Top US officials meet to discuss embassy threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. officials are reviewing the threat of a terrorist attack that has led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans.
The White House says that President Barack Obama has been briefed on the threat and preparedness measures.
Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, led the meeting and then helped brief the president.
Among those at the meeting Saturday afternoon were the secretaries of state, defense and homeland security and the directors of the FBI and CIA.
In an interview with ABC News, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says officials have determined there is "a significant threat stream" and that the intent is to attack U.S. and Western interests.
PLANE CRASH-SOUTH CAROLINA
3 die when small plane crashes in coastal SC
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A private twin-engine aircraft has crashed near a subdivision in coastal South Carolina, killing all three people onboard.
Horry (OHR'-ee) County Coroner Robert Edge identified the victims Saturday night as 39-year-old James Major of Conway, 42-year-old Kenneth Piuma of Myrtle Beach and 16-year-old Donald Dale Becker of Conway.
Edge said Major was piloting the plane when it apparently struck a power line while attempting to return to Conway-Horry County Airport Saturday afternoon.
Edge said, "When they hit the power line, it set them nose down first."
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the Beechcraft BE55 Baron was destroyed.
Kirk Lovell with the Horry County Department of Airports says the aircraft clipped some electrical wires when it went down, cutting power to the area.
The crash in Conway happened just 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.
CAR INTO BEACHGOERS
UPDATE: Police: Driver who hit beachgoers fled, at large
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say a driver who ran into a crowd at the Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles fled from the scene and has not been taken into custody.
Police are looking for a dark-colored Dodge Charger or Avenger. The driver was a man described as having sandy blond hair and estimated to be in his mid-20s.
The incident left 12 people injured -- two of them critically.
1 dead, 1 injured in Miss. skydiving accident
LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) — One person has been killed and another has been injured in a skydiving accident in southern Mississippi.
Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith confirmed the fatality to the Hattiesburg American. He said the surviving skydiver has been transported to a hospital with fractures to his extremities and possible head injuries.
Smith said the two jumped in tandem during a Saturday flight conducted by Lumberton-based Gold Coast Skydivers, but that there was an equipment malfunction.
After the two didn't show up at a nearby airport, Smith said Gold Coast Skydivers looked for them for a few hours and then notified authorities. The two were found in a swampy area more than a mile from the airport. No one answered a phone number for Gold Coast Skydivers Saturday night.
BURIED CLIMBER-MOUNT HOOD
UPDATE: Man buried when tunnel on Ore. mountain collapses
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rescue crews early Sunday morning will resume the search for a snowboarder who was trapped under a collapsing ice tunnel on Oregon's Mount Hood.
The snowboarder has not been identified. He was traveling with five companions on Saturday afternoon when the tunnel collapsed.
The five were uninjured and called police. They also attempted to dig the man out, but were unable to break through thick snow and ice.
The tunnel was on the White River Glacier, which begins about 6,000 feet up the south side of the mountain.
An airplane was dispatched to survey the area, along with crews from local sheriff's offices.
Legionnaires' outbreak hits Ohio retirement center
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials in Ohio say a retirement community where Legionnaires' disease killed five people and sickened 39 others since July has taken steps to prevent any new infections and they appear to be successful.
The state Health Department says the outbreak at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg has been linked to bacteria in an air conditioning cooling tower and several water sources.
The retirement community is cleaning the water by hyper-chlorinating and superheating it. The center is also installing filters on shower heads and advising residents not to drink the water until testing is completed.
Health officials believe those steps have prevented any new infections.
Legionnaires' disease isn't contagious. The rare form of pneumonia is contracted when people breathe in tiny droplets of contaminated water.
POWER PLANT IMPLOSION
5 spectators injured at old power plant implosion
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — It started out as a day of fun for the more than 1,000 spectators who gathered Saturday to watch the demolition of an old power plant in California's Central Valley but it has turned into a nightmare.
One man had his leg severed and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition flew into the crowd.
People gathered at 6 a.m., some sleeping in their cars overnight, in the nearby parking lot of a home improvement store in Bakersfield to watch the planned implosion of the decommissioned steam power plant.
After buildings came down in a fiery crash, a police officer heard a man screaming for help and saw that his leg had been blown off. The 44-year-old victim also had major injuries to the other leg, and may lose it as well.
A Kern County Fire engineer says four other spectators were treated for minor injuries. He says all of the injured spectators were standing beyond a perimeter set up to ensure public safety.
BART labor talks continue as planned strike looms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders are still at the bargaining table in a last-minute bid to avoid a strike that would leave 400,000 San Francisco area commuters scrambling for other ways to get to work.
BART's two largest unions Thursday issued a 72-hour notice that employees would walk off the job Monday if they didn't reach agreement on a new contract by midnight Sunday. The labor action would shut down one of the nation's largest transit systems for the second time in a month.
The two sides resumed negotiations Saturday morning, with wide gaps remaining on key issues including wages, pensions, worker safety and health care costs.
BART spokesman Rick Rice says agency managers are hopeful they can reach an agreement before Monday or continue negotiations without a service shutdown.
If there's a BART strike, transit agencies are planning to add bus and ferry service, keep carpool lanes open all day and even give away coffee gift cards to encourage drivers to pick up riders. They're also encouraging workers to avoid peak traffic hours or telecommute if possible.
CBS-TIME WARNER CABLE
Time Warner blackout of CBS continues
UNDATED (AP) — There's no sign of progress in talks aimed at resolving the dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS over fees.
Time Warner dropped CBS on Friday in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities, leaving three million customers without the network's programs. The issue is fees that the cable company pays CBS to air its programs.
Each has accused the other of making unreasonable demands. On Saturday, the two sides even seemed to disagree on the status of negotiations. A Time Warner spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon that negotiations are ongoing. CBS said it expects talks to resume soon, but the decision rests with Time Warner.
Meanwhile, Time Warner's blackout of CBS and its cable networks Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian continues.
Late Friday night, Time Warner posted a message to subscribers on its website from CEO Glenn Britt saying that CBS has been "uncompromising" by making demands that are inconsistent with deals made with hundreds of other broadcasters. He said if Time Warner gives in to CBS' demands other programmers will ask for more as well.
Powerball jackpot reaches $300M for Saturday
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dreamers hoping to strike it rich quick plunked down $2 a ticket hoping to win a Powerball jackpot estimated to be at least $300 million.
The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 21, 24, 36, 42, and 45, with the Powerball 15.
The revised estimated jackpot wasn't available immediately after Saturday's numbers were drawn, but it was expected to fall well below the record $590.5 million jackpot that was won in May by an 84-year-old Florida widow.
Saturday's pot was big enough though to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big and potentially life-changing.
The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175.2 million.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NEW: WikiLeaks founder proud of Australian support
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — WikiLeaks founder and Australian Senate candidate Julian Assange says he is proud of the level of support he enjoys in his home country weeks ahead of federal elections.
The 42-year-old fugitive told Ten Network television in an interview filmed in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and broadcast in Australia on Sunday that his popularity demonstrated by a recent opinion poll reflected poorly on the ruling Labor Party. The government staunchly supports the U.S. condemnation of WikiLeaks' disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
A national survey by Sydney-based UMR Research found in April that 26 percent of Australian voters said they were likely to vote for Assange or other candidates running for his WikiLeaks Party at national elections that could be held as soon as Sept. 7.
Created: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 01:14:49 EST
Updated: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 01:14:49 EST