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"Great save" by air controller as JetBlue averts collision

A quick-thinking air traffic controller at Logan International Airport in Boston urgently told a JetBlue flight to "hold" just before it entered a runway where another plane was about to take off. JetBlue Airways Corp. said Flight 1264 arriving Nov. 24 from Austin, Texas, with 91 passengers landed safely, but while taxiing to the gate the pilot inadvertently took a right instead of turning left. In audio obtained by WFXT-TV, the controller can be heard saying "JetBlue hold, JetBlue 1264 hold right there. JetBlue 1264, hold, hold." Ground radar images show the plane stopping just short of the runway where the other plane was speeding to take off. Matt McCluskey, president of the Boston air traffic controllers union, said the controller, a 32-year veteran, made "a great save."

MINNESOTA: Abuser works in prison for juveniles

Kevin Price was struggling with memories of the sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a high school teacher, so he reached out to the religious order that runs the Catholic school he attended. De La Salle Christian Brothers apologized for Price's pain. The order's Midwest leader said the brother in question had been prohibited contact with anyone under 18 and was working in a prison. But in a 1995 letter obtained by The Associated Press, the leader neglected to mention that the prison was for males age 10 to 21. The writer of that letter, Brother Thomas Johnson, is now the second-ranking official in the worldwide order. Brother Raimond Rose was counseling young inmates at a juvenile detention center in Minnesota. One of the inmates later filed a lawsuit accusing him of molestation. In fact, 21 men have filed lawsuits against Rose in cases dating back to the 1960s. Price, of Richmond, Va., and the other accusers feel betrayed by the order.

WASHINGTON: Judge faces impeachment votes

The Senate wrapped up its first impeachment trial since the 1999 case against former President Bill Clinton, scheduling votes Wednesday on the fate of a Louisiana judge accused of corruption. If convicted, U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous would become just the eighth federal judge to be removed from office. He faces four articles of impeachment approved by the House in March. Porteous has acknowledged accepting cash and favors from attorneys and bail bondsmen doing business in his court.

NEW YORK: 4-foot snowfall buries upstate town

Bands of snow blasting off the Great Lakes buried one western New York town under 4 feet of snow and caused a pileup that left motorists stranded for hours on Interstate 80 in northwestern Pennsylvania. In Randolph, N.Y., 50 miles south of Buffalo, motorists were banned from driving Tuesday after the area received 40 inches of snow officially, with some seeing even more. Nearly 2 feet of snow was dumped on northeast Ohio.


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