NATION: Flood overwhelms Montana, supplies brought in by ferry

Flood overwhelms Montana, supplies brought in by ferry

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Emergency workers ferried supplies to more than 300 people cut off Friday by flooding that has overwhelmed Montana towns and caused an estimated $8.6 million in damages to date.

Heavy rain and the runoff from record mountain snowpack have caused rivers over much of the West to spill from their banks. Montana has been hit particularly hard over the past few weeks, with hundreds of homes inundated and scores of roadways swamped.

River levels were retreating throughout the state on Friday, but more rain this weekend was expected to cause flood waters to linger across southeastern Montana.

There, roads washed out by the raging Musselshell River left people in a sprawling rural neighborhood in the hills outside the town of Roundup with no way to get out.

Victim of chimp attack gets a full face transplant

BOSTON -- A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee gone berserk has received a new face in the third such operation performed in the U.S. and is looking forward to going out in public again and eating hot dogs and pizza after months of pureed food.

Charla Nash, 57, underwent a full face and double hand transplant late last month, but the hands failed to thrive because of complications and were removed, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, leader of the 30-member surgical team at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said Friday. Overall, her prospects are excellent, he said.

''It will certainly help her tremendously to feel human again,'' Pohamac said.

In February 2009, she was attacked by a neighbor's 200-pound pet chimpanzee, named Travis, which went berserk after its owner asked Nash to help lure it back into her Stamford, Conn., house. The animal ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids before being shot and killed by police.

Memphis dad guilty in killing, dismemberment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis man was found guilty Friday of murder after his three children gave vivid testimony about how he stabbed and strangled their mother then dismembered and disposed of her body.

It took less than two hours for the jury to convict James Hawkins, 33, in the killing and dismemberment of 28-year-old Charlene Gaither on Feb. 9, 2008.

The jury next will decide if he should be sentenced to death. A sentencing hearing that began Friday afternoon will continue today.

Kevorkian is remembered for devotion to cause

TROY, Mich. -- Friends, family and supporters gathered Friday to pay tribute to the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian, remembering him for his courageous devotion to the cause of physician-assisted suicide, which cost him his freedom late in life.

More than 150 people attended the chapel service at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in suburban Detroit before Kevorkian was laid to rest. He died last week at age 83 of a pulmonary blood clot.

Budget deficit moves closer to $1 trillion mark

WASHINGTON -- The federal budget deficit is on pace to break the $1 trillion mark for a third straight year. Record deficits are putting pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a plan to rein in government spending.

Already, the deficit through the first eight months of this budget year is $927.4 billion, according to the latest report from the Treasury Department released Friday.

Three years ago that would have ranked as the highest ever for a full year. Instead, this year's deficit will likely exceed last year's $1.29 trillion imbalance and nearly match the $1.41 trillion record reached in 2009. The budget year ends on Sept. 30.

Hudson miracle jet arrives at museum

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two years after a US Airways jet left New York for Charlotte and made a miraculous landing on the Hudson River, it reached its intended destination and future home in a museum.

''My flight has finally come home,'' said Eileen Shleffar, who was sitting in seat 13D when the plane splashed in the river.

US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from LaGuardia airport when a flock of geese disabled the engines on Jan. 15, 2009. Capt. Chesley ''Sully'' Sullenberger III safely glided into a water landing. All 155 passengers and crew members were rescued.

HS senior wins car for good records

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas high school senior has won a new car for having good grades and no unexcused absences.

Clark County school officials said 18-year-old Kenneth Gonzalez won a Honda Fit worth about $17,500 through a raffle among the eligible students.

The car was awarded on the last day of school. To be eligible, students needed at least a 3.7 GPA and no unexcused misses from class.