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Texan wears crown as Outstanding Teen



Published: Mon, August 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Texan wears crownas Outstanding Teen

Meghan Miller, 17, of Beaumont, Texas, is overjoyed after being chosen Miss America's Outstanding Teen. Deidre Downs, the reigning Miss America, pins the crown to Miller's hair. The contest was Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Miller used two ventriloquist dummies to sing Walt Disney tunes during the competition. She won $30,000 in scholarships.

Stones roll into Boston

BOSTON -- The Rolling Stones launched into "Start Me Up" to kick off their latest North American tour Sunday night at Boston's historic Fenway Park, a fitting venue and fitting opening song for the aging but irrepressible rockers. Mick Jagger appeared as spry as ever, strutting across the giant stage."It's great to be back in Boston," the 62-year-old lead singer told the crowd.

Thunderbirds cancel showafter jets touch in midair

CHICAGO -- The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled an aerial performance Sunday, a day after two of the group's F-16s touched each other in midair, sending an object from one of the planes plummeting into Lake Michigan. The aerial acrobatic team cut short their performance Saturday when two of the jets made contact while flying in a diamond formation. A 4-foot-long missile rail came loose from one of the wings and fell into the water 2,500 feet from spectators. The last time two Thunderbird jets were reported to have made contact in the air was in 1999.

Joan Baez joins protestat Bush's Crawford ranch

CRAWFORD, Texas -- Iraq war protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch are getting support from a prominent figure in the anti-Vietnam war movement: folk singer Joan Baez. "In the first march I went to [opposing Vietnam] there were 10 of us. This is huge," Baez told relatives of fallen U.S. soldiers Sunday as she prepared to perform a free evening concert in Bush's adopted hometown. The concert was expected to draw more than 1,000 people to a 1-acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war. Not far away, protesters continued a camp-out started by grieving mother Cindy Sheehan. Meanwhile, more Bush supporters arrived at a downtown pro-Bush camp. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 150 people had visited the large tent with "God Bless Our President!" and "God Bless Our Troops" banners and a life-size cardboard cutout of Bush.

Autopsies show crew,passengers died on impact

ATHENS, Greece -- Autopsies on 118 bodies recovered from the Aug. 14 plane crash near Athens show all passengers and crew died on impact, a chief state coroner said Sunday. The coroner, Fillippos Koutsaftis, said examination of DNA, tissue and dental records would continue in an effort to identify those bodies too badly damaged by the impact and the ensuing fire for families to recognize them. Helios Flight 522 had been flying from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Athens with 115 passengers and six crew when it crashed into a mountainous region near the village of Grammatiko, about 25 miles north of Athens, in Greece's worst air disaster. Three bodies have not been found.

Officials investigateamount of fuel on plane

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that a plane that crashed in Venezuela ran out of fuel before it plunged to the ground, but are considering a range of potential causes, an emergency official said Sunday. Shortly before Tuesday's crash, the pilot radioed authorities saying both engines had failed. All 152 passengers and eight crew members were killed on the flight from Panama to the French Caribbean island of Martinique. "The investigators are trying to determine if the accident was due to a technical or human problem," Venezuelan emergency agency chief Col. Antonio Rivero said in the western city of Maracaibo. "It also hasn't been ruled out whether or not there was a sufficient amount of fuel." Aviation officials in Panama said they believe the plane had plenty of fuel for the three-hour trip, and that they have found no evidence of fuel contamination.

Associated Press




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