Saturday, May 28
SMALL PLANE CRASH
UPDATE: Body identified
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say the pilot of a small World War II-era plane that crashed into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey has been identified as William Gordon.
The New York Police Department released a statement saying the body of the 56-year-old man, of Key West, Florida, was recovered by divers.
Police say the body came from the one-seater P-47 Thunderbolt plane that went down Friday night.
The single-seat plane crashed on a part of the river near where a US Airways commercial jet carrying 155 people splash-landed safely in 2009.
Police are investigating the cause of the Friday night plane crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it received a report about the vintage P-47 Thunderbolt going down near the George Washington Bridge on Friday night. Firefighters say the plane had engine trouble before it went down.
The American Airpower Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 Thunderbolt this weekend.
Tropical storm warning issued for South Carolina
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning has been issued for the South Carolina coast after forecasters say the second tropical cyclone of the Atlantic season formed.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the warning issued Friday extends across the entire South Carolina coast. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast Saturday night. About 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall over parts of coastal Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and is centered about 435 miles (695 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.
153 homes damaged, third of them seriously
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials say 153 homes were damaged by a tornado that struck the Central Texas city of Bryan.
That includes 53 homes that sustained major damage.
The updated figures were released Friday evening. Officials had initially said that 138 homes had been damaged.
The National Weather Service says an EF-1 tornado struck Bryan, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, on Thursday.
Bryan officials say the tornado damaged homes in three neighborhoods. No injuries were reported. Most of the homes suffered minor damage.
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski says he has issued a local disaster declaration and is asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for assistance.
GOP 2016-TRUMP-CALIFORNIA PROTESTS
About a dozen arrests reported
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say around a dozen people were arrested outside Donald Trump's rally in San Diego.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman most people have obeyed an order to leave the area outside the rally Friday afternoon after some protesters and supporters of the Republican candidate became unruly.
Officers in riot gear declared the gathering outside the downtown convention center unlawful after shouting matches erupted and people began hurling trash at each other. The two sides faced off after Trump supporters left the rally around 4 p.m.
Police shoved back demonstrators to keep the two groups apart.
Earlier, officers used batons to keep several protesters off a railing used as a barrier between protesters and the convention center.
Sanders pushes for debate with Trump; Trump declines
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump says he will wait to debate the official Democratic nominee, and not debate Bernie Sanders, calling the Democratic nominating process "totally rigged."
Trump said in a statement Friday that "it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher," criticizing front-runner Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as "crooked."
"As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders," Trump said, "I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party."
But Sanders' campaign also released a statement reiterating its interest in debating the presumptive Republican nominee, saying the campaign has received two offers by television networks looking to air a Trump-Sanders debate.
"Both offers include a major contribution to charity," Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement.
Family of lost hiker won't second-guess Maine over search
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The family of a hiker who died after getting lost on the Appalachian Trail in Maine isn't going to second-guess searchers.
A statement Friday evening says Geraldine Largay's family members witnessed the efforts of hundreds of searchers and that they know from visiting the location of her death how difficult it would've been to find her.
Documents released by the Maine Warden Service this week under Freedom of Access Act requests by media organizations indicate the 66-year-old Tennessee woman survived more than three weeks after getting lost in July 2013.
Her journal entries indicate she knew she was doing to die without being found.
The family says donations in Largay's memory can be made to the Maine Association for Search and Rescue and the Nature Conservancy.
MISSING GIRL DRAGGED
Hunt for abducted teen moves to California coast
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The search for a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped at gunpoint by an acquaintance has been suspended for the night.
Searchers plan to return to Jenner, a remote area about 90 miles north of San Francisco Saturday morning to continue looking for Pearl Pinson.
The Solano County Sheriff's Office said Friday that new information was prompting investigators to focus their search along a road that traverses Sonoma Coast State Park near Jenner.
She was last seen being dragged across a freeway overpass in the city of Vallejo on Wednesday, bleeding and screaming.
The search has been complicated by the death Thursday of the 19-year-old acquaintance suspected of abducting her.
Police fatally shot Fernando Castro in Southern California after they spotted his car and exchanged gunfire with him as they say he attempted to get away.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA
UNC system says it won't enforce transgender bathroom rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina system says in legal filings that it won't try to enforce a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
The affidavit by system leader Margaret Spellings was filed Friday along with a motion asking a federal court to halt civil legal proceedings against the university system while a higher court decides a separate case on transgender rights.
Spellings writes that, pending the case's outcome: "I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex."
A legal brief by the university system's lawyers says nothing in the state law keeps students from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity because it contains no enforcement mechanisms.
Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year.
The court ruled Friday on a law that revised parts of the state's funding formula but resulted in no change in total funds for most of the state's 286 school districts.
The justices said legislators didn't fully comply with an order it issued in February to make education funding fairer to poor school districts. The court said all schools must remain closed unless lawmakers fix the problems by June 30.
The court made the same threat in February, and the Republican-dominated Legislature passed the changes in hopes the court would relent.
Lawmakers were scheduled to meet Wednesday to formally adjourn their annual session.
SpaceX lands another rocket after satellite delivery
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has pulled off another rocket landing, the third in just under two months.
The first stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket settled onto a barge 400 miles off the Florida coast, eight minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Cameras on the barge provided stunning, real-time video.
It's the third successful booster landing at sea for the California-based SpaceX. This one came after the rocket launched an Asian communications satellite.
No one else has managed to land a leftover rocket during an orbital mission like this.
SpaceX wants to recycle boosters to lower launch costs and open space up to more payloads and people. NASA is one of the company's biggest customers; SpaceX flies cargo to the International Space Station and aims to transport astronauts, too, next year.
GLEE ACTOR CHARGED
Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former "Glee" star Mark Salling has been charged with two counts of child pornography.
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Salling was charged with one count of receiving a video and still photo of child porn and a second of possessing two videos depicting child porn.
They say the images depict young girls.
Prosecutors say the 33-year-old actor has agreed to surrender next Friday, at which time he's expected to be arraigned in federal court.
He has been free on bond since his arrest last December.
If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison on each count.
Salling is best known for playing bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Fox's musical dramedy "Glee" from 2009 to 2015.
His publicist did not immediately respond to phone and email messages.