By Riley Snyder RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday in a remote mountain range in Nevada were found alive on Tuesday huddled inside their overturned vehicle, a sheriff's dispatch supervisor said. The couple had taken their two children and the woman's niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said. On Tuesday, a volunteer rescuer using binoculars spotted the couple's overturned Jeep in a gravel pit about 17 miles from the town of Lovelock, said Paul Burke, search and rescue coordinator for the state of Nevada. The six were found in good condition and were treated at a nearby hospital for mild hypothermia, said Gail Powell, spokeswoman for the Nevada Division of Emergency Management.
At a hearing on Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board will examine if cockpit complacency caused an Asiana Airlines Inc's jetliner with 307 people aboard to crash land at San Francisco International Airport in July, killing three and injuring more than 180. Its 777 jetliner is a widely used, long-range aircraft that has logged nearly 5 million flights since it entered service in 1995 and holds the world record for distance by a commercial aircraft.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa.
US air accident investigators hold a hearing Wednesday into the role that sophisticated cockpit automation might have played in the fiery crash of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco. Three passengers died when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall, skidded out of control and burst into flames upon landing after an otherwise routine flight from Seoul on July 6. Another 182 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777 were injured -- and first indications suggested the pilots approached the runway at well below the optimum speed for landing. Wednesday's nearly 12-hour hearing was supposed to be a two-day affair, but its scheduled start Tuesday was postponed due to a federal government shutdown prompted by wintry weather in Washington.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Senate gave final congressional approval Tuesday to create the world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious experiment that will have the government oversee production, sales and consumption of a drug illegal almost everywhere else.
Uruguay's Senate has approved ground-breaking legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug. After a marathon debate, 16 leftist senators out of 29 lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of the legislation championed by President Jose Mujica, who must now sign it into law. Outside the Senate, hundreds of cannabis-smoking supporters launched fireworks in what they dubbed "the last march with illegal marijuana." "The war against drugs has failed," said Senator Roberto Conde as he presented the bill on behalf of the ruling leftist Broad Front, calling it an "unavoidable response" to that failure.
A world-renowned Indonesian wine dealer on trial in New York for selling counterfeit wine was millions of dollars in debt in the years before his arrest, prosecutors told his fraud trial on Tuesday. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, who has lived illegally in the United States since his asylum bid was rejected in 2003, is accused of blending ordinary wines into fake vintages in his California kitchen to sell to wealthy collectors. The place was covered with bottles at all stages of production and there was a "drying zone" according to FBI agent James Wynne who carried out the raid during Kurniawan's arrest in March 2012. Five years earlier, the man nicknamed "Dr Conti" for his love of Romanee Conti, the fine wine, was considered one of the five top wine collectors in the world, but he owed creditors millions of dollars, prosecutors told the second day of his trial.
Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson says no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns coach Mack Brown. Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified sources, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end. ''We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football,'' Patterson said. And, no decisions have been made.'' Joe Jamail, Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told The Associated Press on Tuesday: ''Mack Brown has not resigned.'' He says Brown's future with Texas is still up to the coach.
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had been talking trade with Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn for a month when he arrived at the winter meetings last weekend and sent a text to Angels counterpart Jerry Dipoto. ''Can I get your attention in that Trumbo deal for Skaggs and Eaton?'' he remembered writing. Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo.
About 90 minutes before tip-off between the Eastern Conference's two best teams, coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade would play. The 6-foot-4 guard went through a 20-minute workout before a final decision was made, but Wade said there was never any doubt in his mind that he would play. There were some questions about Wade's availability after he missed the team's morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Spoelstra added to the intrigue by playing it coy. Following the workout, Spoelstra said he expected everyone to play for the two-time defending NBA champs but that he wouldn't put it in ink until 45 minutes before tip-off.
A former Rutgers basketball player claims in a lawsuit that he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse at the hands of fired coach Mike Rice. Derrick Randall played for Rutgers from 2011 until last spring. He was seen in practice videos where players were shoved, kicked and berated by Rice. After the videos went public last spring, Rice was fired and athletic director Tim Pernetti and other school officials resigned.
With the winter meetings off to a slow start, Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York's baseball rivalry. Granderson was introduced by the Mets on Tuesday after completing a $60 million, four-year contract, a rare direct switch from the Yankees to their rival in Queens. ''A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets' fans,'' he said at a news conference. ''So I'm excited to get a chance to see them all out there.'' On the second day of the four-day swap session, there was talk of a possible three-team trade among Anaheim, Arizona and White Sox that would send Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, Hector Santiago to the Angels and Adam Eaton to Chicago.
The New York Yankees are sorry to see Robinson Cano go - not that they blame him. ''If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. ''If I was him, I would've done the same thing.'' The five-time All-Star agreed last week with the Mariners on a deal said to be worth $240 million over 10 year. That didn't surprise the Yankees, whose final offer was for $175 million over seven years.
Libra Martin, director of the Seneca County Victims Assistance Program, reads statements written by Tyeesha (Ferguson) Snowden and members of the Ferguson-Stowers family Friday morning during the sentencing hearing of Calvin B. Dixson in the Seneca County Court of Common Pleas.
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