MIAMI - A heart surgeon from a Mayo Clinic in Florida flying across the northern corner of the state to retrieve a heart for transplant was killed Monday when his helicopter crashed, officials said.
The helicopter departed the clinic in Jacksonville about 5:45 a.m. but never arrived at the Gainesville hospital, Shands at University of Florida, about 60 miles southwest, said Kathy Barbour, a spokeswoman for Mayo, which is based in Rochester, Minn.
Killed were the heart surgeon, Luis Bonilla; a procurement technician, David Hines, and the pilot, whose name was not released. They were on their way to pick up a heart for a patient at the Jacksonville hospital, clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich said.
The heart cannot be used in another transplant because its viability expired, Mayo Clinic spokesman Layne Smith said. Smith said the patient who had been scheduled to receive the heart continues to wait for a new organ.
Clay County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Myron White had no more information to release about the crash in the remote, forested area. The National Transportation Safety Board also was investigating. The National Weather Service reported there was light fog with overcast conditions in the area but no rain. - AP
NEW YORK - Online shopping on Christmas jumped 16.4 percent over last year, and the dollar amount of those purchases that were made via mobile devices leaped 172.9 percent, International Business Machines Corp. found.
IBM tracks shopping at more than 500 websites other than Amazon.com, which is the largest. It found a huge increase in the number of shoppers making their purchases with iPhones, iPads, and Android-powered mobile devices. Nearly 7 percent of all online purchases were made using iPads, just 18 months after the tablet computers were released by Apple Inc., said John Squire, chief strategy officer for IBM's Smarter Commerce unit.
The online uptick was continuing Monday. As of 3 p.m. Eastern time, shopping was up 10 percent over Dec. 26, 2010. The data did not show what portion of purchases had been made using gift cards. - AP
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Police arrested the suspect in a shooting that critically wounded a soldier at his Southern California homecoming party after he survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan.
San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said Ruben Ray Jurado, 19, turned himself in to authorities in Chino Hills on Monday. Robertson said Jurado was then transferred to the custody of the San Bernardino Police Department.
Police say Jurado shot Christopher Sullivan, 22, at Friday night's party after getting into an argument with Sullivan's brother over football teams.