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March 3, 2013, 8:57 am


Obama to tap Walmart's Burwell for budget chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will nominate Walmart's Sylvia Burwell as his budget chief.

Obama will announce Burwell's nomination Monday. Burwell runs the Walmart Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the retail giant.

Burwell previously served as the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration. If confirmed by the Senate, she would replace acting OMB director Jeffrey Zients.

The official requested anonymity in order to confirm the nomination ahead of Obama's announcement.


Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists say a baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured thanks to faster and stronger treatment than is usual for newborns.

Scientists at a major AIDS meeting say the Mississippi child is now 2½ and has been off HIV drugs for about a year with no signs of infection.

If the child remains healthy, it would mark only the world's second reported cure. Specialists say it offers promising clues for more research to fight pediatric HIV.

Doctors don't usually give high-dose treatment right after birth, before first confirming that a newborn really is infected.

Sunday's announcement in Atlanta suggests doing so in this case wiped out HIV before it could form hideouts in the body that usually reinfect anyone who stops medication.


UPDATE: Kellie Pickler drummer among injured in Ky. Crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler remains hospitalized in serious condition after a multiple vehicle crash in Kentucky.

Gregg Lohman of Goodlettsville, Tenn., was one of five people hospitalized in two crashes that happened within minutes of each other at the same spot on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky on Saturday. Six people were killed in one of the wrecks

A Kentucky State Police spokesman says Lohman, who also works as a music instructor at Tennessee State University, has head and neck injuries after a four-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes. It happened about 15 minutes after a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV on the northbound side of the highway.

Six people from rural Wisconsin were killed when the tractor-trailer rear-ended their Ford Expedition in the northbound lanes near Glendale, Ky.

The National Transportation Safety Board has consulted with law enforcement and doesn't currently plan to open an investigation.


Expectant parents die in NY crash; infant survives

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are still looking for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who witnesses say slammed into a car carrying a young pregnant woman and her husband and then fled the scene.

The couple, Nachman and Raizy Glauber, died in the crash but their baby boy was delivered alive. A neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents says the infant is in serious condition.

Authorities say the woman was feeling ill and was headed to the hospital with her husband early Sunday when the car they were riding in was hit at an intersection in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The Glaubers were married about a year ago and had begun a life together in Williamsburg, where Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbinical family.

Raised north of New York City in Monsey, N.Y., Nachman Glauber was studying at a rabbinical college nearby.

Jewish law calls for burial of the dead as soon as possible, and hours after their deaths, the Glaubers were mourned at a funeral Sunday afternoon.

Afterward, the cars carrying the bodies left and headed to Monsey, N.Y., where another service was planned in Nachman Glauber's hometown.


Most of Fla. house over sinkhole demolished

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) — Crews have razed more than half of the Tampa-area home perched over a huge sinkhole that swallowed a man three days ago.

They managed to salvage some keepsakes for family members who lived there.

The operator of the heavy equipment worked gingerly, first taking off a front wall. Family belongings were scooped onto the lawn gently in hopes of salvaging parts of the family's 40-year history in the home.

Demolition has stopped for the day and only a few walls of the home remain.

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says the remaining walls of the home would be knocked down Monday and then crews would turn to clearing the debris as much as possible to allow officials and engineers to see the sinkhole in the open. Officials also will determine what will happen to the two homes on either side of the demolished house.

Experts say the sinkhole has "compromised" those homes, but it's unclear whether steps can be taken to save them.


400 inmates fight at Arizona prison; 19 injured

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona prison complex remains on lockdown after a fight broke out among 400 inmates.

State Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says the staff quickly stopped the fight that broke out Sunday morning at a minimum-security unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.

Lamoreaux says two staffers suffered minor injuries and 17 inmates were taken to area hospitals with injuries. The extent of the inmates' injuries wasn't immediately available.

The prison is investigating the cause of the fight, which broke out in the Whetstone Unit. Nearly 1,250 prisoners are housed in that unit, which is one of eight at the prison.

Prison officials cancelled visitations for the day to the entire prison after the fight.


Man, 46, dies during Alcatraz triathlon in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say a 46-year-old Texas man died in the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay just moments after the start of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

Race officials said in a statement that they have reason to believe the man from Austin died of a massive heart attack in Sunday's race, which was held months earlier than previous years and in far colder waters.

The statement says the death is the first in the 33-year history of the event, which begins with a 1.5-mile swim from the site of the former federal prison followed by an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.

The unidentified man was pulled from the water and CPR was performed, but he could not be revived.


Storm to drop snow from ND into MN, IA, WI

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Another blast of winter weather is forecast to track from eastern North Dakota southeast overnight into Minnesota and Iowa.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from Sunday evening through Tuesday for a system that is expected to dump the heaviest amounts of snow in eastern North Dakota and across a swath of Minnesota including the Twin Cities, down into northeastern Iowa.

North Dakota could see 8 to 12 inches of snow, with the highest amounts in Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Mayville, Fargo and Wahpeton. Six to 10 inches with isolated amounts of 12 inches were forecast from central through southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin into northern Iowa.


Snow kills 8 in Japan, including family in car

TOKYO (AP) — Heavy snow that fell on the main northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend has killed eight people, including a family whose car got buried.

Kyodo news service says Kazuyo Miyashita and her three children died at a hospital Saturday night of carbon-monoxide poisoning after their vehicle got buried in the snow. Her daughters were 17 and 14, and her son was 11.

Separately, 23-year-old Haruna Kitagawa froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow. Kyodo said a 53-year-old man died Sunday after getting buried in the snow, although his 9-year-old daughter found with him was recovering.

Two other men were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido and were confirmed dead.


Bus rolls off highway in Nepal, killing 15 people

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus carrying a wedding party has rolled off a mountain highway in Nepal, killing 15 people and injuring another 22.

Government administrator Navraj Baral says the bus veered off the Sidhartha highway near Chiripani village Sunday night and rolled for 300 meters (1,000 feet). Police and local villagers managed to help the injured and transport them to hospitals in nearby cities.

Police are investigating the accident. Both the bride and groom survived the accident but are badly hurt.

Accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles.


NEW: Odor prompts United flight to divert to Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — A United Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles has been diverted to Cleveland because of an electrical smell, causing a celebrity passenger to tweet that perhaps she should be on the comedy "Hot in Cleveland."

WEWS-TV reports that "Body of Proof" star Dana Delany was on Flight 132 from Kennedy International Airport Sunday when someone reported a smell coming from a cabin. The plane was diverted to Cleveland at about 5:45 p.m., where airport officials said maintenance workers checked the aircraft but did not find anything.

Delany tweeted about the incident saying, "Maybe being stranded in Cleveland is a sign that I should be on (at)hotnclevelandtv. (at)bettymwhite where are you?" and "Emergency landing on (at)United in Cleveland. Who's couch can I crash on?!?"

There were no injuries. It wasn't immediately known when the plane took off again.

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