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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment

Mar 16, 2013 8:58am

FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE CHARGES

Judge to announce verdict Sunday in Ohio rape trial

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer are due back in juvenile court Sunday to learn their fate.

Their four-day nonjury trial ended Saturday after testimony from the West Virginia teenager, who said she could not remember what happened that night when she woke up naked in a strange house. She said she felt embarrassed and scared.

Judge Thomas Lipps says he'll announce his decision Sunday morning. If found delinquent -- the juvenile court equivalent of guilty -- 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond could be held in juvenile jail until they turn 21.

The case has riveted the small city of Steubenville amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of pride in a community that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.

AIR FORCE SEX SCANDAL

Air Force trainer convicted of raping ex-trainee

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force trainer at a San Antonio base has been found guilty at court-martial of raping a former trainee.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the trial of Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto at Lackland Air Force Base segued directly into the sentencing phase Saturday. He could get up to life imprisonment without parole.

Soto previously pleaded guilty to five counts, including having sex with a female trainee and the wife of a male trainee. Prosecutors also alleged he raped a woman who had flown from California to San Antonio to visit him on the condition of no sex.

In all, 32 Lackland instructors have been investigated, with six convicted of misconduct. Investigators say more than 40 women had inappropriate contact with instructors, were sexually harassed or raped.

TOUR BUS CRASH

Bus carrying college lacrosse team crashes in Pa., killing pregnant coach, driver

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Seton Hill University is mourning the death of its women's lacrosse coach who died along with one other person in a bus crash in central Pennsylvania.

The Catholic school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh says a memorial Mass is planned for Sunday night on campus.

Cumberland County authorities say 30-year-old Kristina Quigley of Greensburg. Pa., died at a hospital from injuries suffered in the crash Saturday morning. They say Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn child did not survive.

The other victim, 61-year-old driver Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Two other victims of the crash were flown to a hospital and the other 19 people aboard the bus were taken to other hospitals as a precaution.

The Seton Hill University team was making the trip across the state for a game at Millersville University when the bus ran off the highway and crashed into a tree.

HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH

Stallworth injured when balloon hits power lines

MIAMI (AP) — NFL free agent Donte Stallworth is hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines in South Florida.

Stallworth's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says the 10-year NFL veteran won't suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead and will be able to continue his career.

Rosenhaus says "He's going to be OK. He has some burns, but he's going to be fine."

Rosenhaus says one of the passengers was Stallworth's girlfriend, but he would not say whether she was hurt.

A Miami-Dade Police spokesman says two passengers were injured and transported to a trauma center. A third passenger in the basket was not injured.

Stallworth was suspended for the 2009 season after a car he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in South Florida that March. He spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction.

RACEWAY CRASH-CALIF

NEW: Promoter says race car hits 2 at Calif. Raceway

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a race car ran into two people at a California raceway.

Venue promoter Paul Hawes says the sprint car hit two people on pit row Saturday at Marysville Raceway Park some 40 miles north of Sacramento.

Hawes tells the Marysville Appeal-Democrat that the car crashed on the track and ran into pit row at high speed. He did not give the condition of the two people.

Officials from the Yuba County Sheriff's Department and the Linda Fire Protection District say they're responding to the incident, but would give no details.

The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season.

An outgoing message on the track's phone line says only that Saturday's race has been canceled.

TRANSPLANT-RABIES DEATH

Hundreds checked for risk in rabies case

UNDATED (AP) — Health officials in five states are assessing hundreds of people for rabies risk following the death of a Maryland man infected by a transplanted kidney.

Health officials say the virus can be spread through the infected person's saliva, but human-to-human transmission is rare.

The transplant donor had moved from North Carolina to Florida before dying in Pensacola, Fla., in 2011. His organs went to patients in Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Maryland.

In Maryland, state veterinarian Katherine Feldman indicated about 200 medical workers, community members and family members were assessed, and fewer than two dozen were urged to get the vaccine.

In Florida, the health department identified about 90 people as potentially exposed. Three have been offered the vaccine.

Other states had not immediately offered details as of Saturday afternoon.

COLORADO WILDFIRE

Calm weather helps crews battling fire in N. Colo.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Calmer weather is allowing crews to gain the upper hand on a wildfire that has scorched between 750 and 1,000 acres west of Fort Collins.

Larimer County Sheriff's Department spokesman Nick Christensen, says the strong winds that caused havoc Friday have died down, and many of the residents who were forced to leave the area are now being allowed to return home. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.

Christensen says hundreds of phone lines received automated calls ordering evacuations, but he did not have an exact count on how many people were forced from their homes. All evacuation orders were expected to be lifted at 8 p.m.

The fire, which The Denver Post reports is 45 percent contained, is burning west of Horsetooth Reservoir.

CONSERVATIVES-2016

Sen. Rand Paul narrowly wins conservative poll

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Conservative activists have given Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul a narrow victory in a presidential preference poll.

Paul's victory in the unscientific yet symbolic straw poll on Saturday capped this week's Conservative Political Action Conference. Paul won with 25 percent of the vote, just ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 23 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 8 percent.

The victory offers little more than bragging rights for Paul, who is popular with the younger generation of libertarian-minded conservatives who packed the conference in suburban Washington.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in the online poll and more than half were younger than 26.

Paul's father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, won the straw poll in 2010 and 2011.

Paul has said he's "seriously considering" a presidential run.

AFGHANISTAN

US helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, killing 1

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO officials say a helicopter has crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing one coalition service member and injuring another.

Capt. Luca Carniel says there was no enemy activity in the area when the helicopter crashed Saturday, and the cause is being investigated.

Kandahar governor spokesman Javeed Faisal says the helicopter crashed in Daman district, a few kilometers (miles) west of Kandahar City.

Officials did not release the type of helicopter or nationalities of the casualties.

It's the second deadly helicopter crash in the south in a week. A Black Hawk crashed outside Kandahar City on Monday, killing five U.S. troops.

CHINA-US

NEW: New China premier pledges strong ties with US

BEIJING (AP) — China's new premier says his government is committed to strong relations with the U.S. and sees a strong outlook for trade and investment between the sides.

Li Keqiang told reporters at a Sunday news conference that despite their differences, conflict between the world's first and second largest economies is not inevitable. China's new leaders "attach great importance" to relations with the U.S. and will work with Barack Obama's administration to move ties into a new stage, Li said.

Two-way trade hit almost $500 billion last, although disputes linger over Chinese trade practices, opposition to Chinese investment in the U.S. and complaints over alleged Chinese computer hacking.

Li was speaking in his first news conference since being appointed premier last week with primary responsibility for running the Chinese economy.

CHINA-TIBET

Tibetan monk self-immolates inside China temple

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S.-backed broadcaster says a Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire inside a western Chinese monastery criticized by authorities.

Radio Free Asia said 28-year-old Lobsang Thokmey was the 108th Tibetan to have self-immolated in a string of protests against Chinese rule and religious restrictions starting in February 2009. His protest took place on the fifth anniversary of government killings in the area.

RFA said he set himself on fire inside his room in Kirti monastery in Aba county on Saturday. Carrying a Tibetan Buddhist prayer flag, he ran toward the monastery entrance before collapsing and was rushed to hospital where he died. Area officials declined to comment on the report.

Chinese authorities have accused overseas Tibetans of orchestrating immolations at Kirti and elsewhere, but have offered no solid evidence.


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