5 workers found dead after fire at hydroelectric plant
GEORGETOWN, Colo. - Five workers trapped at least 1,500 feet underground survived an initial chemical fire at a hydroelectric plant but died before emergency workers could rescue them.
Investigators were trying to determine how they died, and the county coroner's office was working Wednesday to identify the workers and remove their bodies.
Crews who entered from the bottom of the sloping tunnel to put out the fire discovered the bodies late Tuesday, Clear Creek County undersheriff Stu Nay said.
They were among a group of nine contract maintenance workers in the tunnel when a machine used to coat the inside of the 12-foot-wide pipe with epoxy caught fire, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Ethnie Groves said.
Street buckles in San Diego, creating 50-yard-long hole
SAN DIEGO - A sinkhole buckled a four-lane road Wednesday in a hilly upscale neighborhood, destroying one home and damaging five others. No injuries were reported.
Power lines fell, and 20 homes were evacuated - 10 on a hilltop and 10 on a street below, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Seven people were inside the homes that were evacuated.
The collapse shortly before 9 a.m. left a ravine of crumpled pavement. Orange traffic cones and sections of big concrete pipes sat in the fissure slashing across the wide boulevard.
The sinkhole in the La Jolla neighborhood of million-dollar homes cut a cone shape and was about 50 yards long and 15 feet deep, said Robert Hawk, a city engineering geologist. Six homes were damaged or destroyed and two others were in danger, but the problems appeared to be contained, he said.
Bush vetoes child health insurance bill
WASHINGTON - President Bush cast a quiet veto Wednesday against a politically attractive expansion of children's health insurance, triggering a struggle with the Democratic-controlled Congress certain to reverberate into the 2008 elections.
Republican leaders expressed confidence they have enough votes to make the veto stick in the House, and not a single senior Democrat disputed them. A two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress is required to override a veto.
Bush vetoed the bill in private, absent the television cameras and other media coverage that normally attend even routine presidential actions. The measure called for adding an estimated 4 million mostly lower-income children to a program that covers 6.6 million. Funds for the expansion would come from higher tobacco taxes, including a 61-cent increase on a pack of cigarettes.
Man accused of assaulting teen in Conn. charged with '98 kidnapping
HARTFORD, Conn. - A man accused of kidnapping a teenager who was found hidden in his home in June was charged Wednesday with kidnapping another girl almost a decade ago.
Adam Gault, 41, was arraigned on the new first-degree kidnapping charge, and the judge added $100,000 to his $2.25 million bond. Gault did not enter a plea but was ordered to return to court Oct. 25.
The kidnapping is alleged to have occurred in 1998. All documents related to it are sealed, and prosecutors did not provide details during Gault's brief court appearance.
Man convicted of reckless homicide in dragging death
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A man was cleared of murder but convicted of reckless homicide Wednesday for the death of a man who was dragged several blocks by a car and flung against a utility wire.
Thomas Sewastynowicz, 50, faces up to five years in prison for causing the death of Anthony Graham in March 2006. The defense argued that Graham was trying to rob Sewastynowicz and he drove away in self-defense.
Graham died after his body struck a support wire on a utility pole when the car dragging him screeched to a stop. Sewastynowicz left the scene but went to police the next morning, saying he didn't know that Graham had been killed.
Cabbies set second strike over GPS, credit card demands
NEW YORK - A New York City cabbies' group plans to stage another strike later this month to protest a new rule requiring taxi drivers to install global positioning systems and credit card machines in their cars.
The 24-hour walkout by the Taxi Workers Alliance will begin at 5 a.m. Oct. 22 and will include a lunchtime demonstration outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission in Lower Manhattan, said its executive director, Bhairavi Desai.
Lawyer says guards, nurse responsible for boy's death
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Seven former juvenile boot camp guards and a nurse were responsible for a teenager's death because they repeatedly hit him and failed to get him help, a prosecutor said Wednesday as their manslaughter trial began.
Prosecutor Pam Bondi described a video of the guards striking Martin Lee Anderson with their fists and knees at the military-style boot camp in January 2006, as the 14-year-old lay limp for most of the time and the nurse watched.
She also said the guards held their hands over the boy's mouth and shoved ammonia capsules up his nose.
Sheriff: 13-year-old beat, killed brother over dessert
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 13-year-old boy allegedly choked and battered his 8-year-old brother to death because he ate a dessert, authorities said Tuesday.
Demetrius Key was arrested on charges of felony first-degree murder. The boys' mother told police she was visiting a cousin nearby, leaving him in charge of Levares Key and other younger siblings Saturday.