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National news briefs — Compiled July 22


GOP proposes cuts

House Republicans on Monday proposed slashing environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March.


Zimmerman in rescue

George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said that deputies responding last Wednesday to the wreck in Sanford — the Orlando suburb where Martin was shot — found Zimmerman and another man had already helped a couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV. They were not hurt. Zimmerman spoke with a deputy at the scene and then left, the sheriff’s office statement said.


Landing gear collapses

The front landing gear of a flight arriving at New York’s LaGuardia Airport collapsed Monday right after the plane touched down on the runway, officials said, sending the aircraft skidding before it came to a halt. Ten passengers were treated at the scene, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries, said Thomas Bosco, Acting Director of Aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the area airports. Bosco said there was no advance warning of any possible problem before the landing. Southwest said there were 150 people on Flight 345 coming from Nashville, Tenn. The airport was temporarily closed, but one of two runways was operating by evening. The FAA is investigating, as is the National Transportation Safety Board.

Compiled from wire reports.


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