National Digest: Landing gear debris found in Manhattan is linked to 9/11

New York

Landing gear debris is linked to 9/11 plane

A 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a mosque site and another building near the World Trade Center.

The part includes a clearly visible Boeing identification number, New York police spokesman Paul Browne said Friday. The twisted, rusted metal part has cables and levers on it and is about 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep.

The piece of equipment was discovered Wednesday by surveyors inspecting the Lower Manhattan site of a planned Islamic community center, about three blocks from Ground Zero.

The medical examiner’s office will complete a health and safety evaluation to determine whether to sift the soil around the buildings for possible human remains, police said.

— Associated Press

Alaska

EPA warns of mine’s impact on fisheries

The build-out of a large-scale mine near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in Alaska could wipe out as many as 90 miles of streams and alter flows in other waterways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a revised assessment released Friday.

The report said mining activity would claim at least 24 miles of streams in the Bristol Bay region, based on the scenarios evaluated, with the loss of wetlands ranging from 1,200 to 4,800 acres.

The EPA initiated the review in response to concerns raised by tribes and others about the impact that large-scale mining could have on Bristol Bay fisheries. Critics of the EPA review — including the Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine — fear it could lead to the agency vetoing mining activity in the region.

— Associated Press

Man indicted in Las Vegas crash: A self-described pimp was indicted Friday in Nevada state court on charges that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted in a fatal shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip in February. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 27, is accused of shooting from a black Range Rover into a Maserati sports car that then slammed into a taxi that burst into flames. The taxi driver and a passenger were killed. The driver of the Maserati, Kenneth Cherry Jr., 27, died at a hospital. The two had exchanged angry words at a casino valet stand.

Inmate surrenders in Oklahoma: After 14 years on the run from the FBI, David Lee Kemp turned himself over to authorities in Oklahoma early Friday, authorities said. Kemp, of Lawton, Okla., was the only inmate to elude capture after escaping with eight others on March 11, 1999, while awaiting trial on two first-degree murder counts in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

— From wire services

 
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