Search teams found the wreckage of an Army Black Hawk helicopter reported missing during a training mission off Florida's Gulf Coast and were working to locate the bodies of 11 service members killed in the crash, U.S. officials said on Thursday. “At this point we are not hopeful for survivors, and we are transitioning our search and rescue operation to a recovery and safety investigation,” Air Force Colonel Monte Cannon told a news conference in Navarre, Florida. Seven Marines and four soldiers were on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that plunged into the Santa Rosa Sound along the Florida Panhandle during a training exercise in foggy conditions Tuesday night. The Louisiana National Guard said on Thursday that two of the soldiers' bodies had been recovered and the other two were likely still underwater in the wrecked aircraft.
The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida was carrying seven Marines from Special Operations Command forces based in North Carolina, and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. All are presumed dead.
By Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Importers of U.S. poultry, including top chicken buyer Mexico, on Thursday widened trade restrictions after bird flu was found in the heart of America's poultry region a day earlier. Major producers, which saw their share prices sink on Wednesday, worked to distance themselves from the infection in Arkansas. Meat company JBS SA said the virus would have little to no financial impact on the company and Sanderson Farms Inc assured investors that none of its flocks had been affected. The U.S. government on Wednesday confirmed the infection of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in turkeys in Arkansas, home to Tyson Foods Inc, the world's biggest chicken company.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Charges against a police officer who jumped on the hood of a car and fired the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed a pair of unarmed suspects should be dismissed because he believed his life was in danger, his attorneys said.
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment when one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers. Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun. He told me, 'You know, I'm serious, so don't be stupid,'" Meng, who works at a tech company that develops cell phone apps for ordering food, said in federal court in Boston. "After that, he asked me, 'Do you know the Boston Marathon explosion?' I said, 'Yes, I know.' He asked, 'Do you know who did it?' I said, "No, I don't.' He said.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cabela, a 1-year-old mixed breed dog who was rescued after being shot and tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, has captured a nation's heart, while police have announced four arrests in connection with the dog's abuse.