Thursday, March 5
LAGUARDIA-PLANE OFF RUNWAY
Plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway did not touch water
NEW YORK (AP) — An official says a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway while landing in driving snow at LaGuardia Airport did not make contact with an icy bay but instead came to rest on an embankment next to the water.
The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said at a news conference Thursday that two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Patrick Foye says the airport runway was plowed and two other pilots reported good braking conditions minutes before the Delta plane landed.
Foye says the pilot did everything he could to slow the aircraft.
One of the airport's runways reopened at 2 p.m.
Foye says the airport was leaking a gallon a fuel a minute after the crash. The leak has since stopped.
LAGUARDIA-PLANE OFF RUNWAY-PASSENGER
Passenger: Wing of plane that skidded off runway got torn up
NEW YORK (AP) — A passenger aboard a flight from Atlanta that skidded off a runway at LaGuardia amid driving snow says one wing of the plane got "pretty torn up."
Georgia marketing executive Malcolm Duckett was seated near the left wing of Flight 1086 on Thursday. He called the damage to that wing "brutal."
Duckett says the landing was pretty hard and passengers initially thought the aircraft had hit water.
The plane's nose came close to the edge of an icy bay.
Duckett says passengers were told to exit over the right wing because the rear door was too close to the water.
He says firefighters helped him get down after he slid down the wing.
Duckett says it's his first time in New York. He says he's "grateful to be here."
Record-cold temperatures will follow latest storm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even after today's snow stops falling in much of the eastern United States, winter could have at least one more blast.
Record low temperatures are in the forecast for dozens of cities. A forecaster says cities including Cleveland, Chicago, Memphis and Waco, Texas, should expect record cold temperatures tomorrow morning.
In Memphis, the coldest temperature on record for March 6th is 20 degrees. The forecast is calling for a low of 11. At Northern Virginia's Dulles Airport, a forecast low of 7 would shatter the record of 15.
Today, a strong cold front moving across the eastern half of the country left more than 20 inches of snow in parts of Kentucky. And conditions are worsening in the Northeast as the snow starts to pile up.
The massive snow in Kentucky left hundreds of drivers stranded on two major highways.
The storm has knocked out power to more than 80,000 homes and businesses in West Virginia.
Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns over Iran deal
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Even if there's a deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear program, the United States will still help defend its Arab Gulf allies against any destabilizing actions by Iran.
That assurance came today from Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia. He met with officials from that country and others who are concerned about Iran's suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons, and its increasing assertiveness in the region.
Kerry told reporters at a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister that a nuclear agreement won't be part of a "grand bargain" with Iran.
Kerry says there's been "progress" in efforts to form a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the end of March. But he says there are "serious gaps that need to be resolved."
He arrived in Saudi Arabia a day after wrapping up the latest round of Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.
Senate majority leader decides not to fast-track Iran bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has decided not to fast-track a bill that would allow Congress a chance to review and vote on any deal the U.S. inks with Iran over its nuclear program.
McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said Thursday that the majority leader no longer will put the bill up for a test vote next week.
The vote, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, would have allowed the legislation to be debated on the floor and voted on — before being marked up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
McConnell blamed Democrats for the delay, saying that even though they back it, they vowed to vote against it on the floor next week. Democrats want time to move it through committee and bolster bipartisan support for the measure.
Military recognizes WikiLeaks defendant Manning as a woman
WASHINGTON (AP) — A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman.
The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington issued the order pertaining to Chelsea Manning on Wednesday. The court says references to Manning in all future filings, orders and decisions shall use either feminine pronouns or gender-neutral phrases such as "Private First Class Manning."
The 27-year-old intelligence analyst, formerly known as Bradley Manning, obtained a legal name change in April. She was cleared last month to receive hormone therapy at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking reams of war logs, diplomatic cables and battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in 2010.
Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82
NEW YORK (AP) — Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York, has died. He was 82.
The Archdiocese of New York says Egan died Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Pope John Paul II had appointed Egan as leader of the archdiocese in 2000 to succeed the late Cardinal John O'Connor.
Egan was archbishop during the Sept. 11 terror attacks during which he anointed the dead at a lower Manhattan hospital and presided over many funerals for victims.
He was a scholar of church law and spoke Latin fluently. John Paul chose him to help with the massive job of reviewing a revised canon law code for the global church.
A native of Illinois, Egan retired as New York archbishop in 2009.
FDA-ANTIBIOTICS IN MILK
FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Food and Drug Administration study shows little evidence of antibiotic contamination in milk after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
The agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk on the farms and tested them for 31 drugs, almost all of them antibiotics. Results released by the agency Thursday show that less than 1 percent of the total samples evidenced illegal drug residue.
Antibiotics and other drugs can end up in milk when they are used on dairy cows to keep them healthy. Small levels of drugs are allowed in milk, but residues that go beyond certain thresholds are illegal.
The FDA said the agency will use the findings to try and reduce the drug contamination even more.
NEW: BNSF freight train with crude oil derails near Illinois city
GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena.
According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi.
Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser says several cars have caught fire as a result of the derailment. The blaze hasn't prompted any evacuations, although that may change.
BNSF spokesman Mike Trevino says the cause of the derailment hasn't been determined. He said railroad employees are on the scene and additional BNSF personnel are headed there and will work with local responders.
In addition to the cars loaded with crude oil, the train consisted of two buffer cars loaded with sand. Its destination wasn't immediately known.
Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors who deadlocked on punishment for convicted murderer Jodi Arias say they were split 11-1 in favor of the death penalty and that they tried unsuccessfully to get the lone holdout kicked off the panel.
The jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in Arias' sentencing retrial, meaning she avoids a death sentence and instead faces life in prison for killing lover Travis Alexander in 2008.
Fourteen jurors, including at least one alternate and one woman removed from the panel earlier, talked to reporters Thursday after the verdict. None of them would reveal their names.
Many of the jurors said Arias lacked remorse and some said she tried to manipulate them.
Jurors also said they believed the holdout was biased. The woman didn't speak to the media.