In Other News

May 10, 2014

In Other News, May 10

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2 bodies recovered, 1 unaccounted for after hot air balloon catches fire in Virginia

A University of Richmond women’s basketball team staff member was one of three occupants on a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia, her family said Saturday. The body of Natalie Lewis has not been found, family spokeswoman Julie Snyder told The Associated Press. The remains of the pilot and the other passenger, whom authorities haven’t identified, were found just under a mile apart in densely wooded areas. — Fox News

Drone, jetliner nearly collide in Florida

A Federal Aviation Administration official warned this week about the dangers of even small unmanned aircraft, pointing specifically to a recent close call involving a drone and a commercial airliner that could have had “catastrophic” results. The pilot said the drone appeared to be small, camouflaged, “remotely piloted” and about 2,300 feet up in the air at the time of the incident. —CNN

Alleged pitchfork robber arrested for murder

The man accused of robbing a Waffle House with a pitchfork is now accused of more serious crimes in Tennessee, according to police. Jeffrey Willard Wooten, 49, was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Knoxville after allegedly killing a man, carjacking a vehicle and leading police on a chase, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said. —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims returned to ground zero

The procession carrying three flag-draped coffins filled with the unidentified remains of some Sept. 11 victims began at a medical examiner’s office and passed by Ladder Co. 10, where firefighters paid their respects in formation. When the vehicles stopped at Ground Zero, the coffins were unloaded and placed in a special repository 70 feet underground in the same building as the museum scheduled to open May 21. The repository and the museum are separated by a wall and the remains will not be for public viewing, but some family members protested the decision to place them there. They wore black gags as they watched the procession roll by. — NPR

Texas 93-year-old ‘fired twice’

The nephew of the 93-year-old Texas woman who was shot and killed by a police officer has said his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her. On Saturday, officials in the small Central Texas town of Hearne voted Saturday to fire the police officer concerned. — The Guardian

Constant arguing ‘increases premature death risk’

Having frequent arguments with partners, friends or relatives can increase the risk of death in middle-age, say Danish researchers. Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, they said men and those not working were most vulnerable. Dealing with worries and demands from close family was also linked to a higher mortality risk, the study said. — BBC

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