View Mobile Site

Nation news briefs

Text Size: Small Large Medium
POSTED August 16, 2013 8:56 p.m.

STUDENTS BUNK AT WATER PARK AMID HOUSING SQUEEZE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio university short on housing says some students will start the school year in temporary, off-campus living quarters with an unusual perk: free access to water slides.

Capital University says Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park and Resort will serve as a temporary dormitory for about 30 students until more rooms become available at the Columbus school.

School spokeswoman Nichole Johnson said that Capital had high enrollment and demand for on-campus rooms, causing the student housing squeeze. Johnson says officials decided the water park hotel was a better solution than adding beds to existing rooms or converting storage spaces into dormitory areas.

The university plans to offer the students a shuttle for the 5-mile trip to class from the water park.

PARTYING TEENS TRAPPED IN NY WALK-IN VAULT: FALCONER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say four teenagers were apparently partying in a former law office in western New York when they got trapped for several hours in a walk-in vault.

Police say they received a call around 1 a.m. Friday from a person reporting that four people were stuck inside the vault in the village of Falconer, 60 miles south of Buffalo.

Rescue crews and a locksmith went to the building. The locksmith freed the teens, ages 18 and 19, after about four hours. Police say all four were checked out at a hospital.

Officials say the teens had permission to be inside the building. Authorities say they found a large quantity of alcohol and some marijuana on the premises, and charges are pending against the four.

OBAMA SAYS HE'S HAVING A 'GREAT TIME' ON VACATION: WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's having a "great time as always" on vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late morning bike ride Friday through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury.

The president made the comment during a brief portion of the ride that the White House allowed the news media to see.

In the evening, the family went to Oak Bluffs for dinner at senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's rental home overlooking Nantucket Sound.

The White House says Obama was briefed earlier in the day on the violence in Egypt by national security adviser Susan Rice, who is traveling with the president.

MOM SAYS WORM IN SON'S DRINK; MAKER INVESTIGATING: HOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman says she sucked up what appears to be a wiggling white worm when taking a sip of her son's packaged juice drink.

Emmie Field of Livingston County's Howell Township says she spit it out Sunday and saved it. She tells the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell there "wasn't enough mouthwash in the world to get the feeling out of my mouth."

Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. says it's investigating, and laboratory officials are expected to visit Field's home Friday. Kraft Foods says in a statement that it can't be sure of what was found without examining the Capri Sun drink pouch.

The drink was for Field's 18-month-old son Carter.

UPS PILOTS HAD WARNINGS MOMENTS BEFORE CRASH: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A flight recorder revealed that pilots of a UPS cargo jet that crashed short of a runway at Birmingham's airport received warnings about their rate of descent seconds before impact, investigators said Friday.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told reporters during a briefing that a recorder captured the first of two audible warnings in the cockpit 16 seconds before the sound of an impact, either with trees or the ground.

The warnings indicated the A300 cargo plane was descending at a rate outside normal parameters given its altitude, Sumwalt said, but investigators haven't made any determination on the actual cause of the crash into an Alabama hillside.

The aircraft went down less than a mile from the end of Runway 18 at Birmingham's airport before dawn Wednesday. UPS has identified the victims of the crash as Capt. Cerea Beal, Jr., 58, of Matthews, N.C., and First Officer Shanda Fanning, 37, of Lynchburg, Tenn.

JUDGE: MANNING'S ACTIONS WERE 'HEEDLESS' : FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The enormous leak of classified information engineered by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was "heedless" and "imminently dangerous to others," a military judge said Friday in a document explaining why she found him guilty of 20 counts, including six violations of the federal Espionage Act.

Army Col. Denise Lind released her legal rationale, or "special findings," as the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial neared its end. Lawyers will make closing arguments Monday, and Lind said she would announce the sentence as soon as Tuesday.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison for sending more than 700,000 military and diplomatic documents, plus some battlefield video, to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010. WikiLeaks published most of the material on its website.

Lind wrote in the 10-page document that Manning's actions were wanton and reckless.

"Pfc. Manning's conduct was of a heedless nature that made it actually and imminently dangerous to others," she wrote.

The rules for special findings require a written rationale only for guilty verdicts. Therefore, Lind provided no explanation for her decision to acquit Manning of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy. To have won a conviction on that charge, prosecutors would have had to prove that Manning knew the information he leaked would be seen by al-Qaida members.

BAD PARKING LEADS TO WANTED MAN'S ARREST IN NY: ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — State police say bad parking led to the apprehension of an upstate New York man wanted on a probation violation.

Troopers say a state police investigator spotted 23-year-old Matthew Bergeron of Richmondville on Thursday afternoon as he tried to back a vehicle into a parking space at a truck stop in Rotterdam in Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee) County.

Police say Bergeron parked crookedly, straddling two spaces, then walked away from the vehicle.

 

Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...