NATION: Hudson plane heads to museum

Hudson plane heads to museum

HARRISON, N.J. -- This time the river crossing was a lot slower, and a lot drier.

The plane whose safe landing on the Hudson River captivated the world two years ago rolled out of a warehouse and across the Passaic River on Saturday morning to begin the trek to a North Carolina museum where it will become a piece of American history.

Accompanied by a phalanx of police cars and film crews, the damaged Airbus A320 eased out of the J. Supor and Sons warehouse lot where it has sat since the splashdown in January 2009 made its pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, a national hero.

With traffic stopped and people rolling down their windows to take pictures with their cell phones, the flatbed truck crossed the river into Newark, took a left onto Route 21 South and then a right toward the heart of downtown. The caravan passed the Prudential Center Arena before turning onto Broad Street, the city's main drag, for a few blocks before heading southwest.

Park reopens after girl's death

WILDWOOD, N.J. -- A Jersey shore boardwalk amusement park that closed after an 11-year-old girl tumbled from a moving Ferris wheel to her death reopened Saturday while investigators tried to figure out what caused her fall.

A spokeswoman for Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier in Wildwood said the park reopened at noon. It was closed Friday night, hours after the death of 11-year-old Abiah Jones.

Jones was with her classmates from Pleasant Tech Academy when she plunged about 100 feet, from near the top of the ride, and landed in the passenger loading area, police and amusement park officials said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital about 45 minutes later.

Former diplomat Eagleburger dies

WASHINGTON -- The only career foreign service officer to rise to the position of secretary of state, Lawrence Eagleburger was a straightforward diplomat whose exuberant style masked a hard-driving commitment to solving tangled foreign policy problems.

''As good as they come,'' recalled James Baker, his immediate predecessor as America's top diplomat.

Eagleburger, who died Saturday at age 80, held the job late in George H.W. Bush's presidency, culminating a distinguished diplomatic career.

Over 27 years in the foreign service, he served in the Nixon administration as executive assistant to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, as President Jimmy Carter's ambassador to Yugoslavia, and as an assistant secretary of state and then undersecretary of state in the first Reagan administration.

Crossing called performance art

SAN DIEGO -- U.S. and Mexican officials have allowed about 80 people to walk from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, through a drainage culvert that crosses the international border.

Organizers of a conference that promotes ''co-existence'' on the U.S.-Mexico border call it performance art.

Oscar Romo of the Political Equator 3 conference says it is the first time that Mexico has designated a drain as an official port of entry, and it probably won't happen again.

Travelers clutching their passports snapped photos as they walked along the muddy culvert, and Mexican officials at folding tables issued visas at the south end of the drain.

U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Jerry Conlin says the agency's criteria in allowing the event to go forward was to make sure it didn't jeopardize border security or public safety.

Ariz. fire burns summer cabins

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Firefighters are working to contain two of the largest wildfires in Arizona's history that together have burned through more than 300 square miles of timber and brush, prompted evacuations and sent smoke into skies 200 miles away.

Both blazes expanded Friday while dozens of other fires burned in several Western states.

Residents in the scenic White Mountain community of Alpine in eastern Arizona near the New Mexico border were ordered earlier to evacuate as the Wallow fire neared. A shelter was set up at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop-Lakeside. There was no exact figure on the number of evacuees.

The U.S. Forest Service said that four summer rental cabins burned.

Animal shelter sells fat cats

HILLIARD, Ohio -- A central Ohio animal shelter with an abundance of chubby cats is having a sale on its fattest felines, hoping a discount entices potential owners to take one home.

The Capital Area Humane Society says the fat cats are on sale this summer for $15 each or two for $20, instead of the usual $70 adoption price.

Development manager Mary Hiser says the cats packed on the pounds before arriving at the shelter, and the extra weight can cause them health problems.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that nine of the shelter's 55 cats are overweight.