Protesters in California greet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

August 26
CALIFORNIA
Protests greet Mexican president in Calif.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met Tuesday with lawmakers and swapped praise with Gov. Jerry Brown (D), but not all legislators rolled out the welcome mat at a luncheon held on the final day of his visit to California.

About 150 people, many waving American flags or holding signs, rallied across the street from the historic Stanford Mansion to call for the release of a Marine who is being detained in Mexico.

At least three Republican lawmakers rejected the lunch invitation from Brown as a way to protest Mexico’s incarceration of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held since April after crossing the border with weapons. Nineteen Assembly Republicans who planned to attend the lunch signed a letter to Pena Nieto demanding the release of the Marine.

— Associated Press

OHIO
College students killed in air crash

A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing all four college students aboard who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after the first day of classes.

The men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Three of them were members of the varsity wrestling team, school officials said Tuesday.

The wrestlers were identified as Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio; Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Md.; and John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Ga. The fourth student was the 20-year-old pilot, William Felten of Saginaw, Mich.

The plane crashed in Willoughby Hills shortly after taking off from the Cuyahoga County Regional Airport about 10 p.m. Monday.

— Associated Press

Former FBI chief injured in car crash: Former FBI director Louis Freeh was seriously injured in a single-car crash in Barnard, Vt., authorities said Tuesday. Freeh was alone in his SUV and wearing a seat belt when he drove off the road shortly after noon Monday, striking a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, according to state police. A preliminary investigation found no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, police said.

Girl, 9, accidentally kills shooting instructor: A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday, police said. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said. Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents.

— From news services

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