Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Unaccounted for, 3 Dead in Md. Jet Crash in Home

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Unaccounted for, 3 Dead in Md. Jet Crash in Home

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Report: Don't blame drought on warming

A new federal report says you can't blame man-made global warming for the devastating California drought.

A report issued Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said natural variations mostly a La Nia weather oscillation were the primary drivers behind the drought that has now stretched to three years.

Study lead author Richard Seager of Columbia University said the paper had not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. He and NOAA's Martin Hoerling said 160 runs of computer models showed heat-trapping gases should slightly increase winter rain in parts of California.

Better education for juvenile offenders * Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday new guidance aimed at improving the quality of education for roughly 60,000 confined juveniles.

The cabinet secretaries released a Correctional Education Guidance Package while touring a school for confined youth in Northern Virginia. Duncan and Holder said that improving quality education for all offenders but particularly younger ones has proved to be one of the best methods for preventing returns to prison.

U.S., France to compensate Holocaust survivors * The United States and France have signed an accord that will compensate thousands of Holocaust survivors and their families who were deported to concentration camps by France's state rail company during Nazi occupation. The agreement will cover thousands of survivors, their spouses or heirs in the U.S. who have not been covered by earlier compensation funds.

The money is available to survivors of all nationalities who were deported by French rail company SNCF between 1940 and 1944.

Widow leaves diamond ring in Salvation Army kettle * The Salvation Army found an unusual surprise inside one of its red donation kettles: a diamond engagement ring given by a widow in honor of her late husband. The charity said Monday that the anonymous benefactor placed the diamond ring valued at $1,850 and her wedding band in one of the kettles outside Boston's North Station last week. …

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