- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

EAST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A teenager was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison for the shooting death of a Northeast Philadelphia shop owner. James Canady, 17, was convicted in February of first-degree murder in the death of Crescentville grocer Lu Jiaxing, 47, in August 2007. Canady cursed at the judge and prosecutor and spit in his attorney’s face as he was sentenced.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ State health officials said five people who died of a lung ailment linked to asbestos exposure were exposed at their jobs _ not where they lived. In a new report, the state found three of the five had worked at an asbestos mine, while the other two moved to Vermont after contracting asbestosis on the job elsewhere.

SOUTH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Fire destroyed a building near the University of Louisville campus, disrupting power to university buildings early Wednesday. Electricity was restored to the campus after the overnight outage. The burned building housed a land surveying and engineering firm. No one was injured.

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) _ Firefighters battled another blaze in a neighborhood where authorities say 27 fires have been reported over six months. No injuries have resulted from the fires, all of which struck vacant homes. Authorities believe at least some were set to send a message to law enforcement, which recently ran a large drug operation in the area.

MIDWEST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Teenagers would have to log at least 50 hours of supervised driving and wait longer before receiving a driver’s license under a bill now before the full Indiana House. A committee endorsed the bill, which would also ban drivers younger than 18 from using telecommunications devices while behind the wheel.

CLEVELAND (AP) _ When they make turns, the city’s public buses are now beeping automatically and the drivers are honking their horns, a few weeks after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a bus. But the steps to improve pedestrian safety were in the works for months and are “not a knee-jerk reaction” to the accident, said a spokesman for the Regional Transit Authority.

WEST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Falling mineral prices underlie an 11 percent decline in the value of state exports. According to state figures, exports fell to $3.6 billion last year. That’s still the fourth highest in state history. Zinc, lead and copper exports totaled $691 million, down from $1.3 billion in 2007. The biggest export was seafood at $1.8 billion, a 9 percent decline.

DRAPER, Utah (AP) _ Funding was eliminated for a unit at the Utah State Prison that takes an intensive look at defendants’ risks to the public before they are sentenced. The prison’s diagnostic unit will be officially closed by the end of June. A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections said the program has stopped accepting new defendants.

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