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Snowboarder may have caused Montana avalanche that injured three

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo and through a neighborhood northeast of downtown Missoula, several blocks from the University of Montana.

Snowboarder may have caused Montana avalanche that injured three

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo and through a neighborhood northeast of downtown Missoula, several blocks from the University of Montana.

Lac-Megantic mayor to potential railway owner: we want tracks out of our town

MONTREAL - A Quebec community still recovering from a fiery train disaster says it sent a clear message to the railroad's potential new owner: we want the tracks out of our town. A Lac-Megantic town official says Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche delivered the message this week during her first meeting with a representative for Fortress Investment Group, the winning bidder for the insolvent Montreal, Maine

West Virginia plans tourism campaign to beef up 'tarnished' image after chemical spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia officials want to put the shine back in the state's "Wild and Wonderful" tourism image after a chemical spill tainted the tap water for thousands of residents. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is talking with Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette and other tourism officials about developing a promotional message in the wake of the spill, said state Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver.

Short waiting list for 'Global Entry Pass' draws hundreds of travellers to New Mexico airport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A short waiting list is drawing hundreds of American tourists and businesspeople to Albuquerque to pick up preapproved clearance passes aimed at helping international travellers quickly move through customs. The "Global Entry Pass" lets low-risk travellers bypass the traditional U.S. Customs and Border Patrol inspection when arriving into the U.S. from abroad, and instead use kiosks to re-enter the country at select airports. The passes have been shown to reduce wait times by 70 per cent, officials said.

U.S. court voids Indiana school's short hair rule for boys

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court on Monday said an Indiana school district's policy requiring that boys who want to play interscholastic basketball cut their hair short violated federal equal protection laws. By a 2-1 vote, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling and ruled in favor of Patrick and Melissa Hayden, who had challenged a Greensburg, Indiana, school policy that restricted how their son and other boys wear their hair but did not similarly restrict girls.

Chicago, Detroit area land manufacturing institutes worth millions in public-private funds

CHICAGO - Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs. The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.

Coach to plead not guilty in Missouri girl's kidnap, murder: defense

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A seventh-grade football coach was ordered held without bail on Friday and will plead not guilty to the kidnap and murder of a 10-year-old girl snatched off a Springfield, Missouri, street and later found dead in his basement, his lawyer said. Craig Michael Wood, 45, accused of abducting Hailey Owens from a neighborhood in Springfield, made his first court appearance on Friday over a video monitor from the Greene County Jail.

Memphis depth evident in win over Rutgers

Memphis depth evident in win over Rutgers PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- With their top scorer, guard Joe Jackson, having an off night, the Memphis Tigers turned to a reserve for some much-needed offense against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday.

Mexico criticizes fatal San Diego border shooting

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Mexican government officials criticized the U.S. Border Patrol on Thursday for the fatal shooting of one of its citizens in a confrontation in Southern California this week, saying it opposed the use of lethal force in border control operations. A U.S. border agent shot and killed a Mexican man on Tuesday while on patrol near San Diego, after being pelted with rocks while trying to apprehend a group of suspected illegal border crossers. One of the rocks hit him in the head.
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