Airline: Mechanical issue on plane sends 4 to hospital

Airline: Mechanical issue on plane sends 4 to hospital


American Airlines says a mechanical issue has forced a plane to return to the gate at Boston’s Logan Airport, and four people have been taken to hospitals to be evaluated.

WCVB-TV reports the airline says passengers reported an odor in the cabin Monday before the plane was scheduled to leave Boston. It was headed to Charlotte.

Officials say the plane returned to the gate and three crew members and a passenger were taken to hospitals.

The Massachusetts Port Authority confirmed that four people were transported.

The airline says the plane was taken out of service because of a mechanical issue and the passengers would be transported on a different plane.

9 deaths reported after inmates battle at Brazilian prison


Authorities in Brazil say a prison riot in the state of Goias has resulted in at least nine deaths and 14 injured people.

Officials told the Brazilian news site G1 that the violence at the Colonia Agroindustrial prison in the Aparecida de Goiania Complex apparently erupted when inmates from one cellblock invaded three others where prisoners from rival gangs are housed.

Local media said about 106 inmates escaped during the riot, but officials had recaptured 29. The reports said 127 other inmates fled during the violence but returned voluntarily.

About 40,000 French homes without power


French power grid company Enedis says about 40,000 homes are without power in France’s western region of Brittany due to winter storm Carmen.

The storm hit France’s Atlantic coast Monday as national weather service Meteo-France warned of gusts of winds up to 87 mph.

No major damage was observed at midday.

Seaside cities have canceled their traditional New Year swimming in the cold sea.

The storm is expected to move across the country later Monday and toward Germany overnight.

Officials offer winter driving tips


With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.

Cook County emergency management officials are advising drivers to keep winter kits in their cars. The kits should include a shovel, water, snack food, extra clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries and matches and small candles.

They’re also advising motorists to make sure gas tanks always are kept at least half full and to tell someone where you’re going and the likely route you take.

If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and run the engine for only 10 minutes an hour to conserve gas.

Brave souls make annual plunge


Several people have repeated an annual New Year’s Day tradition by plunging into Ohio’s Maumee River near Toledo.

The Blade reports temperatures hovered around 10 degrees Monday, much colder than last year.

The event takes place each January 1 in honor of the late Herb Mericle, a Waterville resident who did it for many years at exactly 2:30 p.m.

A planned polar bear plunge in Cleveland was cancelled because ice was too thick on Lake Erie.

Associated Press

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