By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Two men were hospitalized after plunging nearly 500 feet into an Idaho canyon in the latest of a spate of accidents in the extreme sport known as BASE jumping, authorities said Tuesday. The incident at Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls on Monday came just a day after a man died in Utah's Zion National Park trying to BASE jump, a dangerous derivative of sky-diving in which participants leap from cliffs, high buildings or other structures while wearing parachutes. The Idaho jumpers, James Rawe, 24, and Austin Carey, 22, slipped off a bridge over the canyon and became entangled in their parachute, said Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lori Stewart.
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the community where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court temporarily stopped the judge's decision from taking effect. The appeals court cited the U.S. Supreme Court's granting of a stay after a federal judge last year overturned Utah's ban on gay weddings. Clerks immediately began issuing marriage licenses while Utah's attorney general appealed the ruling.
Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the main hubs serving New York City, closed for about 10 minutes on Tuesday afternoon after a minor fire broke out in or near the engine of a US Airways plane, an airport spokesman said. The plane taxied to the gate and was sprayed with water from trucks, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that runs the airport. Everyone stayed on the plane and no one was hurt, the Port Authority said. The airport reopened at 5:54 p.m. US Airways would not immediately comment on the incident.
Judge Thomas Hogan, who has been a federal judge in Washington, D.C., since 1982, will begin work as the presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, the court said in a statement. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has exclusive authority over the makeup of the 11-judge spy court, made the appointment.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just days after the official end of one of the snowiest winters on record, another storm began its trek up the Interstate 95 corridor Tuesday, blanketing Washington and dropping flurries in Philadelphia on its way to Cape Cod, which was expected to be hardest hit.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is marking a day of solidarity with the dozens of staffers around the world who remain in detention or in the hands of their abductors.
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A scientist working for the government had warned 15 years ago about the potential for a catastrophic landslide in the village where the collapse of a rain-soaked hillside over the weekend killed at least 14 people and left scores missing.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days after federal and state authorities raided the House speaker's office at the Rhode Island Statehouse, there is still little known about why, or what they were looking for.
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting those with patterns of safety problems, officials told the National Transportation Safety Board at its first-ever forum on safety on board the vessels.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Connolly thought he was doing everything by the book after a vacation last fall when he packed his handgun for the flight home from New York's LaGuardia Airport.
By John Shiffman PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 milessouth of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Nearby more rescuers stood by a replica of an apartment building damaged during the 2010 Christ Church, New Zealand earthquake. Not far from the collapsed buildings, rescuers prepared to work inside a life-size mock subway collapse. "I've seen a lot of sites around the world - this is the most complex site I've ever seen," said Chris Schaff, a Fairfax County Fire Department battalion chief and task force commander for USA-1, the elite international urban search and rescue team that is based outside Washington, D.C. "This is Disney for rescuers." This week of field training, the first of its kind at the Guardian Center to be open to the media, began Monday with the arrival of USA-1 from Fairfax.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding said a lawsuit challenging the ban degrades the U.S. Constitution and should be thrown out.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Provo-Orem metropolitan area sits at the top of a list of U.S. communities with the highest level of overall well-being, beating out sunny Honolulu and Boulder, Colorado, a recent survey conducted by Gallup-Healthways showed on Tuesday. The Provo-Orem area beat out 188 other communities for the top honor in a well-being index based on factors such as emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, healthy behaviors, community safety and access to food, shelter and health care. About 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, the Provo-Orem area of more than half a million residents is the third-largest metropolitan area in Mormon-dominated Utah. Provo Mayor John Curtis said the area's combination of affordable living, exceptional recreational opportunities, quality education and entrepreneurial business climate make the area a great place to live.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.
RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — A salvage team is being brought in to pull the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a southwestern Colorado reservoir.
The threat of flash floods loomed Tuesday as crews searched the area where a mile-long landslide destroyed a small community in Washington state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling about 90 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law but ended the day without reaching a verdict on charges he conspired to kill Americans and aid al-Qaida as its spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks.