No remains at 9/11 site

NEW YORK - Using a pulley system and sheer brawn, police removed a suspected 9/11 plane part from between two buildings near the World Trade Center site, and the medical examiner said no potential human remains had been found there.

"It's a piece of history, and we tried to preserve it as best we could," said NYPD Deputy Chief William Aubry, who leads the forensic investigation division. Aubry said they didn't do any damage to the 255-pound metal piece when they moved it.

The medical examiner's office sifted through sediment at the site for days, but found no potential human remains. - AP

A Purple Heart 68 years later

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - As Army soldier Charles Bledsoe was being loaded onto a Jeep with a gunshot wound to the abdomen nearly 70 years ago, he heard someone say: "Give him his last rites."

"I looked around to see who that was getting the last rites," Bledsoe recalled. "I went, 'The hell.' It was me."

Bledsoe recovered, but the April 19, 1945, wound was never recorded on his discharge papers so he hadn't received a Purple Heart. The oversight was corrected Wednesday, as Sen. Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) presented the 88-year-old World War II veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Sioux Falls.

Bledsoe had not really pushed for the medal until about a year ago when he tried to become a member of the Sioux Falls chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

- AP

Coin toss decides race

CHICAGO - The political fortunes of David De Leshe took a turn for the better Wednesday thanks to a quarter.

De Leshe and Lea Torres were among six candidates vying for three village trustee positions in Stickney, Ill., in the April 9 election, and the two tied for the third spot with 573 votes each.

So a coin toss - won by De Leshe - decided the winner.

"It really goes to say that every vote does count," De Leshe, a police officer in Lyons, said minutes before the toss at the Cook County Clerk's Office in downtown Chicago.

Torres, an incumbent, went to the coin toss with a few items she thought would bring her luck - holy cards stowed in her purse, but it was not to be.

- Chicago Tribune


People in parts of Colorado and Wyoming pulled puffy jackets out of the closet Wednesday for another round of wet spring snow. Nearly 3 feet was possible in the foothills and mountains of northern Colorado, while about a foot was expected at lower elevations in parts of both states.