro of Spring, Texas, and 16-year-old Christopher Allen, of Nashville, Tenn., are charged with first-degree murder in the January killing of 70-year-old Paul Brian Brooks and his 69-year-old wife, Margaret. The Brooks, of Baldwin, Mich., were staying in a vacation cabin near Lampe, 50 miles south of Springfield, when they were killed. Circuit Court Judge Alan Blankenship ruled Tuesday that the boys will be tried as adults. The Springfield News-Leader reports ( ) that Blankenship doubted the teens could be rehabilitated. Continue Reading

5 reportedly dead, 1 in custody, in Manchester, Illinois, shooting

Five people were reportedly killed in a shooting in Manchester, Ill., Wednesday morning prompting the closure of three area schools, reports. WLDS, a radio station in the area, reports that the suspect attempted to run from the scene, got into a high-speed chase with police and shots were fired while the suspect was taken into custody. One person was injured in the shooting, but the injuries remain unclear. The suspect, the station reports, is in custody. Police told that they do not believe another suspect is at large. Continue Reading

Police: It's possible body is missing RI student

The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office is trying to determine whether a body found in Providence is a Brown University student who went missing last month. City police say members of the Brown crew team found the body Tuesday afternoon in the water off India Point Park. Authorities say the man appeared to be in his 20s. They say it’s possible he may be 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi, the Brown student who disappeared March 15. Relatives of the Bryn Mawr, Pa., man have been searching for him. Continue Reading

Florida girl, 2, who lost limbs in lawn mower accident suffers setback

The 2-year-old Florida girl who lost part of both legs in a lawn mower accident earlier this month suffered a setback after her parents say the skin grafts on her right infected, reported. Ireland Nugent had been recovering as planned, but the discovery demanded an unexpected surgery Tuesday and more surgeries in the coming weeks. “With this set back, it will keep her in the hospital for several more days,” the family said in a Facebook update, according to “While this is minor, we are all disappointed, but we remain focused on the incredible news that she is receiving is fantastic care from her doctors and that all of you continue to lift her in your prayers.” A family spokesman told the Tampa Bay Times that the further surgeries are a ‘minor setback.’ Continue Reading

Calf. judge says combat school must name trainees

A federal judge in California has ordered the government to disclose the names of Latin American military leaders who attended a Defense Department facility where protesters say the U.S. has trained notorious human rights abusers. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) one of the graduates of the Fort Benning, Ga., installation was Roberto d’Aubuisson, a Salvadoran politician accused by opponents of promoting death squads. The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation provides training in combat and counterinsurgency techniques. It was formerly the School of the Americas. The Chronicle says disclosure was ended during the George W. Bush administration. Continue Reading

Newtown Voters Reject Added Security Budget for Schools

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.  

Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday. Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year. Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown’s seven schools. Continue Reading

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Marathon Bombing Probe Ongoing; U-S Agents in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A team of U.S. investigators is speaking with the parents of the two Boston bombing suspects in southern Russia.  

A U.S. Embassy official said the Americans traveled from Moscow to the predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan “because the investigation is ongoing, it’s not over.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Wednesday that the team is working with the Russian security services, the FSB. The mother of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being interviewed Wednesday in the FSB building in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The official said one positive development from the Boston tragedy might be closer cooperation with the Russian government on security issues. Continue Reading