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Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 1:30 a.m.

Teen in car crash hangs on like an action hero

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A teenager was catapulted at least 25 feet in the air during an auto accident but grabbed onto overhead utility wires like an action hero and dangled for about 20 minutes before a rescue crew brought him down by ladder.
    Joe R. Thompson III, 18, was treated for bruises and scratches at a hospital and was released. Thompson lost control of his Jeep on Monday evening after another car suddenly turned in front of him. Thompson's Jeep clipped the car and rolled over and over, witnesses said. The Jeep's fiberglass top was ripped off, and Thompson, who was not wearing a seat belt, flew through the air, bouncing off power lines and falling onto what he thinks was a telephone wire and grounding wire.

    Two Americans hurt in explosion in Kuwait

  • KUWAIT CITY - A round of ammunition exploded inside the turret of a fighting vehicle at a training site used by U.S. forces in Kuwait, injuring one American soldier and an American civilian contractor, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
    In a separate incident, another soldier was shot in the abdomen during live-fire exercises late Tuesday. He was listed in stable condition after being evacuated by helicopter to a medical facility, a military statement said.

    NASA honors Challenger, Apollo crews with silence

  • CAPE CANAVERAL - Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts joined Mission Control in a moment of silence Tuesday at the exact time 17 years ago that Challenger exploded in the sky.
    NASA's work force, in orbit and on Earth, remembered not only the seven astronauts who died on Jan. 28, 1986, but also the three who were killed by a fire in their Apollo spacecraft at the pad on Jan. 27, 1967. At the launch site Tuesday, flags flew at half staff for the second day in a row.

    Flight grounded after box cutter is found

  • BOSTON - A United Airlines flight bound for San Francisco from Logan International Airport was grounded Tuesday after a passenger found a box cutter in the magazine pouch in the seat in front of her.
    The woman discovered the blade as passengers were boarding, authorities said. The Boeing 757 was kept on the ground and the pilot ordered all passengers removed.

    Web experts skeptical FBI will find attackers

  • WASHINGTON - Leading experts on Internet security are skeptical that the FBI and other investigators will be able to track down the person responsible for last weekend's attack on the Internet.
    These experts, including many who provide technical advice to the FBI and other U.S. agencies, said exhaustive reviews of the blueprints for the attacking software are yielding few clues to its origin or the author's identity.

    Chavez scores victory by producing more oil

  • CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez's government scored a victory in Venezuela's political crisis by producing more than 1 million barrels of oil Tuesday, frustrating a 2-month-old opposition drive to strangle the world's No. 5 oil exporter.
    By raising production to a third of its normal rate, Chavez seized another advantage over his opponents - jump-starting Venezuela's oil industry while defeating calls for a February referendum on his rule.
    - Compiled from The Associated Press
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