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In brief: Civil rights leader honored in death

Tue., Oct. 25, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – As he fought discrimination in his native Alabama, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth endured bombs, beatings and the constant threat of death – the price of seeking change in one of the most violent cities of the segregated South.

On Monday, Birmingham said farewell to the fiery Baptist preacher, honoring him at his funeral as a liberator who helped free the community and the country.

Shuttlesworth was “one of the founding fathers of the new America,” who put his life on the line in the 1950s and 1960s to end segregation and racial discrimination, said Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.

“Birmingham is different today. Alabama is different today. America is different today, because this man passed our way,” Lewis said from a podium just a few feet above Shuttlesworth’s open casket. The two met in 1961 during the Freedom Rides.

Pilot evades harm in fighter jet crash

ALAMO, Nev. – An Air Force fighter jet crashed in a sparsely populated part of southern Nevada on Monday, but the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft and didn’t suffer any injuries, authorities said.

The F-15C Eagle from Nellis Air Force Base crashed on federal land northwest of Alamo, Nev., said Lt. Ken Lustig, an Air Force spokesman. Alamo is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.

Lustig didn’t have any details about the nature of the flight.

Teens arrested in student shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Two teenagers were in custody in the shooting of a 15-year-old fellow student who was wounded in the neck during a lunch period outside her North Carolina high school, and a sheriff said Monday the pair will be charged.

The 18-year-old and 15-year-old male suspects and the victim attend Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, Cumberland County Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler said at a news conference. Both suspects participated in the shooting and were being questioned, he said.

The victim was in stable condition after surgery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to Butler.

The sheriff said the two teens were apprehended with the help of surveillance video.

Around the nation

• Dr. Herbert Hauptman, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for his work uncovering the structure of molecules, has died. He had worked into his 90s at the research institute in Buffalo that now bears his name. He was 94 when he died Sunday.

• Florida’s GOP presidential primary will be a winner-take-all contest. Florida is losing half of its delegates because it bucked RNC rules by moving the primary date before March 6.

• Federal health officials said Monday that Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix did not increase psychiatric problems like depression and suicidal thoughts in two studies, though the findings are not definitive. The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating reports of mood disorders and erratic behavior among Chantix patients since 2007. The agency said in a statement that two federally funded studies involving more than 26,000 patients did not show an increased rate of psychiatric hospitalizations among Chantix patients, compared with those using nicotine patches and smoking cessation treatments.


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