Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg slides to safety off airplane

WASHINGTON

Justice slides to safety off airplane

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 78 and has battled cancer, was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate a United Airlines flight at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said. Ginsburg was on her way from Washington to San Francisco and was not injured, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada. A pilot noticed a problem with the engine and ordered 179 passengers and six crew members to exit, said airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs. Three people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation. Ginsburg, the high court's oldest justice, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

Virginia Beach, VA

Robertson okays Alzheimer's divorce

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson told his 700 Club viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death." Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from the incurable neurological disorder. "I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her," Robertson said. The chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, which airs the "700 Club," said he wouldn't "put a guilt trip" on anyone who divorces a spouse who suffers from the illness, but added, "Get some ethicist besides me to give you the answer."

CHEYENNE, Wyo.

Former U.S. Sen. Wallop dies at 78

Former Sen. Malcolm Wallop, who died at age 78 Wednesday, was a leading conservative voice during the Reagan era in fighting for space defense and a tough anticommunist policy in Central America. Kerrie Kimmel of the Kane Funeral Home said Mr. Wallop died at his home near the community of Big Horn in northern Wyoming. Family friend and Cody Enterprise publisher Bruce McCormack said Mr. Wallop was ill for the last couple of years. Mr. Wallop served in the Senate from 1977 to 1995 and had an unusual resume. "He was part of a remarkable Wyoming congressional delegation back in the 1980s, along with Dick Cheney and Al Simpson, the three of them were just remarkably powerful and effective," McCormack said.

Elsewhere

Border crossing shuts: Three people were taken to hospitals after construction scaffolding collapsed on cars at the nation's busiest border crossing connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Fourteen other people who were injured were treated at the scene.

Ground turkey recalled: Cargill, the food company that recalled a record 36 million pounds of ground turkey last month because of salmonella, has announced another recall of 185,000 pounds of turkey for the same problem.

Times wires

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg slides to safety off airplane 09/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:40am]

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