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May 28, 2013, 9:01 am


Ex-Div. II champ QB found death in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a former college football quarterback who went missing over the weekend has been found dead in Michigan.

Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson says Cullen Finnerty's body was found Tuesday night. Robinson says the cause of death isn't yet known, but authorities don't suspect foul play.

Finnerty led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national titles and more than 50 wins during his four years as a starter in Allendale, Mich., last decade.

Authorities have said family members had expressed concern that the 30-year-old may have suffered "a mental episode" before going missing Sunday while fishing along the Baldwin River.


Derailment, blast crumple buildings near Baltimore

WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) — The fire chief says no toxic inhalants are burning at the site of a freight train derailment outside Baltimore.

Baltimore County Fire Chief John J. Hohman said at a news conference Tuesday that fire crews would let the fire on two remaining cars burn out.

CSX spokesman Gary Sease says in an email that sodium chlorate is on one of the trains.

He says the Department of Transportation classifies it as a hazardous material.

But Hohman says the chemical is not in one of the cars that is burning. Fire officials did not order an evacuation.

They had advised anyone within 20 blocks who can see the smoke to leave but said later people could stay.

The derailment in White Marsh led to an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and collapsed nearby buildings.


Partisan showdown looms over DC circuit nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A partisan showdown is looming over what is known as the nation's second-highest court.

President Barack Obama is poised to nominate as many as three people for the understaffed U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Meanwhile, Republicans are proposing to distribute the court's vacancies to other parts of the country.

The District of Columbia Circuit is at the center of years of wrangling between the White House and the Senate because it has so much influence. Many cases relate to the balance of power in Washington and review of actions by federal agencies that affect health, safety and the environment.

White House officials say they have been vetting four candidates for the vacancies and expect Obama to pick among them for nominations as early as this week.


NATO leader to meet with Obama on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN'-derz fohg RAHS'-moo-sihn) will visit the White House on Friday.

The White House said Tuesday that Rasmussen and President Barack Obama will discuss security issues, including Afghanistan, where NATO and the U.S. are preparing for the final withdrawal of international combat troops by the end of 2014. They'll also discuss defense capabilities for allies and the sharing of the burden of improving security on both sides of the Atlantic.

The White House said the visit speaks to a common commitment for dealing with challenges in places ranging from the Balkans to the Indian Ocean.


NEW: Mosque, orphanage burned in Myanmar violence

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A police officer and a monk in the remote Myanmar city of Lashio have confirmed that a mob burned down a mosque, a Muslim orphanage and shops in the northeastern town after rumors spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.

According to the policeman and the Buddhist monk contacted by telephone Wednesday morning there were no fatalities after violence erupted the night before in the northeastern city.

Deadly sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims has broken out since last year in other parts of the country, first in a western region then in central towns.

The new flare-up will reinforce doubts that President Thein Sein's government can or will act to contain the violence.


NEW: Mass. Gov. signs bill honoring slain officer

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill that would allow an MIT police officer allegedly slain by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing to be posthumously appointed to a suburban Boston police department.

Sean Collier had been offered a job and was planning to join the Somerville Police Department before he was fatally shot while sitting in his police cruiser on April 18. Authorities say he was killed by the two men suspected in the twin bombing, which happened three days earlier.

Patrick on Tuesday called the 27-year-old Collier a "true hero" and said the appointment was a "small token to honor his memory and his sacrifice."

The Legislature approved the bill, which allows Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone (Kur-tah-TOH'-nee) to appoint Collier to the force.

Curtatone said Collier would have been sworn in next week.


Firefighters battle new Calif. wildfire

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a new wildfire pushed along by heavy gusts of wind in the wine country hills northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Sadecki says the fast-moving grass fire erupted at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday and rapidly grew from 2 acres to 170 acres, jumping Highway 154 and 246.

The fire is not contained, but Sadecki says dozens of firefighters and two water-dropping helicopters have stopped its forward movement. He says the fire is being driven by wind gusts up to 50 mph and hot, dry conditions.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sent out an evacuation warning to the roughly 2,000 people living in the area. Santa Ynez is home to many horse ranches and vineyards.


UPDATE: Tropical Storm Barbara nears southern Mexico coast

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for coastal areas in the southernmost parts of Mexico after a storm formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center said late Tuesday that Tropical Storm Barbara was about 120 miles (193 kilometers) south-southwest of Salina Cruz, Mexico.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) and was moving north-northeast at 3 mph.

However, forecasters said the storm is expected to strengthen over the next day or two. The storm's center should reach the coast of southern Mexico during the day on Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect in Mexico from Lagunas de Chacahua to Boca de Pijijiapan.

The storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over southern Oaxaca, Mexico.


UPDATE: Tropical Storm forms off Mexico's Pacific coast

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm has formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean, bringing a storm warning for coastal areas in the southernmost parts of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday evening that Tropical Storm Barbara was about 145 miles (233 kilometers) south-southwest of Salina Cruz, Mexico.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph) and is standing still.

However, forecasters said the storm is expected to strengthen and should begin moving northward soon, bringing it to the coast of Mexico on Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect in Mexico from Lagunas de Chacahua to Boca de Pijijiapan.

The storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over southern Oaxaca, Mexico, with a few pockets getting as much as 10 inches.


Miss. unveils marker for 1963 civil rights sit-in

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has unveiled a historical marker commemorating the sit-in that took place 50 years earlier at a segregated lunch counter in downtown Jackson.

The Woolworth's where the sit-in happened has been gone for decades. But, social changes prompted by the civil rights movement are very much in evidence in a state with a large number of black elected officials.

A racially mixed group of Tougaloo College students and faculty members participated in the sit-in on May 28, 1963. They were attacked by an angry white mob. Some were beaten. Others were doused with ketchup, mustard and sugar.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson says the peaceful protesters risked their lives but, "they changed America."

The historical marker unveiled Tuesday is off Capitol Street, two blocks west of the Governor's Mansion.

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