GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — An entire tree fell onto a roller coaster's tracks in California, dislodging the front car and keeping nearly two dozen riders hanging 20 to 30 feet in the air for hours, according to the state agency that investigates workplace accidents.
No decision has been made yet on whether to send a group of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Britain this week for the plane's international debut at two air shows after the fleet was grounded in response to an engine fire, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Most of the 97 Lockheed Martin planes had been inspected by Monday. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said "a decision will be coming pretty soon." Four Marine Corps F-35Bs, which can take off from a short runway and land vertically, were in southern Maryland ready to travel to Britain, and a similar British F-35B was at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida ready to go. The F-35 had been scheduled to make its international debut at two air shows in England: the Farnborough International Airshow and the Royal International Air Tattoo.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor's report disclosed that a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by a Northern California sheriff's deputy who mistook a pellet gun for a real assault rifle was likely feeling the effects of marijuana when he was killed.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando opened on Tuesday to crowds of fans eager to be among the first to experience the theme park's Diagon Alley expansion based on J.K. Rowling's books and the popular films about the boy wizard. Fans began lining up before dawn for the public opening of the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley" attraction, modeled after the London shopping district for wizards that is featured in Rowling's book series. The area quickly filled to capacity, leading to staggered admissions into the self-contained attraction. "If we could give it a standing ovation, we would," Nikida Vaughn of Florida told the Orlando Sentinel after experiencing the interactive roller coaster.