February 15, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Three killed in helicopter crash

From Wire Reports
 

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PHOENIX – A helicopter crash just north of Phoenix killed at least three people on Sunday afternoon, including a child, and officials couldn’t rule out the possibility of more victims.

Residents in the area known as Cave Creek heard noises and saw parts flying off the helicopter before it crashed and burst into flames at about 3 p.m.

Authorities have identified three victims, said Deputy Lindsey Smith, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Knack leader dies after cancer battle

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit “My Sharona,” died Sunday. He was 57.

Fieger, a Detroit- area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack’s manager, Jake Hooker.

Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles in 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs.

Oil company exec killed in avalanche

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Bad weather Sunday grounded searchers seeking the body of a ConocoPhillips Alaska employee missing and presumed dead in an avalanche that killed the head of the company.

The avalanche at around noon Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula buried Jim Bowles, 57, head of ConocoPhillips Alaska, and Alan Gage, 39, part of the company’s capital projects team in Anchorage. Gage remains missing. The men were in a party of 12 snowmobilers in the Grandview wilderness area.

Oldest death row inmate dies at 94

FLORENCE, Ariz. – The oldest death row inmate in the U.S. has died of natural causes at age 94.

An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman said Viva Leroy Nash died late Friday at the state’s prison complex in Florence.

Nash was born in 1915 and had a criminal record dating to the 1930s.

He spent 25 years in prison for shooting a Connecticut police officer in 1947, and was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death in Salt Lake City in 1977. But he escaped from a prison work crew in October 1982 and fatally shot a Phoenix coin shop sales clerk a month later.

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