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NY court weighs 'too intoxicated' murder defense

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:20 Published in National News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Three people convicted of murder in deadly crashes want New York's highest court to throw out their convictions, arguing they were too intoxicated to know the threat to others.

The Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from the attorneys for Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson.

Heidgen killed a limousine driver and a 7-year-old passenger in a wrong-way crash on Long Island's Meadowbrook State Parkway in 2005. His blood alcohol content was 0.28 percent.

Taylor sped 80 mph down a Staten Island street without headlights, ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. She had taken Ecstasy, smoked marijuana and drank beer.

McPherson drove the wrong way on Long Island's Southern State Parkway in 2007 and killed another driver. His BAC was 0.19 percent.

Rulings are expected next month.

Food bank to help furloughed Grand Canyon workers

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:19 Published in National News

TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona food bank has delivered more than 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park and a gateway community to help out government and concession workers who have been furloughed from their jobs.

The Grand Canyon is closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown.

The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Mary's Food Bank for help. The Rev. Patrick Dotson says many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families.

The food bank trucked the boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon's South Rim and then inside the park.

Tusayan business owners also held a protest Tuesday against the Grand Canyon's continued closure.

Soldier from Springfield killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:13 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man is one of four soldiers killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

The Army announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Special Agent Joseph M. Peters and the three other soldiers died Sunday in Kandahar Province when their unit was hit by an improvised explosive device.

Peters was assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion from Vicenza, Italy. He was a special agent assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment.

He served two deployments in Iraq before being assigned to Afghanistan.

Peters is survived by a wife and 20-month-old son.

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