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NATION IN BRIEF: WWII warplane recovered from Calif. reservoir

The Associated Press. Brothers Westen, left, and Michael Metzger walk behind recovered parts of a sunken WWII plane during a salvaging attempt Thursday in San Diego. Divers, working with the National Naval Aviation Museum, hope to remove the World War II dive bomber that crashed after its engine failed during a training exercise on May 28, 1945.

The Associated Press. Brothers Westen, left, and Michael Metzger walk behind recovered parts of a sunken WWII plane during a salvaging attempt Thursday in San Diego. Divers, working with the National Naval Aviation Museum, hope to remove the World War II dive bomber that crashed after its engine failed during a training exercise on May 28, 1945.

WWII warplane recovered from Calif. reservoir

SAN DIEGO -- Salvage divers have raised a rare World War II dive bomber from the bottom of a San Diego reservoir where it crashed 65 years ago and were waiting for a crane to lift it from the water's edge and onto shore.

The aircraft was brought to the surface Friday after days of work to free it from mud on the floor of the reservoir.

The SB2C Helldiver crashed in 1945 when the engine failed during a training flight. If it can be restored, it will be displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

Obama heads to bookstore at start of vacation

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. -- President Barack Obama began his 10-day vacation on a studious note Friday, stopping at a local bookstore for his first public appearance on Martha's Vineyard.

With daughters Sasha and Malia in tow, Obama stepped into the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Main Street in Vineyard Haven the morning after arriving on the quaint island. Crowds mobbed the landmark shop, cheering and snapping pictures.

''I said, 'Have a nice vacation, Mr. President,' and he said, 'You, too. We're hoping to,''' said Ed Murphy of Simsbury, Ct., who happened to be in the store with his three children. One, 14-year-old Brendan, had bought a copy of Obama's memoir, ''Dreams From My Father,'' which the president autographed in a ballpoint pen.

Hotel workers: Caller ranted about hijacking

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Workers at a California hotel that received an anonymous phone threat to a New York-bound flight said Friday the caller ranted in a thick accent as others were heard shouting anti-America curses in the background.

Justin Martin, a shuttle driver at the Hampton Inn in Alameda, said the clerk who answered the call didn't take the threat seriously until talking with Martin, who discovered online that the American Airlines 767 jet was about to take off.

Martin spoke to the clerk just after the call came in about 9 a.m. Thursday.

The caller ranted in broken English that American Airlines Flight 24 was going to be hijacked while voices in the background yelled ''(expletive) America'' and ''Allah is God,'' Martin said.

Officials vow tighter scrutiny of off-road racing

LAS VEGAS -- Federal officials promised tighter scrutiny of off-road racing Friday, expanding nationwide a review of the sport run on public lands even as tricked-out trucks raced through the Nevada desert less than a week after a deadly accident in California.

More than 200 teams of off-road enthusiasts sped across 530 miles of Nevada desert terrain Friday, but race officials don't expect anything similar to the accident that killed eight people and injured 10 last Saturday at a race on federal land in California's Mojave Desert. Promoters expect fewer spectators, and they'll be kept far away from the track.

Dad purchases ad after teen breaks curfew

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- A Texas teenager who broke curfew is headed for a reluctant adventure in baby-sitting.

Robert Rausch placed an advertisement offering his daughter's free baby-sitting services in the community newspaper in Southlake, a wealthy suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth that is home to business leaders and professional athletes.

The advertisement names Rausch's 16-year-old-daughter and says, ''Want a FREE BABYSITTER for a night out?'' It explains that she is in trouble for missing her curfew and offers 30 hours of free baby-sitting.

Hundreds at funeral for dead SC toddlers

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral for two South Carolina toddlers authorities said were killed by their mother before they were strapped into a car and rolled into a river.

Services were being held in Orangeburg on Friday for 2-year-old Devean C. Duley and 18-month-old Ja'van T. Duley.

A steady stream of mourners filed past the small white caskets before the service. The boys were dressed in matching white tuxedos. Some people dropped off stuffed animals, books and flowers.