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New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for 2015 unveiling: alumni

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach" is set to begin two years after his image was removed from Penn State University because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a long-time assistant coach.

Airport official: 15-year-old stowaway had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from plane

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday.

Teachers, staff return to Pittsburgh-area school where 22 stabbed

By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Teachers and staff returned on Monday to the Pittsburgh-area high school where a stabbing last week left 22 people injured, in preparation for the resumption of classes. Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. A 16-year-old student at the school, Alex Hribal, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Student stabs 20 people at Pittsburgh-area high school

Washington, Apr 9 (EFE).- Nineteen students and an adult were injured, at least seven of them seriously, when a teenage boy dressed in black and armed with knives attacked students and staff at a high school in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, officials said. "A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure," said the Westmoreland County school district in a statement posted on its Web site.

Student stabs 20 people at Pittsburgh-area high school

Washington, Apr 9 (EFE).- Nineteen students and an adult were injured, at least seven of them seriously, when a teenage boy dressed in black and armed with knives attacked students and staff at a high school in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, officials said. "A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure," said the Westmoreland County school district in a statement posted on its Web site.

Newark airport closes briefly after minor plane engine fire

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 flight was due to depart for Charlotte, North Carolina, when the fire broke out. 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.

'Non-politician' leads Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor

By Edith Honan YORK, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Four years ago, Pennsylvania businessman Tom Wolf abandoned a promising bid for governor to return to his family's building products company, a once successful business that was spiraling toward collapse after a sale to private investors.

Georgia lawmakers pass measure for Martin Luther King Jr statue

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers have passed a measure allowing a monument to be erected on the state Capitol grounds to honor late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a half century after the Georgia-born Nobel Peace Prize winner's assassination.

Tire blows out on passenger jet taking off from Philadelphia airport

(Reuters) - A tire blew out on a U.S. Airways plane with 154 passengers and crew on board as it was speeding down the runway at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, prompting the pilot to abort the takeoff, officials said. There were no reports of serious injuries in the early evening incident on Flight 1702 bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said two passengers were hospitalized, one with a minor injury and one with a minor illness.

Beer diplomacy: Obama loses bet to Canada PM

The White House will deliver two cases of beer to the Canadian Embassy on Monday after US President Barack Obama lost an Olympic ice hockey bet to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Canada's men beat their fierce local rivals 1-0 in the semi-finals in Sochi, Russia last month while the women's team stormed back to see off the US 3-2 and snatch gold. "Hey, @connect2canada! Look forward to delivering two freshly brewed cases of WH beer on Monday for @pmharper from POTUS," the White House National Security Council told the Canadian Embassy on Twitter.
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