3 dead, 4 rescued after Grand Canyon helicopter crash


3 dead, 4 rescued after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

PHOENIX

Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other people.

Six British tourists and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed under unknown circumstances Saturday evening on the Hualapai Nation’s land near Quartermaster Canyon, by the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. A witness said he saw flames and black smoke spewing from the crash site, heard explosions and saw victims who were bleeding and badly burned.

Blackout hits part of Puerto Rico after explosion, fire

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late Sunday after an explosion set off a big fire at a main power substation in the U.S. territory.

Officials with the island’s Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital of San Juan.

It was not immediately known what caused the fire, although officials said the explosion knocked two other substations offline and caused a total loss of 400 megawatts worth of generation.

“We are trying to restore that as quickly as possible,” the company said.

Wells Fargo sends 38,000 erroneous letters in auto flub

NEW YORK

Wells Fargo has made missteps in its efforts to make amends to customers who were forced to buy unneeded auto insurance.

Bank spokeswoman Catherine Pulley said 38,000 customers received a letter they did not need and that contained no refund. She said the error was due to a coding mistake caught by the vendor responsible for the communications.

“We will work with our vendor to ensure these customers receive the appropriate communication – including any refunds they’re eligible for,” Pulley said.

Takata settles with injured drivers to exit bankruptcy

NEW YORK

Takata Corp’s U.S. unit has reached a settlement with representatives of those injured by lethally defective air bags, paving the way for the company to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy and move forward with a reorganization plan, according to court documents.

The agreement among the Japanese auto-parts suppliers, injured drivers and creditors, was outlined in documents filed in a Delaware bankruptcy court. Two groups representing people suing over the air bags have dropped their opposition to the restructuring plan, according to the documents filed Saturday. Under the settlement, lawsuits will be resolved through a trust fund.

Average US gas price jumps 7 cents to $2.65 for regular

CAMARILLO, Calif.

The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 7 cents nationally over the past three weeks to $2.65.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the increase is due to higher crude-oil costs.

The current gas price is 34 cents above where it was a year ago.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.42 a gallon. The lowest was in Tucson, Ariz., at $2.26 a gallon.

Associated Press

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