Obama wants deals on transportation, loans
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is pressing Congress to reach agreement on a transportation bill and a plan to prevent students from having their loan rates double.
Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that Congress should do everything it can to help students attain higher education and repair the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Congressional negotiators are working on a deal to avert a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal loans to 7.4 million college students and a separate plan to overhaul federal transportation programs.
In the Republican address, Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy said if the Supreme Court doesn’t repeal the entire health-care law, Congress should repeal what is left and implement common-sense reforms that protect access to health care and lower costs.
Rangers await weather to recover colleague’s body
SEATTLE – Whiteout conditions on Mount Rainer National Park prevented rangers Saturday from recovering the body of a colleague who died while rescuing four injured climbers near the mountain’s peak.
Crews were hoping for a break in the weather, but conditions got worse as the day progressed, said park spokeswoman Brandi Stewart. Crews said the forecast looked better for recovery today.
Hall died Thursday after helping four climbers from Texas who fell near the 14,411-foot mountain’s peak. The climbers had reached the summit and were on their way down, roped together, when two women fell into a crevasse on Emmons Glacier at the 13,700-foot level. Two men were able to stop the group, and one called for help by cellphone.
Hall had helped put three climbers into the helicopter when he fell. The final climber, Stacy Wren, descended the mountain with rangers Friday.
Park spokeswoman Patti Wold identified the climbers as Stuart Smith, Noelle Smith, Ross Vandyke and Wren.
Fast-food worker suspected of stabbing customer
HEMET, Calif. – Authorities say an employee at a fast-food drive-thru window in Southern California stabbed a customer after a dispute over his order.
A Riverside County sheriff’s statement Friday said the man complained about his order to 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, who worked at Del Taco in Hemet, shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday.
The statement says the confrontation escalated until Villalba stabbed the customer in the abdomen with a knife.
The customer, whose name was not released, was driven to the hospital by friends. His injury is serious, but not considered fatal.
Villalba was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $25,000 bail.
8-year-old ‘Mugly’ wins World’s Ugliest Dog title
PETALUMA, Calif. – A Chinese crested’s short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World’s Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Northern California on Friday.
Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year’s worth of dog cookies, Mugly won the honor by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world.
The 8-year-old rescue dog from the United Kingdom also will be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton.
“I couldn’t speak when they announced Mugly’s name,” said Bev Nicholson, the dog’s owner.
The Associated Press