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MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON
‘Miracle’ flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s been 10 years since US Airways flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese just after takeoff.
All 155 people on board survived the Jan. 15, 2009, incident, which became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”
Survivors say that day changed their lives.
Some moved or switched jobs, but others have experience more intangible shifts, like feeling more gratitude and appreciation for the things they haven’t missed out on.
The flight took off from LaGuardia Airport and was headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, when the birds hit the engines.
A celebration to mark the anniversary is being held Tuesday at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, where the plane is on display.
WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Record snowfall in Illinois capital from storm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Parts of central Illinois have registered record snowfalls after a winter storm struck and then lingered for much of the weekend.
Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports that the state capital broke a 55-year record for daily snowfall on Saturday. It cites the National Weather Service as saying the 8.4 inches (21.3 centimeters) of snow that fell on the capital, Springfield, broke a previous record for a Jan. 12 in 1964 of 6.6 inches (16.7 centimeters).
The storm lashed the region starting Friday and lasting into Sunday. The weather service says 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of snow fell on Springfield over the three days.
Jacksonville, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Springfield, got even more at nearly 16 inches (40 centimeters).
Sheriff: Man shoots self at North Carolina police facility
COLUMBUS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man arrested in North Carolina killed himself during a standoff that began when an officer determined the man was still carrying a gun.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the man died early Sunday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the security fence at the Polk law enforcement facility.
A sheriff’s statement says an officer discovered the firearm on the suspect about 5 a.m. The sheriff’s office says the arrested man was still in a patrol car and ultimately shot himself after being asked several times to turn over the weapon.
Polk County authorities didn’t immediately identify the man, saying relatives were being notified. No further details of his arrest or shooting were released.
The sheriff’s statement says the State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the death.
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Judge Haywood Gilliam on Sunday granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.
But Gilliam rejected their request that he block the rules nationwide.
California and the other states argue that the changes would force women to turn to state-funded programs for birth control and lead to unintended pregnancies.
The U.S. Department of Justice says the rules protect a small group of objectors from violating their beliefs.
Police: 1 dead in shooting inside North Carolina mall store
PINEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in a North Carolina town say a person was shot and killed during a dispute at a store inside a mall.
Multiple news outlets report the shooting occurred shortly after midday Sunday in the DTLR store in Carolina Place Mall in Pineville, a bedroom community of Charlotte, and that a suspect is in custody.
Pineville police didn’t immediately return a phone call Sunday to The Associated Press seeking comment. Charlotte TV broadcasters cite police as saying the altercation involved an employee and someone entering the shoe and fashion store, and that it appears to have been neither a random act nor related to a robbery. The suspect and victim and haven’t been identified.
A portion of the mall was closed Sunday afternoon while police investigated.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA
Rallies held at Confederate statute in North Carolina city
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Dozens of supporters and protesters of a Confederate statute in a North Carolina city took opposite sides of a downtown street, as the monument’s days at its current location could be numbered.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported about 50 people who want the century-old statue next to the old Forsyth County courthouse removed rallied Sunday afternoon. About 25 feet away, 40 people who want the statute to remain gathered at the monument for a prayer and flower-laying event.
The city of Winston-Salem has given the United Daughters of the Confederacy until Jan. 31 to move its statue or face legal action. The group has promised opposing removal efforts.
City officials say they’re worried the statue is a safety concern because of recent topplings of Confederate statues in Durham and Chapel Hill.
Man charged with murder after 3 deaths at N Carolina home
LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A man has been jailed after being arrested in the deaths of two women and an infant child discovered in a central North Carolina home.
The Harnett County Detention Center confirmed Sunday that 24-year-old Kareem Daquan Taylor has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and probation violations. He was held without bond awaiting a Monday court appearance.
Multiple news outlets reported that Taylor was arrested Saturday night in Cameron, after warrants had been issued for him.
The sheriff’s office said 22-year-old Jacelyn Perkins, 20-year-old Jasmine Perkins and the unidentified child were found dead early Friday evening in a home near the Barbecue community. Another child was unharmed. Authorities say the two women were sisters.
The jail had no information on an attorney for Taylor.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-OUTER BANKS
Open restrooms, trash pickup happening at Outer Banks parks
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – Some basic maintenance is returning to portions of national parks along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, even as most services stay shuttered due to the continuing federal government shutdown.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced it had re-opened restrooms this weekend at Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, and near the visitor center on Ocracoke Island. Money usually generated from park entrance, camping and other fees are helping pay for the open and cleaned restrooms.
The federal government’s news release also said trash would be removed from garbage cans at several visitor areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.
While outdoor park areas remain accessible, other visitor facilities are still closed.