'Miracle' plane to be displayed at N.C. museum
The plane whose splash landing was called "the Miracle on the Hudson" is set for its final destination: a North Carolina aviation museum. The Airbus A320 has been in storage in New Jersey since it was pulled from the Hudson River after the January 2009 splashdown. It has been acquired by a museum in Charlotte for an exhibit scheduled to open in January. The plane's wings are expected to be trucked to North Carolina within the coming weeks. The 120-foot-long fuselage will head south in June. All 155 people aboard US Airways Flight 1549 survived Capt. Chesley Sullenberger's water landing minutes after the plane left New York's LaGuardia Airport. The plane's interior is still littered with first-aid paraphernalia, life jackets and food and beverages still waiting to be served.
U.S. envoy quits after criticism
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, resigned Saturday following criticism by President Felipe Calderon, who said he had lost trust in the envoy and demanded his removal. Pascual's departure marks the first high-level U.S. diplomat to quit as a result of the release of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website. Calderon repeatedly voiced anger at U.S. diplomatic cables from Pascual and diplomats serving under him that questioned Calderon's anticrime strategy and criticized the effectiveness of Mexican security agencies. The resignation brings to an end the Cuban-born Pascual's 23-year career in the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He arrived in Mexico in 2009.
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Purple Heart coin will go to Giffords
An Arizona veteran who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq has given a special coin he received as part of his award to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Al Lee said the Arizona congresswoman, who is recovering after being shot in the head two months ago, was wounded in the line of duty — just like he was in Iraq in 2003, when he was an Army National Guard sergeant. The coin is engraved with Lee's rank and name, his unit of service — the 855th Military Police Company — and the date of his wounds, Sept. 28, 2003, from an improvised explosive device near Fallujah. Giffords' press secretary, C.J. Karamargin, plans to present it to her this weekend in Houston, where she continues to undergo rehabilitation. Six people died in the attack on Giffords.
Checkpoint puts 14 tour buses off road
A single checkpoint in a sting operation set up after a fatal tour bus crash in New York City resulted in 14 out of 14 buses ordered off the road, the Associated Press said it was told by an official familiar with the tour bus investigation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the sting after the crash last weekend in the Bronx that killed 15 people. New York police said they issued 54 criminal summonses at the checkpoint.
Spain: The Interior Ministry said six firefighters died when their helicopter crashed in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to fight a wildfire.
Serbia: About 7,000 antigovernment protesters angered by the country's economic crisis held a rally Saturday in Cacak demanding the pro-Western government call early elections.