Gas Prices Down
NEW YORK (AP) - Motorists throughout the U.S. should have a little more money to spend on something else besides gasoline. AAA says the average price of gas has hit $3 a gallon, and it's expected to go even lower. This month, the price at the pump fell 33 cents, thanks mainly to dropping oil prices. The cheapest gas is in South Carolina and Tennessee, costing an average of $2.75 a gallon.
Police Barracks Shooter Appears In Court
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - Residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania community have had a chance to vent their anger at Eric Frein (freen), the man who's accused in the fatal shooting of a state trooper seven weeks ago.
As troopers led him away from his first court appearance today, onlookers shouted, "Why did you do it?" They had earlier jeered Frein as he arrived at the courthouse.
He wasn't asked to enter a plea today to charges including first-degree murder.
Frein was captured late yesterday near an abandoned hangar.
Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin says Frein's capture brought some comfort to the region after an "unimaginable loss of unspeakable proportions."
State police say troopers have been interviewing the 31-year-old survivalist but won't disclose details of what he's said or a possible motive.
Plane Crash Kills Four
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Crews in Kansas will begin recovering the bodies of the four people killed when a small plane crashed into a building at the airport in Wichita. A federal investigator says the pilot reported a problem with the aircraft's left engine soon after taking off from the airport yesterday morning. The dead are believed to be the pilot and three people who were in a flight simulator inside the building the plane hit.
Lava Flow Brings Out National Guard
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii National Guard is sending troops to the town of Pahoa, on the Big Island, as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community. More than 80 troops will help provide security and help with a roadblock and other safety issues. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been sliding toward the ocean since June. Last month, scientists said it was two weeks away from hitting Pahoa's main road. So far it's consumed a shed, but no homes.
More Mudslides Possible
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) - Authorities in Sri Lanka are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week and may have killed up to 200 people. Disaster officials say about 100 people died Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the tea plantation, but many villagers believe it was double that number.