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2 Injured after Small Plane Crash-Lands in California

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Los Angeles firefighter paramedics assist an injured passenger after his plane crashed Saturday Aug. 25, 2012 near Whiteman Airport in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles - Authorities say a small plane has crash-landed in a business district in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, striking two cars and injuring the two people on board.

Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman says the plane went down just before noon Saturday in the Pacoima area, not far from Whiteman Airport.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says one person on board was seriously hurt and the other suffered moderate injuries.

Scott says the plane went down between two buildings in a business district. Two vehicles and an awning on one building were damaged.

There was no fire, but fuel leaked from the crashed plane.

Investigators weren't immediately sure whether the plane had originated at Whiteman Airport.

Source: The Associated Press


Grizzly mauls hiker to death at Denali National Park

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A backpacker hiking inside Denali National Park was killed by a grizzly bear after a violent struggle, the park said in a statement Saturday. The death was the first fatal bear mauling inside the huge park in Alaska.

Rangers discovered the body after three day-hikers found a backpack, as well as torn clothing and blood, along the Toklat River on Friday afternoon, the park stated.

The rangers arrived at the site Friday night but were unable to immediately recover the remains due to the presence of at least one bear in the area and the approaching darkness.

All hiking in the area was banned until further notice.

The park estimates that some 12 grizzlies have been residing in the area this summer.

Besides recovering the remains, park rangers were also trying to locate the predatory bear.

Denali in June saw the tragic deaths of four Japanese climbers swept up by an avalanche on Mount McKinley.

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Rajasthan Panchayat Bans Use of Mobile by Girls

Girl with Phone
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Jaipur - After girls in a village in Uttar Pradesh were banned from using mobile phones about a month ago, now a village panchayat in Rajasthan has prohibited minor girls from carrying mobiles and has directed them to cover their heads when going out of home.

The village council has also ordered minor boys not to play music on their mobile phones.

The restrictions have been imposed in Kishorpura village near Udaipurwati town of Jhunjhunu district, some 200 km from Jaipur.

"The panchayat recently held a general meeting in which village elders expressed the view that mobile phones were spoiling girls," Kishorpura sarpanch (council head) Bimla Meena said.

Following the meeting, the elders decided to impose a ban on the use of mobile phones by minor girls from the village.

"The minor girls have been asked not to use and carry mobile phones. They have also been directed to wear proper clothes. They will have to keep their heads covered with stole. It would make them look decent," Meena added.


Police shoot man who held hostage at Lakewood credit union

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Police shot a man who showed up with a hostage and a weapon at the Washington State Employees Credit Union in Lakewood.

Police say this was a domestic situation, but it's not known if the domestic dispute was with an employee of the credit union or a customer.

Police had the opportunity to take a shot to protect the hostage. The man was shot and was taken to a local hospital.

Nobody else was hurt.

It's not known how many people were inside the credit union at 9540 Bridgeport Way SW [Lakewood, WA]. Police planned to bus them to the police department.

Heart - Black

First Man on Moon Neil Armstrong Dead at 82

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Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 and the first man on the moon, laughs during testimony before a House Science, Space and Technology committee hearing on "NASA Human Spaceflight Past, Present and Future: Where Do We Go From Here?" in Washington September 22, 2011.
Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, U.S. media reported on Saturday.

Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the moon's dusty surface, Armstrong said: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong's last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA's deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology.

He left NASA a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.

Source: Reuters


Twin Cities: Black Copters? Those Are Special Ops Training Missions

Black Helicopter
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If you hear or see low-flying black helicopters in St. Paul or Minneapolis, police are telling the public not to be alarmed -- they're part of training missions.

"It's going to be an unusual occurrence, and we don't want people to overwhelm our 911 center with concerned callers," said Sgt. William Palmer, Minneapolis police spokesman.

U.S. Special Operations Command has been in the two cities for "routine urban-environment training," both police departments said in news releases. Portions of the training include St. Paul police.

Most of the training, which has been coordinated with property owners where it's happening, will be out of public view. The training began Sunday, Aug. 19, and continues through Sept. 1.

Starting this Sunday, it may become more visible when "helicopters begin supporting the training," the releases said.

People in St. Paul and Minneapolis might see or hear military transport helicopters -- Black Hawks and smaller Hughes 500s -- between 7 p.m. and midnight.

Police aren't releasing exact training times or locations for safety reasons.


Vancouver, Washington homeowner shoots and kills intruder

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A homeowner shot and killed an intruder after the man apparently gained entry through an unsecured door and forced his way into a bedroom, deputies said.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, a Washington State Patrol Trooper was processing a suspected DUI driver half a block from the residence near the 3700 block of Northeast 54th Avenue.

The trooper saw a man stumbling down the sidewalk mumbling incoherently. While troopers were looking for the man, they got a 911 call from the homeowner about the intruder, said Sgt. Kevin Allais with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The mumbling man police were looking for matched the description of the 42-year-old intruder who was shot and killed.

Deputies did not release any names and were investigating.


Hysterical Police Wounded New York Shooting Victims

CNN Shooting
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Gunman who fatally shot former co-worker killed in gun battle with police

All nine people injured in Friday's shooting in front of the Empire State Building were wounded by police gunfire, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Saturday.

The officers unloaded a total of 16 rounds at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he shot and killed a co-worker and engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities have said.

Authorities said an investigation is under way after one officer shot nine rounds and another shot seven. Three victims suffered gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments.

Police identified the gunman as Jeffrey Johnson, 58, who was apparently laid off from his job as a designer of women's accessories at Hazan Import Co. last year.


Greek island fire ravages unique export industry

Chios fires
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A man holding a makeshift fire broom helps to contain a major forest blaze on the Greek eastern Aegean Sea island of Chios on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Hundreds of firefighters, soldiers and volunteers are struggling to tame a fire that has already burnt some 7,000 hectares of forest, cultivated land and groves of the island's famed mastic trees. Smoke from the blaze, which was swept on by gale-force winds, was carried as far as the southern island of Crete, more than 350 kilometers (230 miles) away
In response to Greece's financial crisis, villagers on the eastern island of Chios carried on with what their ancestors had been profitably doing for centuries: patiently carving lines on mastic trees.

But much of the island's trademark mastic gum industry went up in scented smoke over the past week when a wildfire ravaged the world's only mastic tree plantations during the heart of the harvest season.

As firefighters on Friday put out the last flare-ups from the six-day blaze, farmers said up to a quarter of the island's mastic groves have been wiped out.

In cash terms, producers stand to lose up to €3 million ($3.75 million) a year, because after replanting, it takes up to a decade before producers can start tapping the trees for their aromatic gum.

"Imagine that a farmer who produces mastic will now lose this economic benefit ... for the next 8 years," said Giannis Stoupakis, who recently opened a local factory to produce export-quality, mastic-flavored alcoholic drinks.

With its distinctive flavor, the gum-like resin - believed to have served in ancient times as an early form of chewing gum that was prized for its medicinal properties - is only produced by trees in certain parts of southern Chios that favor the trees' slow growth. More than half the crop is exported for use in confectionery, cooking and cosmetics.

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Apple awarded over $1bn in Samsung patent infringement trial

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Samsung have been ordered to pay Apple over $1bn in damages after a jury found it infringed patents on smartphones and tablets.
Apple has been awarded more than $1bn in damages after its rival smartphone and tablet manufacturer Samsung was found to have copied critical features of its iPhone and iPad.

The US jury stunned observers by returning a decision after just two and a half days' deliberation following four weeks of legal argument.

The jurors rejected every single one of the South Korean company's patent claims, and backed Apple's claim that Samsung had breached US antitrust laws by trying to keep its wireless patents as a monopoly.

The decision means that Apple has gained a major weapon in its fight against Samsung
, which is the biggest maker of smartphones and mobile phones in the world, and the biggest of the Android handset makers.