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3 tourists killed in helicopter crash


Published: Sat, September 24, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


3 tourists killedin helicopter crash
HAENA, Hawaii -- A tour helicopter crashed into the ocean near Kauai's rugged Na Pali Coast, killing three people and leaving three others in the waves to swim to shore.
The three survivors reached a reef near the mouth of a stream, where two waited for water safety officers to rescue them and the third made it to the beach, said Mary Daubert, Kauai County spokeswoman.
Another man and a woman were pulled from the water by Navy helicopters shortly after the crash Friday afternoon but were pronounced dead at a hospital.
The other victim was found dead inside the helicopter.
Abducted teen is victimin murder-suicide
ADA, Okla. -- A teenager who was abducted as she left school last week was found shot to death Saturday along with a man her mother had once dated.
Authorities said it appeared to be a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Caitlin Elizabeth Wooten, 16, and Jerry Don Savage, 47, were spotted from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter, said city spokesman Mark Bratcher.
Savage, who had dated the girl's mother, Donna Wooten, reportedly called the girl's grandmother Friday afternoon and threatened to harm Caitlin, Bratcher said.
He said Savage was recently arrested on charges of attempting to kidnap Donna Wooten.
Wooten obtained a protective order against Savage on Aug. 30, court records show, but he was out of jail on bond when Caitlin disappeared.
Sen. Clinton opposesmuseum at ground zero
NEW YORK -- Sen. Hillary Clinton is opposing a freedom museum planned for ground zero, citing concerns raised by the families of the World Trade Center victims who say the proposed museum would dishonor the dead.The International Freedom Center last week released a report saying the museum "will tangibly link Sept. 11 and the lives of its victims to humanity's greatest idea: freedom."
Three die when chopper crashes at fall festival
CABLE, Wis. -- A helicopter giving rides at a fall festival hit a power line and crashed into a northern Wisconsin lake Saturday, killing the pilot, a woman and her teenage son, authorities said. The helicopter took off from FallFest in Cable, about 12 miles south of the crash site, Bayfield County Sheriff Robert Follis said. An off-duty deputy heard the crash, called 911 and headed to the lake about a mile away to try to help, Follis said. Killed were pilot, Mark Gerard Blanchard, 27, from Portland, Ore., and Marnie Beth Ruliffson, 44, and her 13-year-old son Andrew Thomas Stockwell, who were from Shorewood, Minn., Follis said.
Car bomb explodesin Spain; no one hurt
MADRID, Spain -- A car bomb exploded in an industrial area of the central Spanish province of Avila on Saturday, after a call from Basque separatists, the Interior Ministry said. There were no injuries reported. The blast occurred just after 10 p.m. and caused serious damage to three warehouses in an industrial park near the town of Berrocalejo de Aragona, according to the Interior Ministry office in the regional capital, Valladolid.
About a half-hour before, a call was placed to two pro-independence newspapers in the Basque region, the head of the office, Miguel Alejo Vicente, said by telephone. At the time, the park was virtually deserted, and there were no known injuries, he said.
Defiance in Haitiover ballot rejection
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A wealthy U.S. businessman whose bid to run for president of Haiti was rejected by electoral authorities defiantly pledged Saturday to fight for a spot on the ballot in his native country's first election since the February 2004 ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Dumarsais Simeus, owner of one of the largest black-owned business in the United States, said he has appealed to the Provisional Electoral Council to reverse its decision to strike his name from the list of presidential candidates in the Nov. 20 election and will do "everything possible," including filing a legal challenge if necessary, to participate in the race.
Conference in Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Scholars held the first public discussions in Turkey on Saturday about the early 20th-century massacre of Armenians, choosing words carefully, avoiding emotional language and picking apart history year by year at a gathering that nationalists denounced as traitorous.
The European Union called the academic conference a test of freedom of expression in Turkey, which is hoping to begin talks for membership in the bloc next month.
Associated Press


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