NATION IN BRIEF: NTSB joins airport crash investigation

NTSB joins airport crash investigation

BOSTON — The crash between two airliners on a taxiway at Boston’s Logan International Airport was upgraded from an ‘‘incident’’ to an ‘‘accident’’ on Friday by federal investigators, prompting the involvement of the National Transportation Safety Board.

One person was taken to a hospital after the wing of a large moving passenger jet clipped the tail of a smaller aircraft in front of it at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

‘‘An incident is considered an accident when there is a loss of life or severe damage, and in this case at least one plane suffered severe damage,’’ NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.

Both planes were taken out of service with visible damage. The wing tip of the larger aircraft was bent while the smaller jet’s tail was crumpled and bent.

Police: 1 killed in hotel standoff

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — One bystander was shot and killed, another was held hostage, and a police officer was shot in the leg Friday during a three-hour standoff at an Idaho hotel that ended with the suspect’s surrender.

The suspect was arrested late Friday morning after he released the female hostage unharmed.

Idaho State Police Captain Clark Rollins said the trouble started when a trooper tried to make a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 93 near Twin Falls and the driver fled, prompting a chase that reached estimated speeds of 100 mph.

The chase ended when the suspect crashed into another vehicle in Twin Falls, police said. The armed driver ran into a side door of the nearby Hampton Inn hotel, police said, firing shots inside.

Bulger’s girlfriend to remain held without bail

BOSTON — A federal judge on Friday ordered the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James ‘‘Whitey’’ Bulger to remain in custody without bail while she awaits trial on allegations that she helped him evade capture for more than 16 years.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal’s order came two days after an attorney for Catherine Greig said she would voluntarily remain in custody while he gathers more information to support his request that she be granted bail and placed under electronic monitoring.

Bulger and Greig were arrested last month in Santa Monica, Calif. Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders. Greig is charged with harboring and concealing a fugitive.

Woman accused in dragging death pleads not guilty

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A woman accused of dragging a tow truck driver to his death in Colorado has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Detra Farries heard a dozen charges Friday, including felony hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident in the Feb. 23 death of 35-year-old Allen Rose.

The judge cut her bond in half, from $50,000 to $25,000, but she remains in the El Paso County Jail. Trial was set for Nov. 7.

Authorities said Rose was preparing to tow an illegally parked SUV in Colorado Springs when someone got in the vehicle and drove away. Investigators said Rose tried to chase down the SUV but got tangled in the dangling tow cable and was dragged for more than a mile.

No one bothers to run in small town’s election

TAR HEEL, N.C. — The races for mayor and three commission seats are wide open in the small North Carolina town of Tar Heel — because no one bothered to run.

No one has registered as a candidate for the fall elections in the Bladen County town. The story was first reported by WECT-TV.

The ballots will be printed with blank spaces for voters to write in their choices.

Current Mayor Ricky Martin said he’s not surprised no one wants the jobs. Even in a town of 117, it’s hard work with little compensation. And Martin said state budget cuts mean the next elected officials might have to raise taxes.

LA readies for ‘Carmageddon’

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles fire officials said they’re ready for ‘‘Carmageddon.’’

Battalion Chief Chuck Butler said more than two dozen fire engines and ambulances have been staged in neighborhoods where they’ll be able to move quickly even if there’s gridlock from the weekend shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 405. Six aircraft also will be available, including air ambulances.

Beginning Friday night, police and traffic engineers also were on standby to respond to emergencies as the freeway shuts down for 53 hours.