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   What began as a river rescue is now a recovery operation.  

   A small fishing boat capsized on the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon, dumping two men and a 10 year old boy into the wind torn water.  

   A towboat crew found the boy and pulled him to safety.

   More than two dozen fire and rescue crews spent the day Sunday searching for the boy's step-father and another man, but both are still missing.  Hartford Fire Assistant Chief Bill Owens says they searched in the water and along the banks from Hartford, Illinois south to the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

   By Sunday afternoon Owens expressed little hope that the men would be found alive.  

   Owens says the boy was wearing a life jacket when he was pulled from the water.  It's not known if the men were wearing theirs, since two life jackets have been found in the area.

   Crews will resume searching Monday morning using sonar provided by the Illinois Conservation Department.  

 
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   Students at the Gateway Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) High School will find some upgrades when they arrive for classes Monday morning. The St. Louis magnet school was the beneficiary of a community service project that capped off the sixth annual Clinton Global Inititative University.  Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea led more than 700 volunteers in giving the school a makeover inside and out. 

   President Clinton carried his message to commit to action to St. Louis challenging students to find solutions to issues regarding human rights, public health, the environment, poverty, and education. Speaking at Gateway STEM high school, Clinton urged Americans to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

   "We need to produce, over the next decade, one million people trained in the STEM areas just to maintain our current position, never mind to recover the rate of economic growth and prosperity that the country needs," Clinton said.

   Volunteers spent the day Sunday painting, carpeting, weeding and planting gardens. 

   Gateway Principal Beth Bender says the improvements included the installation of over 80 solar panels as well as a place for students to grow vegitables.

   "The Washington University school of architecture and landscape design has designed these beautiful and very functional raised bed gardens so we can do some urban farming here in the city and our students can learn about that," Bender said.

   Bender says Clinton's project will have a big impact on her school.

 

 

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South Africans have given thanks in Sunday prayers for the improvement in the health of Nelson Mandela, the former president who was discharged from a hospital after treatment for pneumonia.

 

Members of an outdoor congregation in Johannesburg say 94-year-old Mandela was in their thoughts often during his most recent hospitalization. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was admitted to a hospital in the South African capital of Pretoria on the night of March 27 and was discharged on Saturday.

 

Knowledge Modisa, a South African advertising manager, says she and other worshippers have been putting Mandela "first" in their prayers.

 

Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the period of white racist rule that ended with his election to the presidency in a democratic vote in 1994.

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say they've arrested nine people, including builders, police officers and municipality officials, for colluding to illegally construct a residential building in India's financial capital that collapsed, killing 74 people.

 

Police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi says two builders were arrested for allegedly paying bribes to police and municipality officials to construct the eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane without any official sanction.

 

The building came crashing down on Thursday in the country's worst house collapse in recent decades.

 

Raghuvanshi said Sunday that police will formally charge the nine with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence at the end of an investigation into the accident.

 

If convicted, they can be sentenced to up to life in prison.

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