9 killed in crash over Hudson
NEW YORK - A sightseeing helicopter carrying five Italian tourists and a small plane collided above the Hudson River on Saturday, sending debris into the water and forcing people on New Jersey's waterfront to scamper for cover. Authorities believe all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed.
The accident, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg called 'not survivable,' happened just after noon and was seen by hundreds and maybe even thousands of people out enjoying a crystal clear summer day.
The two aircraft went down just south of the stretch of river where a US Airways jet landed safely seven months ago. But this time, there was no miracle.
Two bodies were recovered in the water, one floating free and one in the wreckage, and other bodies were spotted in the debris, the mayor said. The crash victims included five Italian tourists and a pilot on the helicopter and the three people on the plane, including a child, Bloomberg said.
Crash with band's tour bus kills two
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Christian rock band MercyMe canceled a show Saturday in the St. Louis area after its tour bus collided with a car in northeastern Indiana, killing two passengers in the car and the pregnant car driver's unborn baby.
No one in the band was injured. A news story on the crash and a photo of the damaged bus were posted on the band's Web site Saturday.
Fort Wayne police Officer Liza Thomas said witnesses told police the bus was going through a green light about 1:15 a.m. Saturday when the car made a left turn in front of it. The band from the Dallas area had been in Fort Wayne for a Friday night show at Parkview Field.
No injuries were reported on the bus, Thomas said. Two passengers in the car, a male and female, were pronounced dead. Driver Kara Klinker, 18, of Fort Wayne, was in her third trimester of pregnancy and the baby died. Klinker was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition, she said.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver still in Mass. hospital
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - John F. Kennedy's sister remains at a Massachusetts hospital with her family by her side.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver has suffered a series of strokes and was in critical condition at Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable on Saturday.
Her children and family have traveled to be with her, including her son-in-law, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He's married to Shriver's daughter, Maria Shriver.
The 88-year-old Shriver is the fifth of the nine Kennedy children. She's perhaps best known for her work to establish the Special Olympics.
That work was inspired, in part, by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.
Obese inmate hides gun in flabs of fat
HOUSTON - An obese inmate in Texas has been charged after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh.
Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility after he told a guard at the Harris County Jail about the unloaded 9mm pistol. The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs.
The 500-pound man was searched during his arrest and again at a city jail and the county jail, but officers never found the weapon in his rolls of skin. Vera admitted having the gun during a shower break at the county jail.
Charges unlikely in wrong-way crash
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - There isn't much chance the husband of Diane Schuler could face criminal charges for the fiery crash she caused while driving the wrong way on a highway, killing herself and seven others, attorneys agree.
Prosecutors would have to prove Daniel Schuler was aware his wife was intoxicated - and failed to stop her - when she packed her two children and three nieces into a minivan at an upstate campground for the ride home to Long Island. A witness who saw her there said she was sober, and state police have said she wasn't impaired an hour after she left.
Beginning with a dramatic, tear-filled press conference Thursday, Daniel Schuler, his family and attorney have argued that the 36-year-old Long Island mother was revered and trusted with children and suggested that separate medical conditions could have affected her driving before the July 26 crash on the Taconic State Parkway, about 35 miles north of New York City.