ALLAGASH, Maine (AP) -- A van carrying migrant workers went off a one-lane bridge into a remote river in the northern Maine wilderness early Thursday and about a dozen people were missing, state police said.
At least one person survived the crash into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, but 13 others were unaccounted for, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The accident happened on John's Bridge, a one-lane wooden bridge with no railings at the mouth of the entrance to the waterway. The migrants apparently were working for a paper company, McCausland said.
High wind blamed for two deaths in New Jersey
Blustering wind blew down tree branches and tore down power lines across the Northeast, and two people were killed in New Jersey by falling debris.
The National Weather Service said wind gusts of more than 55 mph were reported in some places Wednesday as the region was caught between a high pressure system to the west and Hurricane Gustav to the east.
In Connecticut, authorities said about 120,000 customers had lost power at one point.
District Attorney: Three former Tyco executives to face charges
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities planned to file criminal charges Thursday against three former executives of Tyco International Inc., the Manhattan district attorney's office said.
District Attorney Robert Morgenthau reportedly planned to file fraud and larceny charges against former Tyco chief executive L. Dennis Kozlowski. Tyco's former chief financial officer Mark H. Swartz and former general counsel Mark A. Belnick also were expected to be charged.
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal first reported the expected charges Thursday.
The indictment is expected to accuse Swartz and Belnick of helping Kozlowski misappropriate millions of dollars of company money through unapproved and undisclosed payments and loans, the newspapers said.
Man convicted of murder for shooting wife through ceiling
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A drunk man who fired a gun into the floor and killed his wife downstairs was convicted of murder Wednesday.
A jury deliberated six hours before finding Donald Chase guilty of felony murder and aggravated assault. He faces an automatic life prison sentence.
Chase acknowledged firing the single shot that hit his 55-year-old wife in the head. He told police in a taped interview that he was "trying to be dramatic" as they quarreled over his drinking.
Reports of strange passenger behavior send jets back
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- Reports of strange passenger behavior led two commercial flights to make unscheduled landings Wednesday. Three men on one of the jets were arrested, but authorities said neither incident appeared to be related to terrorism.
In Arkansas, Northwest Airlines Flight 979, with 94 passengers and a crew of five, was diverted to Fort Smith, Ark., because four men behaved strangely, authorities said.
In Texas, American Airlines Flight 1702, with 50 passengers on board, returned to Bush Intercontinental in Houston after a flight attendant mistakenly thought a passenger had a knife in his pocket, authorities said. It turned out to be a folding comb, FBI spokesman Bob Doguim said.
Actress Kim Hunter, 79, dies
Los Angeles Times
Kim Hunter, the versatile stage and film actress who won 1951's Academy Award for best supporting actress as Stella Kowalski, Blanche DuBois' long-suffering sister in "A Streetcar Named Desire," died Wednesday in New York. She was 79.
Her death, in Greenwich Village, was caused by an apparent heart attack, according to her daughter, Kathryn Emmett.
Hunter played Dr. Zira, the chimpanzee psychiatrist in the 1968 science fiction classic "Planet of the Apes." She went on to appear in two sequels.
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