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Lake ferry crashes; passengers injured

GRAND ISLE, Vt. | Authorities say a Lake Champlain ferry has crashed at a dock on the Vermont shore, and injuries have been reported.

A Vermont State Police dispatcher confirmed the crash early Friday evening but said he had no further information.

State Rep. Mitzi Johnson said a few of the people injured - including the boat’s captain - were being transported to a hospital in Burlington.

The boat was completing a 12-minute trip from Plattsburgh, N.Y. A message left with operator Lake Champlain Transportation was not immediately returned.

Judge lets mother search woods

ORLANDO, Fla. | A judge Friday denied a motion from Casey Anthony’s defense attorneys to remove prosecutors from her murder trial but ruled that the defense team can inspect woods where the remains of her slain toddler were found.

Ms. Anthony is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared last summer.

The motion charged that someone in the prosecutor’s office in Orlando filed a complaint with the Florida Bar against Ms. Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, in an effort to interfere with her right to effective counsel and/or taint a potential jury pool

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland ruled there was no evidence that Anthony’s rights had been violated.

Forensic experts on her defense team have for weeks been wanting to examine the woods where Caylee’s remains were found, but the property owner has been uncooperative, Mr. Baez said. The judge gave the defense team permission to examine the crime scene. Mr. Baez also told the judge that he intended to seek a change of venue because of the publicity the case has generated in Orlando, although he has yet to make a formal request.

Conditions worsen in Kentucky shelters

MARION, Ky. | In some parts of rural Kentucky, they’re getting water the old-fashioned way - with pails from a creek. There’s not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor.

At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers.

With no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents. On Friday, one county’s chief executive put it bluntly: It can’t.

“We’re asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel if they have the means, because we can’t service everybody in our shelter,” said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown, who oversees about 9,000 people.

Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Grayson County, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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