The University of Alabama confirmed Thursday that a 21-year-old member of its swim team, John Servati of Tupelo, Miss., was killed Monday night when storms swept through the city.
Tuscaloosa city spokeswoman Deidre Stalnaker said Servati, a dean's list student, was taking shelter in the basement of a house off campus when a retaining wall collapsed.
Anna Rae Gwarjanksi, a senior swimmer at the school, tweeted that Servati died a hero and held up a "concrete wall long enough for his girlfriend to get out from under it before it collapsed again on him."
Phillip Deaton, the captain of the school's swim team, told The Tuscaloosa News that "John was a hero every day, just constantly doing great things, so the fact that he did that doesn't surprise me at all."
He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stalnaker said the accident happened at a home on 22nd Avenue about 10:30 p.m. when the city was under a tornado warning.
Servati competed in three events at the Southeastern Conference championships last year. He was a dean’s list student and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokesman Brian Corbett says the student is one of three weather-related deaths in Alabama. The others were in Limestone County.
A Pennsylvania groom almost had to cancel his wedding after experiencing a serious health problem prior to the ceremony -- and it wasn’t cold feet.
Robert Adams of North Huntingdon was preparing to go get married to fiancée Mary Pizzuto when he suffered what he thought was an anxiety attack.
As it turns out, it was something much more serious.
"I thought it was anxiety and the next thing I knew, I was having a medical problem," the 68-year-old told WTAE. "I was all dressed up in my suit and tie, which is a rarity, to get married. But it didn't work out that way."
Adams was brought to the Forbes Hospital emergency room to be treated for a heart attack and Pizzuto came along.
“The EMTs said I had to go to the hospital. I originally said, ‘Nope.' I wanted to go ahead with the ceremony first, but I asked Rev. (John) Gropp to come along, and he said that was no problem because it was on his way home to Duquesne,” Adams told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I love her. I wanted to go ahead with it.”
Gropp performed the ceremony in the ER while Pizzuto (now Mrs. Adams) clutched a bridal bouquet made of rubber gloves, drink straws, cardboard and blue paper.
“I reminded the pastor we weren't there for last rites, but marriage vows,” Adams said. “I always like to have a little fun.”
A woman caught on an Ohio cemetery surveillance video taking a toy duck off the grave of a 14-month-old boy has been charged with petty theft, police said on Friday.
Police in Ontario, Ohio, had tried for nearly two years to capture a clear image of someone who was taking mementos from the boy's grave. They finally got that image on Saturday and posted it to the police Facebook page.
Thousands of comments came in on the video showing a woman leaving the gravesite with a stuffed duck that had been placed there just hours before by the toddler's parents. Some of the posts identified the woman as Frieda Kay Shade, 54, Ontario police Detective Jon Sigler said.
The theft of toys and solar-cell lights from Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan's grave started in 2007, soon after he died and was buried at a cemetery in Mansfield, a town next to Ontario, Sigler said. Mementos left at other graves nearby remained undisturbed, making the family feel targeted, he said.
"When the family came to me, you could see the pain on their faces. It is such a sad story," Sigler said in a telephone interview. "It hit us the same way it hit everyone else, that this is crazy."
After several people identified the woman from the video, Sigler said he went to Shade's Facebook page and saw images of her wearing the same clothes as seen in cemetery surveillance tapes.
Shade turned herself in Wednesday and told police she saw an "aggressive dog" digging up flowers at the cemetery and placed the toy on top of a garbage can to keep it safe.
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North Korea says it has detained an American for what it called improper behavior while the man was being processed to enter the country as a tourist.
The official Korean Central News Agency identified the man as Miller Matthew Todd, 24, and said he entered the country on April 10 with a tourist visa, but tore it up and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.
It said the man is being investigated after authorities detained him for "gross violation" of North Korea's legal order.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the U.S. is aware of reports that an American was detained in North Korea, but could not comment on any specific case.
“As you all know, there is no greater priority to us than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens. We don't have additional information to share at this time. We have been in touch with the embassy of Sweden about these reports. As you know Sweden is our protecting power in North Korea,” Psaki said.
The announcement of the detainment came as President Barack Obama was visiting rival South Korea. Obama has threatened tougher sanctions if North Korea follows through with a fourth nuclear test.
North Korea has been holding Korean-American missionary, Kenneth Bae, since 2012.
Bae, 45, was arrested in November 2012 while leading a tour group in North Korea. He was accused by the North Korean government of crimes against the state and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Bae's family and the U.S. State Department have repeatedly called for his release on humanitarian grounds, citing his failing health.
SEOUL, South Korea – All 15 people involved in navigating the South Korean ferry that sank and left 302 people dead or missing are now in custody after authorities on Saturday detained four more crew members, a prosecutor said.
Yang Jung-jin of the joint investigation team said two helmsmen and two members of the steering crew were taken in on preliminary arrest warrants issued late Friday. Eleven other crew members, including the captain, had been formally arrested earlier.
All are accused of negligence and of failing to help passengers in need as the ferry Sewol sank April 16. The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms and took half an hour to issue an evacuation order, by which time the ship was tilting too severely for many people to get out.
Ten days after the sinking, 187 bodies have been recovered and 115 people remain missing. Only 174 people survived, including 22 of the 29 crew members.
The seven crew members who have not been arrested or detained held non-marine jobs such as chef or steward, Yang said in a telephone interview from Mokpo, the southern city near the wreck site where prosecutors are based. A court hearing was being held to determine whether formal arrest warrants will be issued against the four crew members arrested Saturday.
Capt. Lee Joon-seok told reporters after his arrest that he withheld the evacuation order because rescuers had yet to arrive and he feared for passengers' safety in the cold water. Crew members have also defended their actions.
Helmsman Oh Yong-seok, one of those arrested Saturday, has said he and several crew members did their best to save people. He said that he and four crew members worked from nearby boats to smash windows on ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said.
The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip.
His journey has raised concerns about airport security.
The boy told investigators in Maui that he sneaked into the San Jose International Airport overnight and chose a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 at random, climbing into its rear left wheel well and falling asleep, said FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.
It was unclear how long the teen spent in the plane before take-off, but Simon said it was "enough for him to get a decent night's sleep."
Citing law enforcement officials, CNN reported that the boy was trying to travel to Somalia to see his mother. A local CBS-affiliate reported that he was living with his father in Santa Clara, but his mother lives in the Horn of Africa nation.
The Hawaiian Airlines flight took off at 7:55 a.m. Pacific Time and landed in Maui just over 5 and a half hours later, said airline spokeswoman Alison Croyle. San Jose airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes could not say how long the teen might have spent at the facility.
No surveillance footage exists of the boy climbing over a security fence at the airport, although footage does show an unidentified person approaching the Hawaiian Airlines plane in the dark, Barnes said.
The Transportation Security Administration has deemed the video sensitive security information and prohibited airport officials from releasing it, Barnes said. A TSA ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
A teen who was arrested for driving with a suspended license is now facing felony charges after officers from the Kingsport Police Department discovered something on private during processing -- actually in her privates.
While Dallas Archer was being booked, the Kingsport Times-News reported that a female officer detected an "unknown item in (Archer's) crotch."
As it turns out, the 19-year-old had a stolen -- and loaded -- gun stashed in her private.
According to the report, a jailer and the female officer “recovered a North American Arms 22 LR revolver (loaded) which Dallas had concealed in her private."
In addition to the original charge, Archer was charged with gun possession and introducing contraband into a penal facility.
The gun was stolen from 70-year-old John Souther during a 2013 auto burglary. Souther told the Smoking Gun he would be happy to have “the little fellow” back after giving it “a bath in bleach.”
Divers swam through the water Wednesday searching for the bodies of children in cabins and corridors of the sunken South Korean ferry.
According to Reuters, the divers can only see a few inches in front of them in the wreckage of the ship.
Most of the bodies found had broken fingers, presumably from children frantically trying to climb walls or floors to escape, local media reported, according to Reuters.
"We are trained for hostile environments, but it's hard to be brave when we meet bodies in dark water," diver Hwang Dae-sik told Reuters.
A maritime professor, who spoke with the third mate who was steering the ferry before it sank, said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.
Prof. Kim Woo-Sook of Mokpo National Maritime University is a former teacher of the third mate, Park Han-gyeol. She was arrested Saturday in connection with the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing.
Kim talked to Park at a Mokpo detention facility. He said she told him she ordered a helmsman to make a 5-degree turn that was part of the ship's normal course, but the steering gear turned too far and the helmsman could not turn it back. Tracking data show that the ship made a 45-degree turn, and that it turned about 180 degrees over about three minutes just before it began to sink April 16.
Prosecutors have said they are trying to determine the disaster's cause by examining the turn and other factors, including wind, currents, freight and modifications made to the ship.
Kim said he suspects a problem in the steering gear was behind the ship's sinking, together with freight that was reportedly secured too loosely. He cited reports that the ship's turn led ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
PORT ALICE, British Columbia – A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. There was no danger of a tsunami, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
The quake hit at 8:10 p.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia, and about 280 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington. It occurred at a depth of 7 miles.
It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 and 4.2, the USGS said.
Port Hardy resident Jennifer Nickerson said the quake caused lights to sway and the fish tank in the hotel where she works to rock.
In less than two hours, more than 650 people in nearly three dozen cities logged on to the earthquake information site to report feeling the quake.
The online reports came from as far away as Kelowna in south-central British Columbia and the Seattle suburbs of Auburn and Bellevue, said USGS geophysicist Dale Grant in the Golden, Colorado, earthquake information center. None of the online comments reported damage, Grant said.
The quake was the strongest in the area since another 6.6 on Nov. 2, 2004, Grant said.
A man who competed for “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman’s affection has died after a paragliding accident during which his parachute collapsed and he crashed into a hillside.
Chris Harrison, who hosts the reality show, took to Twitter to confirm the news and comment on the passing of contestant Eric Hill.
"On behalf of all of us at The Bachelor our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Eric Hill. He will be missed," Harrison wrote.
The producers of the show also reacted to the news in a statement sent to FOX411.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill. Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful. On behalf of our cast, crew and producers, we send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to Eric’s family during this difficult time.”
Hill's sister first announced his death via Facebook, writing: "Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away."
He died after being transported by helicopter to a Utah hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, Us Weekly reported. Utah’s Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton spoke to the magazine about the accident.
"Due to the slope of the hill, we had a difficult time getting the patient down, so we called in a technical rescue team and some technical medical specialists," Anderton told the magazine prior to Hill's death.
“Bachelor” blogger Reality Steve, who is known for his spoilers about the show, reported that Hill was vying for Dorfman's affection in the upcoming season and was awarded the first one-on-one date ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)