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Pediatricians are telling parents that babies should not be allowed to sleep in a car seat, swing or bouncer.

Researchers looked at deaths of 47 children under two that occurred in sitting and carrying devices. Most deaths were attributed to asphyxia from strangulation or unsafe positioning.

Experts advise parents to never leave a child unsupervised while in a carrying device, buckle all straps and be sure infants can’t twist their heads into soft bedding.

Singer Percy Sledge Dies At Age 74

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. (AP)

Gas Prices Falling

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, April 13, 2015

The Lundberg Survey reporting gas prices are down five cents a gallon making the average price $2.45 per gallon. That’s $1.06 less than this time last year. Lundberg says gas is surging and prompting refiners and retailers to cut prices to draw drivers in.

Prices are expected to fall a few more cents in the near future.

It’s official – Letchworth State Park is the “Best State Park” in the country!

The park was named the USA Today Readers Choice Best State Park for 2015 after a month-long contest sponsored by the national publication. More than 6,000 parks nationwide were originally nominated.  Winning third place is Watkins Glen State Park.

Fake Facebook Owner On The Lamb

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, April 2, 2015

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville, NY man accused of faking an ownership stake in Facebook to justify a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Authorities have been looking for Ceglia since early March when they say he jumped bail by cutting off an electronic monitoring device and creating a crude contraption to make it seem as though he was moving around inside his home.

His wife and two sons are also missing.

 

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

The recall affects Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor utility vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years.

The company says a spring that controls the interior door handles can become unseated and then unlatched in a side-impact crash.

Ford said it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Dealers will inspect all four doors and fix or replace the handles if needed, free of charge.

The company is also  recalling about 6,500 Super Duty ambulance and emergency vehicles from 2011 through 2015 with 6.7-Liter diesel engine because of the exhaust gas temperature sensors can malfunction.

A Germanwings Airbus passenger jet traveling from Barcelona, Spain to Duesseldorf, Germany crashed today in the French Alps. The plane was  carrying 144 passengers and six crew. France’s Interior Ministry tells the AP the plane did send a distress signal.

Debris from the crash has been spotted but that the search and rescue operation is expected to be difficult because the plane crashed in a remote area.

The plane that went down is an Airbus 320, a single-aisle, twin-engine jet that’s similar to the Boeing 737. A Boeing safety analysis says the A320 family has a good safety record, with just 0.14 fatal accidents per million takeoffs.

Kraft Foods is recalling it’s 7.25 ounces of its individual box and multi-pack, original flavor, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

The boxes have “best when used by” dates ranging from Sept. 18, 2015 through Oct. 11, 2015 and are marked with the code “C2.”

Kraft said it is not aware of any injuries and should return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

Seven Marines and four soldiers are missing after an Army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle.

Base officials tell the AP that the Marines are part of a Camp Lejeune-based special operations group. The soldiers are from a Hammond, Louisiana-based National Guard unit.

Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland says the helicopter was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and search and rescue crews found debris from the crash several hours later.

The helicopter went down during a routine training mission on a remote swath of beach between Pensacola and Destin. The beach is owned by the military and is used for test missions.

Three guards at Attica Correctional Facility pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct, and brutality charges against them in the beating of an inmate were dropped. As part of their plea deal, the three guards resigned their posts, avoiding the possibility of a one-year prison term. The victim has since served his sentence and has brought a multl-million dollar lawsuit against the state and his assailants