Obama taps Sebelius for HHS secretary
WASHINGTON - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of health and human services, a White House source said Saturday.
The source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, said Obama will formally announce the nomination on Monday.
Sebelius, 60, was an early Obama supporter. She picked his presidential campaign over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the secretary of state. Sebelius worked tirelessly for Obama's bid and was a top surrogate to women's groups.
Obama's first choice for HHS, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, withdrew after disclosing he had failed to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.
Mich. woman with 2 wombs delivers twins
MARQUETTE, Mich. - A Michigan woman with two wombs has given birth to twin daughters - one from each uterus.
The Mining Journal and WLUC-TV report that Sarah Reinfelder's two healthy babies were delivered seven weeks premature Thursday by cesarean section at Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula.
The 21-year-old Sault Ste. Marie woman has a condition known as uterus didelphys, and doctors say such twin births are rare. The uteri are different sizes, with the larger twin born from the larger uterus.
Lawyer says immigrant killing not a hate crime
NEW YORK - A lawyer for one of two men accused of murdering an Ecuadorean immigrant in a New York City hate crime says his client acted in self-defense.
The lawyer said Saturday that Keith Phoenix was protecting himself, believing immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay was reaching for a gun in his waistband.
Lawyer Jay Schwitzman said Sucuzhanay and his brother kicked Phoenix's SUV. Schwitzman says co-defendant Hakim Scott started fighting with the brothers, and the 28-year-old Phoenix was trying to break it up when he thought Sucuzhanay went for a weapon.
Utah river searched for car with girl inside
SALT LAKE CITY - Crews on Saturday were using sonar to search the bottom of the Colorado River after a car plunged 60 feet into a canyon and sank in the icy river, trapping a 5-year-old girl inside.
The 60-year-old driver, Evelyn M. Maestas of Mancos, Colo., and her 11-year-old adopted daughter, Tori, were able to escape through a broken window and get out of the river after their car went off the road Friday, officials said. They told authorities they saw Maestas' granddaughter, 5-year-old Danica, still inside the sinking car.
Crews were walking along the shore and using the sonar technology, which provides underwater images of the river bottom, but the bottom of the murky water is strewn with large boulders, Sgt. Jeff Nigbur, a Utah Highway Patrol spokesman, told The Associated Press.
Harvard to restore FDR's student suite
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard University is planning to restore the luxury suite where Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived during his four years at the school.
The Boston Globe reports that the 600-square-foot suite will be the first campus memorial to the four-term president.
A benefit gala is planned Saturday to help raise the $250,000 needed to restore the suite where Roosevelt lived from 1900 to 1904.
The space has recently been used as a professor's office and as dorm rooms.
No photographs exist of the suite as Roosevelt used it but experts say they can recreate it from letters Roosevelt wrote to his mother.
3 from Miss. killed in small plane crash in La.
LIVINGSTON, La. - Authorities say three people died after a small plane crashed in a wooded area in southeastern Louisiana.
Perry Rushing of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the Cessna 182 went down just before midnight Friday in a heavily wooded area west of Independence.
Rushing identified the pilot as 39-year-old Glen Johnson of Gautier, Miss. Also killed in the crash were 39-year-old Tabitha Dolbare of Vancleave, Miss., and her 13-year-old son, Nelson Dolbare.