Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Woman Raises More Than $50K for Homeless Man Who Helped Her

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs: Woman Raises More Than $50K for Homeless Man Who Helped Her

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Homeless man's kindness repaid in online campaign

A woman from New Jersey who was helped by a homeless man when she ran out of gas in Philadelphia has raised more than $50,000 to help him.

Kate McClure started the Gofundme.com campaign this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate 95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy some with his last $20.

McClure said that she didn't have any money to repay him at the time but that she had returned several times to give him cash, clothes and food.

After a few visits, she started the fundraiser. Nearly 1,700 people had donated to the campaign as of Wednesday.

Ex-Homeland chief recovering * Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said "it's great to be alive" this Thanksgiving.

Ridge issued a statement Wednesday from the hospital in Austin, Texas, where he's recovering from a heart attack.

He had been attending a Republican Governors Association conference last week when he called for medical help at his hotel.

The Republican was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George W. Bush until 2005.

1,800 gallons of vodka snatched * Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 gallons of vodka from a distillery in Los Angeles.

Investigators say the suspects sawed through deadbolts to get inside the Fog Shots distillery.

Company representative Art Gukasayan said that the thieves made away with about 90 percent of the company's holiday inventory and that the take was worth about $278,000. KABC-TV reported Wednesday that detectives were examining surveillance footage.

Airlines to pay over 9/11 security lapses * Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The settlement was described in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Developers of the new World Trade Center buildings had once demanded $3.5 billion from aviation-related companies after hijacked planes destroyed three skyscrapers on Sept. …

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