National briefs: 3 feared dead in balloon fire

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DOSWELL, Va. -- A second body was recovered Saturday from the crash of a hot air balloon carrying three people that drifted into a power line Friday night and burst into flames in front of horrified spectators.

More than 100 searchers were called in to scour the woods and fields of the central Virginia site of the crash for the third victim and any remnants of the balloon or its basket, state police said.

One of the two passengers was identified by family members as Natalie Lewis, a University of Richmond women's basketball staff member. The other passenger and the pilot had not been identified by authorities.

The balloon crashed ahead of a balloon festival at Meadow Event Park, home to the State Fair of Virginia, 20 miles north of Richmond.

Recalls by Chrysler, GM

DETROIT -- Chrysler announced two recalls Friday, covering more than 784,000 vehicles.

The company will replace window switches in an estimated 780,000 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans from the 2010-14 model years, after episodes of overheating. Chrysler will also replace the power inverter module in more than 4,000 electric cars, including some 2013-14 Fiat 500e vehicles, because a defect could cause coolant to seep onto electrical components, elevating the risk of a short circuit and power loss while driving.

In addition, General Motors is recalling almost 9,000 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans from the 2014 model year because brake rotors intended for the rear brakes may have been installed on the front brakes, the automaker said.

Gay marriages begin

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- Gay marriage arrived Saturday in the Bible Belt.

In total, 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in northwest Arkansas' Carroll County, the county's deputy clerk, Jane Osborn, said.

Judge Chris Piazza of Pulaski County Circuit Court paved the way Friday with a ruling that removed a 10-year-old barrier.

Rep. Conyers' ballot woes

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Conyers, the Democrat who has represented the Detroit area in the House for almost 50 years, is in danger of not making the ballot for an August primary because his petitions may be disqualified for not containing enough signatures.

The Wayne County clerk's office in Detroit said Friday that Mr. Conyers, 84, was hundreds of signatures short of the 1,000 required to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary. The clerk, Cathy Garrett, has until Tuesday to determine whether his name will be on the ballot.

9/11 remains transferred

NEW YORK -- On the granite plaza of the World Trade Center memorial, families of Sept. 11 victims gathered Saturday morning beneath mist-shrouded skyscrapers to watch as the unidentified remains of people killed there nearly 13 years ago were moved to what may be their final resting place.

A procession transferred the remains on their short journey across from a city medical examiner's office to a specially built repository at ground zero, between the footprints of the old Twin Towers.

Public lands protested

BLANDING, Utah -- Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a protest against what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands.

San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon and then turned around.


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