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Hoax e-mails claim senators have died

WASHINGTON

Hoax e-mails claim senators have died

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating hoax e-mails sent to news outlets and blogs that said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., had died. Some websites reported on the deaths Tuesday of Lautenberg and Leahy. The incorrect information continued to be repeated on Twitter late Wednesday, long after original sources had corrected it. A San Francisco television station reported Monday that a hoax e-mail said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had died. Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, also were targets of similar hoaxes. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police would not provide any details of the investigation.

Seattle

Coast Guard copter crashes, killing 3

Officials say three U.S. Coast Guard crew members are dead and one is in a Seattle hospital after a helicopter crash off the Washington coast. Rear Adm. Gary Blore said the four-member crew was based in Sitka, Alaska, and was returning there from Astoria, Ore., when it crashed Wednesday morning off James Island, near La Push, Wash., about 100 miles west of Seattle.

Chicago

Lawsuit challenges new gun laws

Four Chicago residents and the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers sued the city Wednesday over a tough new gun control ordinance put in place after the U.S. Supreme Court made a decades-old firearms ban unenforceable. The federal lawsuit claims the new ordinance infringes on residents' constitutional right to bear arms. City officials said the Supreme Court's rulings recognized that some restrictions on the possession of firearms are appropriate.

Elsewhere

Philadelphia: An amphibious sightseeing boat that stalled in the Delaware River was knocked over by an oncoming barge Wednesday, spilling 37 people overboard and leaving two passengers unaccounted for after a frantic rescue effort.

Los Angeles: Police arrested Lonnie Franklin Jr. in the city's "Grim Sleeper" serial killings Wednesday after decades of frustrated investigations into at least 11 slayings between 1985 and 2007, authorities said.

Phoenix: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer canceled an annual meeting of 10 Mexican and U.S. border state governors scheduled for later this year. Six governors from Mexico refused to attend because they object to Arizona's tough new immigration law.

Ohio: Authorities said a worker is missing and another is trapped after a roof collapsed at a sauerkraut factory in Fremont in northern Ohio.

France: Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, extradited to France 10 weeks ago after serving two decades in a U.S. prison, was convicted Wednesday of laundering drug money and ordered to spend seven years behind bars.

Thailand: Mikhail Vasillievich Pletnev, an acclaimed Russian pianist, conductor and founder of the Russian National Orchestra, was charged with raping a 14-year-old boy at a Thai beach resort, police said Wednesday. Pletnev said the charges were the result of a misunderstanding.

South Korea: Hundreds of computers that caused a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites in July 2009 launched new attacks on the same sites, but no major damage was reported, South Korean police said today.

Times wires

Hoax e-mails claim senators have died 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:01am]

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