LOS ANGELES

Measles quarantines

continue at universities

Nearly 700 people possibly exposed to measles at two Los Angeles universities are still quarantined three days after health officials ordered the precautions to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease.

A spokesman for California State University, Los Angeles, said Saturday that 106 staff members and 550 students have been told to stay at home and avoid contact with others.

Thirty students and employees from the University of California, Los Angeles, remain quarantined.

 

SOMERSET, MASS.

Controlled demolition

levels cooling towers

It took just a matter of seconds for two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant to be reduced to rubble Saturday.

The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8 a.m. at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope Bay crumple to the ground and a large cloud of dust rise into the air.

The plant closed in 2017 as environmental groups pushed for cleaner sources of energy generation.

 

YEREVAN, ARMENIA

Transgender woman

reports death threats

A transgender woman who broke boundaries with a speech in Armenia's parliament says she has received death threats and is avoiding leaving her home in the backlash to her three-minute address.

Lilit Martirosian told members of parliament's human rights committee on April 5 that the group she founded, Right Side, had recorded 283 cases of transgender rights violations.

 

BATH, MAINE 

LBJ's daughters christen

warship with Champagne 

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughters christened a stealthy warship bearing his name Saturday, smacking Champagne bottles against a metal star symbolizing Texas as a crowd roared in approval.

Champagne sprayed into the air when Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson simultaneously smashed their bottles as they stood on the ship's bow. Afterward, red, white and blue streamers shot skyward.

Robb said her Texas-born father would be honored to have his name on the futuristic ship because he always looked to the future.

 

 

KHARTOUM, SUDAN

Opposition, military

hold 'fruitful' talks

Organizers of the protests that drove Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power and the ruling military council said talks Saturday on forming a transitional government were "transparent" and "fruitful."

Both sides announced they would set up a joint committee composed of members of both the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, to tackle political disputes.

 

CHICAGO

Symphony musicians

approve new contract

Musicians at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have approved a new contract, a key step to ending a nearly seven-week strike.

The Chicago Federation of Musicians said the five-year deal includes a 13.2% increase in salary and protects retirement benefits. The union said musicians unanimously supported it Saturday.

The board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association also must vote on the contract.

 

KWA-THEMA, SOUTH AFRICA

Thousands celebrate

Freedom Day anniversary

Sporting a lively array of colorful outfits, about 3,500 South Africans attended celebrations on Saturday in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, on Freedom Day, the public holiday marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid.

Many wore the bright yellow, green and black colors of the African National Congress, the ruling party of the late Nelson Mandela that played a crucial role in the struggle that ended the brutal system of racial discrimination.

 

GRAND HAVEN, MICH.

Police asking drivers

to return found cash 

Police in Michigan are appealing to people to surrender their instant riches after a box with $30,000 fell off the back of a truck.

Authorities in Grand Haven said drivers stopped Thursday to pick up cash for themselves.

Only $2,500 was immediately recovered and returned to the owner, who had forgotten that a cash box was on the truck's bumper. Traffic was backed up on U.S. 31 after money hit the ground.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires