- - Sunday, November 18, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire that killed one of his colleagues, doctors said one of four other men injured in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.

Two remained in critical condition and one in serious condition, doctors said.

The company that owns the platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico vowed Sunday to keep searching for a second worker still missing after a body was found in about 30 feet of water near one leg of the platform.

At Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s burn unit, Wilberto Ilagan, 50, of the Philippines, told Dr. Jeffrey Littleton that he wanted to send a message, according to a news release Sunday.

It was, “To my relatives, to my family, and to my country, I am alive and in good health. I am burned, but my heart and lungs are healthy.”

The Philippine Embassy in Washington has said all the workers are from the Philippines.


Prosecutor admits he acted in 1970s porn films

CORTLAND — A district attorney in upstate New York has admitted that he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s then lied when questioned about it during his second campaign.

Mark Suben, the D.A. in Cortland County near Syracuse since 2008, held a news conference Friday to say he had lied about his past in the days before this year’s election.

“Recently materials have been circulated alleging that I was involved in the adult film industry about 40 years ago in New York. Those allegations are true,” he said. “I was an actor in adult films for a short period in the early ‘70s. I was also an actor in other venues, including off Broadway, soap operas and commercial advertisements.”

He apologized for his actions and said he used “bad judgment” by acting in porn and by lying about it. He said he would not resign.

Gun in shopkeeper death used in two other killings

NEW YORK — Police are searching for any further links in the deaths of three New York City shopkeepers who were shot by the same gun.

All three victims were of Middle Eastern descent. Their stores are within a five-mile radius, and none of them have surveillance cameras.

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