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Activist’s bubble bursts

A longtime endurance runner and peace activist whose latest goal was to reach Bermuda in a homemade floating “Hydro Pod” was rescued by the coast guard on Saturday after he began suffering from fatigue. Coast guard air crew were able to safely pick up Reza Baluchi and the bubble on Saturday, spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said in a statement. He was transported to a nearby coast guard station and found to be uninjured, Fajardo said. A statement on Baluchi’s Web site said the Iranian exile had planned to make the 1,660km trip in his self-designed bubble to raise money “for children in need” and “to ... inspire those that have lost hope for a better future.” Baluchi has made headlines before, including with a six-month journey in which he ran around the perimeter of the US and a seven-year bike trip that he said brought him across 55 countries on six continents.


Passenger jet tires explode

A pair of tires blew out on an Aeromexico jetliner carrying 129 passengers and six crew members as it was getting ready to take off from Los Angeles International Airport at about 6:30am on Saturday, forcing the pilot to stop the plane, but causing no injuries. No one was injured and all were safely taken off Aeromexico Flight 18 and boarded onto buses to the terminal, where they took other flights bound for Mexico City. A pair of blown tires on the left side of the Boeing 737 caused the breakdown, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. A preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration said the left landing gear had collapsed. Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the blown tires were discovered later.


Sept. 11 flag burns in fire

A flag that flew over the Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001, was consumed in a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service said on Saturday. Friday’s fire in Shanksville destroyed the park’s headquarters complex. State police and the park service are conducting a joint investigation into the blaze, whose cause has not been determined, the park service said. Park staff completed an initial inventory on Saturday and said that, in addition to the flag, the losses included a handful of personal items of passengers and crew; DVD copies of the annual commemoration ceremony and meetings of the Flight 93 National Memorial Federal Advisory Commission; and about 100 tribute items left by visitors since 2001. Park staff saved hundreds of oral histories and a photograph collection. The memorial marks the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed during the Sept. 11 attacks after passengers fought back against its hijackers.


Folsom forges Cash tribute

The city of Folsom has completed the first section of the “Johnny Cash Trail” that will pay tribute to the country music icon and his 1968 album At Folsom Prison. City officials unveiled the first section of the 4km trail on Saturday: a pedestrian and bike bridge designed to echo Folsom State Prison’s east gate guard towers, according to the Sacramento Bee. The trail will traverse prison property and link to area trails. The newspaper reports that the city is planning a US$3 million fundraising drive to pay for a 0.8 hectare park next to the bridge and art installations along the trail, including a 12m-tall steel statue of Cash.

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