- - Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Obama to visit devastated city

President Obama said he will visit Missouri on Sunday to tour the devastation wrought by a tornado that killed more than 116 people in Joplin over the weekend.

Mr. Obama, speaking to reporters in London as he continues a weeklong European trip, said he wants to make sure those affected know that “the entire country is going to be behind them.”

“So far, we know that over 100 people lost their lives. Others remain missing, and hundreds more remain injured. And obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering at this moment,” Mr. Obama said. “All we can do is let them know that all of America cares deeply about them and that we are going to do absolutely everything we can to make sure that they recover.”

The tornado that ripped through Joplin on Sunday was one of the deadliest to strike the nation in more than 60 years. Emergency responders have been working around the clock to rescue survivors from the rubble.


NTSB: No definitive cause in crash that killed Stevens

JUNEAU — No definitive cause can be determined for the plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others last summer in Alaska, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The board agreed at a hearing in Washington that “temporary unresponsiveness” of the pilot could be to blame, but the reasons can’t be determined.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said it’s rare for so many people to work so long on an investigation without an agreed-upon conclusion.

Pilot Theron “Terry” Smith was among those killed in the Aug. 9 crash in southwest Alaska of the single-engine de Havilland Otter floatplane. Four people, including former NASA chief Sean O’Keefe and his son, also were injured when the plane slammed into a mountain an estimated 15 minutes into a flight bound for a fishing camp.

Last month, NTSB released hundreds of pages of documents stemming from its investigation, ranging from the pilot’s medical history to a review of weather conditions, analysis of the plane and interviews with the survivors.


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