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Emily kills four, but storm's damage less than expected

Haiti

EMILY KILLS FOUR, BUT DAMAGE LESS THAN EXPECTED

The tropical storm that brushed the southern coast of Hispaniola killed one person in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic, but spared the Caribbean nations the severe damage many feared, officials said Friday. Tropical Storm Emily threatened to soak more than 600,000 Haitians made homeless after last year's earthquake, but the tempest merely skirted the southern coast before it stalled at sea and dissipated. The National Hurricane Center said Friday that the remnants of Emily had a 70 percent chance of reforming as a tropical storm during the next 48 hours as it approached southern Florida.

Tacoma, WASH.

Soldier pleads guilty in attacks

An Army gunner who sought help in stopping a U.S. "kill team" targeting Afghanistan civilians for sport pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and is expected to testify against the sergeant who he said terrorized him into participating in 2010. Spc. Adam Winfield, 23, is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and is originally from Cape Coral. He received a three-year sentence but could have faced 17 years in prison. The guilty plea marked the eighth conviction among members of his platoon on various charges of conspiracy, murder and illegal drug use.

PHILADELPHIA

Plane evacuated after note found

Passengers aboard a US Airways flight that arrived Friday from Scotland were removed from the Boeing 757 because of a threatening note, and the plane was taken to another part of Philadelphia International Airport to be inspected, but nothing dangerous was found. Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said the examination of Flight 968 by law enforcement and explosives experts found nothing amiss and the plane would continue to Alaska. The 157 passengers and six crew members had boarded the flight when they were asked to deplane.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

Woman dies in flood while fleeing

Amid heavy downpours, two women suspected of shoplifting at a Charlotte coat store ran into a swollen, fast-moving stream on Friday. One woman drowned and the other was missing, authorities said. The torrential rains caused flash flooding, swamped drivers and forced residents to evacuate neighborhoods.

COVINGTON, La.

Sheriff says plot at school foiled

Authorities in suburban New Orleans said Friday they uncovered a plot by three teenagers for "an incredible and devastating" attack at their high school during the first day of classes. The 15-year-old boys at Lakeshore High School, who called themselves Day Zero, identified a student and a faculty member whom they planned to kill, Sheriff Jack Strain said. School begins on Monday.

Elsewhere

Ukraine: Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested in a courtroom Friday for contempt during her trial on what rights advocates say is a trumped-up charge that centers on whether a document was stamped correctly.

Chile: President Sebastian Pinera joined most of Chile's 33 rescued miners at a celebratory Mass on Friday, a year after the San Jose mine collapsed, trapping the men for 69 days.

Times wires

Emily kills four, but storm's damage less than expected 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 12:26am]

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