MARYLAND: Sargent Shriver in hospital
Former Peace Corps director and vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver has been hospitalized, a spokeswoman for Suburban Hospital in Bethesda said last evening. Shriver, 95, announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer's disease. His wife, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy, died in 2009 at age 88.
FLORIDA: Astronaut is injured
NASA officials say an astronaut who had been slated for a spacewalk on the upcoming shuttle mission has been hurt in a bicycle accident. The space agency said late Saturday that Tim Kopra, 47, will be OK. But officials were evaluating whether he'll be able to perform his duties when Discovery launches to the International Space Station on Feb. 24. Kopra, a retired Army colonel, is one of two astronauts scheduled to go on a spacewalk during the mission.
CALIFORNIA: 3 killed in 10-car pileup
Three people were killed in a violent 10-vehicle pileup on the Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County. Newport Beach police Lt. Bill Hartford said Sunday that the roadway was reopened around midnight, about 10 hours after the collision apparently triggered by a Ford Taurus going more than 100 mph. The Orange County coroner said the Taurus driver, Julia Allen, 27, of Newport Beach, was killed. Her car collided with a Toyota Tacoma pickup. Killed in the pickup were Christopher De La Cruz, 49, of Laguna Niguel; and Linda Burnett, 69, of Santa Ana.
INDIANA: Cop facing DWI charges
Officer David Bisard's police cruiser smashed into two motorcycles last August, leaving one rider dead and two others seriously injured. Bisard's blood-alcohol level was still more than twice the legal limit hours after the crash. The local prosecutor filed charges, only to drop them a few weeks later, saying the blood test hadn't been properly done. The case, which rocked Indianapolis and led to emotional allegations of a cover-up, was revived last week when a new prosecutor re-filed drunken driving charges. Bisard could face 20 years or more in prison.