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NATION IN BRIEF: Woman drowns after getting trapped in Ill. manhole

Woman drowns after getting trapped in Ill. manhole

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A 23-year-old woman has drowned after getting trapped in an uncovered manhole during heavy rain in Illinois.

Springfield police said the woman and a man were riding in a car Friday night and got stuck in a flooded viaduct.

Both got out of the car to start pushing, and the woman slipped into a manhole and underwater.

She was submerged for about four minutes before the man and a police officer were able to free her.

Police Lt. Jim Henry said the woman died at the scene. Her name has not been released.

Authorities said up to 1.4 inches of rain fell on parts of Springfield in less than two hours Friday.

Bedbugs found in basement of Empire State Building

NEW YORK -- It survived the Depression, a bomber crash and King Kong's climb, but can the Empire State Building withstand a bedbug infestation?

Officials said exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the tower's basement after bedbugs were found there last week.

The officials told The New York Daily News that an employee had the bedbugs on his clothes and brought them into the building, but that the problem is now under control.

Tourists visiting the skyscraper said they are disgusted by the bloodsucking pests.

Bedbugs have been discovered recently in New York City theaters, clothing stores, office buildings, housing projects and posh apartments.

'Star Gazer' host Jack Horkheimer dies at 72

MIAMI -- Jack Horkheimer, the creator and host of the PBS show ''Star Gazer'' who helped popularize naked-eye astronomy, has died. He was 72.

The Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, where Horkheimer was director emeritus, said in a news release that the astronomer died Friday afternoon of a respiratory ailment.

Horkheimer was director of the planetarium for more than 35 years.

Millions of people have watched the weekly ''Star Gazer" program since its inception in the 1970s, getting advice on what to look for in the night sky.