Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Tyson’s daughter dies after accident

PHOENIX | Police said the 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died before noon Tuesday, a day after her neck accidentally was caught in a treadmill cord while she was playing at home.

Phoenix police spokesman Andy Hill said Exodus Tyson was pronounced dead in a hospital. Police have said an investigation showed that it was a “tragic accident.”

Exodus was playing on the treadmill Monday when her head apparently slipped inside a cord hanging under the console, police said. Her 7-year-old brother found her and alerted his mother. Their father was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and flew to Phoenix on Monday.


Dalai Lama offers $100,000 in aid

MIAMI | The Dalai Lama has offered $100,000 to help an imperiled religion department at a Florida university after receiving an e-mailed plea for a letter of support from a longtime acquaintance on the faculty.

“He responded with this astounding, astounding offer,” said Nathan Katz, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University (FIU). “I fell off my chair.”

The department is one of three at FIU slated to close in response to a $27 million cut in state funding to the public university.

Mr. Katz said he e-mailed the Dalai Lama’s office last month after finding out the program was in jeopardy.


Simpson files high court appeal

LAS VEGAS | O.J. Simpson is appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

A court clerk said his appeal was filed Tuesday in Carson City.

The appeal argues that Simpson’s conviction in a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers was tainted by judicial misconduct, a lack of racial diversity on the jury and errors in sentencing and jury instructions.

The document criticizes Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass and accuses prosecutors of improperly questioning witnesses about reports of intimidation.

It could take a year or more for justices to issue a ruling.


Two more deaths linked to swine flu

NEW YORK | New York City’s health commissioner said two more deaths have been linked to swine flu.

Dr. Thomas Frieden said Tuesday that a 41-year-old woman from Queens and a 34-year-old man from Brooklyn have died. That’s a total of four in the city since the outbreak started last month.

Twenty city schools reopened Tuesday, a week after an assistant principal at an intermediate school became the city’s first victim of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus.

Over the weekend, a woman in her 50s died. She was the city’s second swine flu victim.

Meanwhile, authorities in Mexico announced three more swine flu deaths and Canada one more death as the world’s largest vaccine maker signed a deal with the United States to produce a swine flu vaccine.

The tiny nation of Bahrain reported Tuesday that a 20-year-old student had come down with mild swine flu, the first case involving a citizen of a Persian Gulf Arab country. Kuwait reported Sunday that 18 U.S. service members who passed through were infected with swine flu but had recovered and left the country.

Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic both reported cases Monday.

Vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur said Monday that it has won a $190 million order from the U.S. government to make a swine flu vaccine. Sanofi Pasteur, which operates flu vaccine production plants at Swiftwater, Pa., and in Val de Reuil, France, said it could begin commercial production in June.


Silo crashes through roof

BENSALEM | A 35-ton silo being used to collect dust has collapsed and crashed through the roof of a suburban Philadelphia concrete business, fire department officials said.

No injuries have been reported.

The silo was on top of CGM Concrete in Bensalem, just northeast of Philadelphia. It fell through the business’ roof Monday night.

Investigators said the collapse severely damaged the building, which may have to be demolished. They said it also ruptured gas and water lines inside the building.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.


Tire fire forces town evacuation

HAWKINS | Toxic smoke from a blaze in an acre-size heap of old tires forced the evacuation of this small East Texas town and closed its schools Tuesday.

Firefighters did not have enough water and foam to extinguish the fire, so they dug a ditch to get dirt to smother the flames. There were no reports of injuries.

Rain helped fight the fire, said Wood County Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Selman.

Mr. Selman said the lot contains millions of tires but only about 150,000 were burning. The tires were supposed to be removed years ago, prompting state regulators to investigate.

Most of the estimated 1,500 residents in the town about 100 miles east of Dallas were urged to leave. Hawkins Independent School District and Jarvis Christian College were ordered to close.

The fire was being investigated as arson, police Lt. A.J. Randell said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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