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24 trapped when hillside collapses

Wed., May 11, 2005

Shanghai, China Nearly a dozen homes built into hillside caves in northern China were buried when the soil above them collapsed, trapping 24 people, the government said today.

Bulldozers and trucks were still working early today to remove 23 million cubic feet of soil that collapsed late Monday in Qiaonan, a village in Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

It said 16 villagers survived the catastrophe, which destroyed 11 homes.

Mexican cops find car of murder suspect

Albuquerque, N.M. Police in Mexico on Tuesday found a Ford Mustang belonging to a man suspected of strangling his wife and fleeing with her 16-month-old boy.

Ivan Villa, 22, was believed to have been driving the car found in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, about 130 miles south of the couple’s Ruidoso home.

“We’re still investigating to determine whether he is inside or outside the country,” New Mexico state police Lt. Jimmy Glascock said.

Authorities said they were investigating a tip Tuesday afternoon that a man carrying a baby was seen walking across one of the international bridges from Ciudad Juarez to the United States. They were also looking for a white Cadillac Escalade with Texas plates that was spotted trying to tow away the Mustang.

Police on Sunday issued an Amber Alert for Justin Black, resulting in a nationwide search.

Justin disappeared sometime after police responded to a domestic dispute between his mother, Kristi Black, 19, and Villa, her husband, Sunday afternoon.

Several hours later, a friend went to the couple’s apartment and found Kristi Black’s body.

Jackson calls school incidents ‘terrorism’

St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday spoke at the Florida school where a 5-year-old girl was handcuffed and a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car, calling the incidents “acts of terrorism against citizens.”

Jackson said he intended to sue officials at Fairmount Park Elementary School on behalf of the children’s families.

Jackson said he had counseled the mother of E’Traveon Johnson, who was hit by a car last month and has remained in a coma. Jackson said poor supervision led to the accident.

The other case involved a 5-year-old girl whose March tantrum and cuffing by police was recorded on videotape and aired on national television. Black leaders have urged the police chief to punish officers involved in the incident.

Both students are black.

“These acts of terrorism against citizens must be stopped,” Jackson said. “We deserve swift and sure justice.”

6 hurt when planes collide on ground

Minneapolis A Northwest Airlines DC-9 that had reported hydraulic problems collided with another aircraft on the ground Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, injuring six people, officials said.

The six were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known, said Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Northwest released a statement saying several crew members were injured, but that no passengers were hurt.

Hogan said the DC-9 had flown in from Columbus, Ohio, and landed without incident when the pilot apparently lost control of the steering on the way to the gate. The plane collided with a Northwest Airbus backing away from another gate for takeoff.

Passengers on both planes were evacuated, Hogan said.

After the crash, the DC-9 appeared to be partially lodged underneath the Airbus. The top of the DC-9’s cockpit area had clipped the Airbus’ wing and was damaged.


 

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