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POSTED December 10, 2013 9:55 p.m.

MAN TRAPPED IN CLOTHING COLLECTION BIN DIES: BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man apparently searching for warm clothes or a place to sleep got trapped in a clothing collection bin and died.

Police found 50-year-old Joseph Hanshaw dangling late Monday from the clothing box outside the Salvation Army Church in Bridgeton.

Hanshaw was trapped by the hinged door. It took firefighters several minutes to dismantle the door and free Hanshaw.

He was pronounced dead at a medical facility.

AIR FORCE: BIRD STRIKE CAUSED WRECK OF $8M JET: WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators have confirmed that a bird strike caused an $8 million jet to crash in Texas during a training flight in July.

Two pilots suffered minor injuries when they ejected from the T-38 Talon before it plummeted to the ground south of Sheppard Air Force Base and burst into flames.

Maj. Christopher Thompson was instructing a member of the German Air Force at the time. They were part of the base's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. The program trains students from nine NATO countries.

Sheppard officials said Tuesday the bird struck the jet's canopy, shattering it and sending fragments into an engine that then failed.

The incident was compounded by the pilots' attempts to execute a turn that increased drag. The jet lost airspeed, then stalled.

 OFFICIALS: LASER HITS 2 PILOTS, LAND JET SAFELY: WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Florida say two pilots who were hit with a green laser were able to land the JetBlue plane safely.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office statement says the pilots on flight 521 from LaGuardia to West Palm Beach had the laser pointed at them on Monday night. They were about five miles from the Palm Beach International Airport.

According to the statement, the pilot said he believed he was being tracked because the person using the laser made repeated sweeping movements with the light across the aircraft. The pilot also said he had to shield his eyes to land.

VIDEO CAPTURES SPEEDING DRIVER BEFORE OHIO CRASH: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dash camera video recorded by two Ohio troopers and released Tuesday shows a car racing past at high speed, followed by the aftermath of a fiery two-car crash that killed a Toledo couple on Thanksgiving.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol video also shows the difficulty troopers had in catching up to the speeding car.

One video shows the car speeding past a trooper on the right and disappearing in the distance. A second video shows a trooper alerted to the speeding vehicle about to turn around on the Ohio Turnpike when a car speeds past. The trooper tries unsuccessfully to catch the car, and about 10 minutes later comes across a crash scene with cars on fire.

The trooper rushes to the crash with a fire extinguisher, yelling to bystanders to see if anyone is in the car. A man is heard telling the trooper the car passed him going "about 150 mph."

The driver, a 24-year-old Kent man, was charged with vehicular homicide.

TEXAS WOMAN ADMITS TO SENDING RICIN TO OBAMA: DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.

Shannon Guess Richardson entered her plea in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.

Richardson was arrested in June after authorities said she tried to implicate her estranged husband, Nathan Richardson, after he had filed for divorce. Prosecutors say Shannon Richardson mailed three letters from New Boston, outside Texarkana, then went to police and claimed that her husband had done it.

INDICTMENT DETAILS ALLEGED ABUSE OF HANDCUFFED BOY: MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina couple has been indicted after an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken tied to his neck last month.

Monday's indictment against Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Harper of Union County spells out some abuse that investigators say occurred in their home from August to November. The couple had guardianship of the boy.

Larson was a supervisor with the local Department of Social Services. Harper was an emergency room nurse. Both were fired.

The indictment says the boy also had been chained to a piece of railroad track in his room and broke his wrist trying to escape.

The indictment accuses Harper of cutting the boy's face with a knife and using an electric wire to burn his face.

BROTHER: BRIDE LIED REPEATEDLY ABOUT MAN'S DEATH: MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The teenage brother of a Montana woman on trial for murder in the death of her new husband broke down Tuesday on the witness stand as he described his anger over her lies about what happened.

Michael Rutledge, 16, of Kalispell, testified that he was angry with defendant Jordan Graham because she had lied again and again about the disappearance of Cody Johnson.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Graham deliberately pushed Johnson from a cliff in Glacier National Park as they argued about their days-old marriage. She initially told investigators she hadn't heard from her husband since he drove off with friends.

"She could have told us the truth," Rutledge testified, sobbing. "She told one lie, was asked to tell the truth, and she said it again. And she had to keep adding more lies to cover it up. And that's maybe why I was mad."

The testimony came on the second day of trial for Graham, as prosecutors dissected her actions from the time her husband went missing July 7 until his body was found July 11 in the national park.

 

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