January 1, 2009 in Nation/World

Woman gives birth over Atlantic ocean

 

There were 124 passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 59 when it left the Netherlands. There were 125 when it landed in Boston.

Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport, says a woman went into labor and gave birth to an apparently healthy baby girl over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday during the eight-hour flight from Amsterdam.

Orlandella said a doctor and a paramedic who were on the flight assisted in the birth.

Orlandella said he did not know the nationality of the mother, but said for customs’ purposes the baby was considered a Canadian citizen because she was born over Canada’s airspace.

Anchorage, Alaska

Palin clarifies schooling questions

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says her future son-in-law is not a high school dropout as the press is reporting.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate told the Associated Press on Wednesday that 18-year-old Levi Johnston is enrolled in high school through a correspondence program.

Palin said some media outlets also are erroneously reporting that her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, is a high school dropout. The governor said her daughter is enrolled in regular high school and also has taken correspondence courses.

Bristol Palin and Johnston are the parents of Sarah Palin’s first grandchild, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, who was born Saturday. Johnston has said he and Bristol plan to marry.

RACINE, Wis.

Police: Food thief went high-end

A suspected grocery thief apparently still has a taste for finer cuisine, even in the struggling economy.

Police in Racine, Wis., say 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries. The total included $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts. Workers told police they saw Rubenstein fill his cart with lobster tails and beef cuts, as well as a smoked ham, apple pie and fruit platter. He was arrested Dec. 23 and charged Friday with misdemeanor retail theft.

Police say he told investigators times are tough.

From wire reports


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