16-year-old stabbed on Boston bus
BOSTON - The district attorney's office said a 16-year-old boy has been fatally stabbed on a city bus in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Suffolk District Attorney's office spokesman Jake Wark said on Thursday that Devonte Dalvin-Franklin was stabbed several times about 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.
Wark said the boy is from Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.
Wind gusts noted in airport crash report
DENVER - Strong, gusty wind was blowing when an airliner veered off a runway during takeoff and caught fire at Denver International Airport, injuring 37 people on Dec. 20, according to an initial federal report.
However, the National Transportation Safety Board report says the wind - blowing at about 27 mph with gusts to nearly 37 mph - was not so strong that the pilot would not have been able to take off, The Denver Post reported Saturday.
Sen. Pell, creator of Pell Grants, dead at 90
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Claiborne Pell, the quirky blueblood who represented blue-collar Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate for 36 years and was the force behind a grant program that has helped tens of millions of Americans attend college, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 90.
Pell, a Democrat, died at his Newport home just after midnight, according to his former assistant, Jan Demers.
Woman arrested for keeping ball sues family
BLUE ASH, Ohio - An 89-year-old Cincinnati-area woman arrested for confiscating the neighbor kid's football is now suing the boy's parents.
Edna Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court claiming she has suffered emotional distress because footballs and other playthings belonging to her next-door neighbors keep landing in her yard.
In October, Jester refused to return a football, was taken to the Blue Ash police station and charged with petty theft. The prosecutor later dropped the case.
Special-needs student left on NYC bus
NEW YORK - Authorities in New York City say a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy was left on a school bus by a driver on New Year's Eve and spent the entire frigid night alone.
Authorities said police found Edwin Rivera in a bus yard Thursday morning. He had been on the bus for 19 hours while the temperature outside dropped below 20 degrees.
Rivera, who cannot speak, was being evaluated at a hospital. He was expected to recover.
NYC ushers in 2009 with cheer
NEW YORK - Despite months of economic gloom, revelers throughout the country welcomed the new year with merrymaking and even optimism, though some festivities fell to hard times and others were subdued.
As the clock struck midnight Wednesday, a ton of confetti fluttered down on the revelers bundled up in fur hats, coats and sleeping bags.
3 arrested in rape of lesbian
RICHMOND, Calif. - One man and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday as they searched for a fourth suspect.
Officers arrested Humberto Hernandez Salvador at his Richmond home Wednesday night, Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said. The 31-year-old is being held without bail on gang rape, kidnapping and carjacking charges.
Police on Wednesday also arrested a 15-year-old Richmond boy and a 16-year-old Hercules boy, who were being held at a juvenile detention center on similar charges. Their names were not released.
Car crash kills 4 adults, 1 child
DAYTON, Ohio - A speeding car hit railroad tracks, went airborne and crashed early on New Year's Day, killing all five people inside, police said.
When the car, going an estimated 89 mph in a 35 mph zone, came down, it slammed into a fire hydrant, a utility pole and a fence and was damaged so extensively, it 'essentially disintegrated,' police Lt. Larry Faulkner said.
Police suspect alcohol was involved.