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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, January 07, 2018 1:00 am


New search OK'd for Malaysian jet

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries.

The Houston, Texas-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

The governments of Malaysia, China and Australia called off the nearly three-year official search last January.

Weinstein, lawyer accused of scheme

A lawyer who represented actress Paz de la Huerta has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and a former New York prosecutor, alleging they coordinated in a scheme to get the actress to drop her sexual misconduct complaint against the movie mogul.

Aaron Filler's firm, Tensor Law, filed the lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles against Weinstein, his company and attorney Michael Rubin. Filler said Rubin misrepresented himself to de la Huerta as a victims' rights advocate, but actually was acting for the benefit of Weinstein “to interfere by a series of harmful subterfuges, threats, and extortion demands, entirely outside the legitimate strictures of the legal system.”

Rubin denied the allegations and said that Filler is upset he lost a client.

'Bachelor' contestant loses legal battle

An Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star is fighting to avoid prison after driving his pickup into the back of a tractor and killing a neighbor.

Chris Soules, who became known as “Prince Farming” during his 2015 appearance on “The Bachelor” and also appeared on “The Bachelorette” and “Dancing With The Stars,” lost a legal battle Friday in the felony case against him.

A judge dismissed his constitutional challenge to an Iowa law requiring the surviving driver in a fatal accident to remain at the scene until police arrive.

Frigid air follows Northeast's storm

About 100 million people faced a new challenge after the whopping East Coast snowstorm: a gusty deep freeze, topped Saturday by a wind chill close to minus 100 on New Hampshire's Mount Washington that vied for world's coldest place. Boston wrangled with another challenge: a shortage of plumbers as the weather wreaked havoc on pipes that froze and cracked, Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh reported.

Still recovering from Thursday's storm, which dropped a foot of snow in some places, the operators of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport worked Saturday to limit incoming flights “until there are adequate gates available to handle the backlog of flights.”

Drunken driver called 911 on himself

Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Sheriff's officials in Polk County in central Florida say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene.

When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, “I'm too drunk. I don't know where I'm at.” When she asked what he'd been doing all night, he said “I don't know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually.”

The operator repeatedly urged him to park his truck and wait for officers to find him. “Look, I'm parked in the middle of the road,” he said. Sirens could be heard in the background a short time later.