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POSTED September 2, 2013 9:47 p.m.

PHILLY CABDRIVER STABBED 11 TIMES IN $205 ROBBERY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia cabdriver has been stabbed 11 times by a pair of riders who stole $205 from him.

A police spokeswoman says the 37-year-old driver pulled his taxi over to let two men out shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday south of the city's center.

He says one man stood next to the driver's window and appeared to be getting money out of his wallet but then both of them stabbed the driver and grabbed his money.

The cabbie flagged down police and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for wounds to his head, arm, chest, hand and neck.

The police spokeswoman says the wounds are superficial and the victim is in stable condition.

2 ACCUSED OF TRYING TO TAKE IVY FROM WRIGLEY: CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two men who allegedly broke into Wrigley Field to try to take ivy are facing misdemeanor charges.

Officers were called to the ballpark just before 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say the men had allegedly entered the park by going through a barred window. Security guards at the field spotted them on a surveillance camera and called police.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green said that the men allegedly wanted to take some ivy from the outfield walls.

Chicago police say both men, in their 20s, are from Pennsylvania. They were each charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

SEARCH RESUMES FOR FIREFIGHTER IN NM FOREST: JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Crews were back on the ground on Monday searching for a Forest Service firefighter who vanished in the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico on Friday while sizing up a wildfire's perimeter on an ATV.

Forest Service spokeswoman Karen Takai said 100 searchers were scouring mesas and canyons amid heavy timber, brush and grass for 41-year-old Token Adams in the area of Jemez Springs.

He failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point Friday afternoon with two other firefighters who were also riding ATVs around the 25-acre wildfire southeast of Fenton Lake. Forest Service spokesman John Helmich said the lightning-started wildfire was fully contained late Friday.

Takai says the search area initially covered about 25 square miles but has since been expanded to about 30 square miles.

Searchers include State Police, firefighters and volunteer search and rescue crews. Tracking dogs, air patrols and teams on horseback were also looking for Adams, as was a State Police helicopter equipped with an infrared camera.

Helmich said Adams, like all Forest Service firefighters, was required to have protective gear and a pack that would have included an emergency shelter, water and food.

BIRD STRIKE: SOUTHWEST JET SAFELY RETURNS TO NC: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman says a jet carrying 124 people struck a bird shortly after departing for Chicago from a North Carolina airport but safely returned without injuries.

Southwest's Whitney Eichinger told The Associated Press that its Boeing 737 reported the bird strike shortly after departure from Raleigh-Durham International Airport about 6 p.m. Monday and immediately returned.

She says the plane, with a five-person crew, shut down the affected engine before Flight 220 landed safely back at Raleigh-Durham and taxied to the gate.

"We re-accommodated all of the passengers onto other aircraft to Chicago," Eichinger said by phone from Dallas, the Texas headquarters of Southwest.

She says the jetliner, which was destined for Chicago Midway International, has since been taken out of service for inspection and any necessary repairs.

1 DEAD, 2 INJURED IN MIAMI-AREA LIGHTNING STRIKE: MIAMI (AP) — A lightning strike has killed one man and injured two others in a semi-rural area southwest of Miami.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials say the men were outdoors Monday afternoon when a major storm passed through the area. Authorities say the men tried to hide underneath a tractor-trailer truck but it was struck by lightning.

According to authorities, the energy passed through the trailer and into the men.

BEACH BOYS SOUND CHECK INTERRUPTS OHIO WEDDING: CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio couple had planned every detail of their wedding — except for the sound check of a Beach Boys concert next door during their ceremony.

A few bars of "God Only Knows" played as Mark Kent and Jaime Diadium exchanged vows next to the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland last month.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/17uYbzg) reports that when the band found out about the timing of its sound check, the newlyweds' guests were told they could attend the concert for free. Many of them wandered over for a couple of songs.

When the bride stopped by the concert, she was brought on stage for the encore and played the tambourine next to Mike Love as he sang "Fun, Fun, Fun."

POLICE: FLEEING TEXAS MAN'S BOSS GOT HIM TO STOP: HOUSTON (AP) — Texas authorities say they dialed a man's boss for assistance in persuading his employee to end a 70-mile high-speed chase.

Police say Lionel Rodriguez took off when officers stopped him for a traffic violation in Willis, 45 miles north of Houston.

They say Rodriguez fled at speeds exceeding 100 mph until he was stopped near Pearland, a southeastern Houston suburb.

Rodriguez had called the police dispatcher, told them that he was a wanted felon and that he wanted police to kill him.

The dispatcher made a three-way call with the suspect's boss who persuaded him to stop.

PAROLEE SURRENDERS IN $1,200 THEFT FROM WOMAN, 90: WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Southeastern Michigan authorities say an ex-con out on parole has surrendered as suspect in the theft of $1,200 from the purse of a 90-year-old woman at a grocery store.

Fifty-year-old Deborah Simmons was arraigned Sunday. She's being held in the Oakland County jail, which couldn't provide her lawyer's name.

Authorities say that Simmons came to a police station with her lawyer on Saturday to surrender.

Security camera images showed Simmons at a Meijer store in Waterford Township where the theft happened July 30, and tips led to her identification.

 

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