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Gitmo trio sent to Yemen, Ireland

With the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison by a January deadline in doubt, the Justice Department on Saturday announced the transfer of three detainees to the governments of Yemen and Ireland.

Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed, a Yemen native, was returned to his homeland after being imprisoned for seven years. A federal court in May ruled that Ahmed, who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, could no longer be held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba and ordered him released.

The Yemen Embassy, in a statement released Saturday, said it welcomed Ahmed’s release. It also praised President Barack Obama’s decision to shutter Guantanamo Bay.

The two other detainees, whose names were not disclosed for security reasons, have been sent to Ireland. In July, the Irish government agreed to accept the two Uzbek prisoners.

The transfers are part of a larger plan pushed by President Obama since his first days in office to close the detention facility in Cuba by Jan. 22. Administration officials now say that they may not be able to meet that deadline, in part because of the difficulty in finding host countries for those who can be released after their cases are reviewed.

More than 220 detainees are still being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Lawmaker’s spouse dies in Himalayas

NEW YORK | The husband of Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has died on a mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas, aides to the New York Democrat said Saturday.

Clifton Maloney, a millionaire investment banker and avid climber, was resting in a high-altitude camp after a successful ascent to the summit of the world’s sixth-highest mountain when he died.

He was 71, a late age for such a grueling endeavor, but had been in excellent health, aides said.

Mrs. Maloney was “very shaken” by the death, said Barry Nolan, a congressional aide.

The cause of death was unclear, he said.

Arrangements were being made Saturday to recover the body from the slopes of Cho Oyu, a 26,906-foot peak that straddles the border of Nepal and Tibet.

Mr. Maloney reached the summit with a professional climbing partner and guide, Marty Schmidt, on Friday. They rested overnight at a camp at about 23,000 feet. Mr. Maloney died unexpectedly the next day after going to sleep in his tent, Mr. Nolan said.

Mr. Maloney was a former vice president of Goldman Sachs and established his own financial firm, C.H.W. Maloney & Co.

Copter crash kills three in S. Carolina

GEORGETOWN, S.C. | A medical transport helicopter crashed in coastal South Carolina, killing all three people on board, authorities said Saturday.

The company that owned the helicopter Addison, Texas-based OmniFlight said a pilot, flight nurse and paramedic were on board when it crashed Friday night.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were en route to the scene Saturday. Agency spokesman Peter Knudson said no patients were on board the helicopter, which had dropped off a patient at about 9:35 p.m. Friday in Charleston, about 60 miles southwest of Georgetown County.

In a statement, the company confirmed that the American Eurocopter AS350B2 took off from Charleston about 11 p.m. Friday and was headed to Conway, a city about 50 miles north of Georgetown.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the pilot last radioed air traffic control at 11:05 p.m., saying the crew was about four miles from an airport near Charleston and had it in sight.

Parents call surrogate ‘angel’

TOLEDO, Ohio | The biological parents of a baby boy born to an Ohio woman who had the wrong embryo implanted by a fertility clinic say they will be “eternally grateful” to her.

Paul and Shannon Morell of suburban Detroit said Saturday the baby had been born Friday at 5 pounds, 3 ounces and 18 inches long.

The Morells described birth mother Carolyn Savage of Toledo as their “guardian angel.”

The Savages said a fertility clinic outside Ohio transferred the wrong frozen embryo in February. Ten days later, they got a call from a doctor at the clinic saying Mrs. Savage was pregnant with someone else’s child.

The Savages said on Wednesday they never considered terminating the pregnancy or trying to fight for custody.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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