Cardinals World Series-bound
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals stunned Clayton Kershaw with a four-run third inning, rookie Michael Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.
Matt Carpenter sparked St. Louis' big inning with a one-out double on the 11th pitch of his at-bat. Beltran singled him home and the Cardinals quickly removed all the suspense surrounding a team that squandered a 3-1 series lead in the NLCS last fall against San Francisco.
Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday at the winner of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.
After losing Game 5 in Los Angeles, the Cardinals turned to Wacha once again. The right-hander was even better in outpitching Kershaw for the second time this series.
Folksy Texas football coach dies
HOUSTON - Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.
"Bum is gone to Heaven," son Wade Phillips tweeted Friday night. "Loved and will be missed by all — great Dad, Coach, and Christian."
Phillips died at his home in Goliad.
Wade Phillips is the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator.
Christie: NJ will comply with gay marriage order
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he disagrees with it, but he will comply with a state Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in the state starting Monday.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says in a statement that the governor "firmly believes that this determination should be made by all the people of the state of New Jersey."
But he says the state Health Department will help towns carry out Friday's state Supreme Court ruling.
The court denied the Christie administration's request to delay a lower-court order that the state recognize same-sex marriage beginning Monday.
6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say the camera from a police cruiser shows an officer entered an intersection with a green light when his vehicle struck a car, killing six members of a family just northwest of Ohio's capital.
Perry Township police Chief Robert Oppenheimer says investigators with the Columbus police pulled the footage, which shows the victims' Toyota Corolla enter the intersection on a red light and come to a stop before the crash.
The officer from the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington was responding to an armed robbery report when the crash occurred around 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Officials say the cruiser's lights were flashing and the siren was on.
Police say a Columbus man was driving the other car, carrying his wife and their four daughters, ages 16, 14, 12 and 2.
NEW: 20 killed, 44 injured in Philippine road accident
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in the Philippines say at least 20 people were killed and 44 others injured when a truck smashed into the rear of a passenger bus on a remote downhill provincial road, setting off a succession of crashes.
Atimonan town police chief Jonar Yupio says the bus driver lost control of his vehicle and hit two buses and four vans coming from the opposite direction before toppling over, pinning many of the victims. Four children, the truck driver and his assistant were among those killed.
Yupio says it was raining when the accident occurred early Saturday morning, shortly past midnight.
He says there have been about five other accidents on the narrow downhill road in Quezon province, about 115 kilometers (72 miles) southeast of Manila.
NEW: Chinese man accused of killing wife, 6 relatives
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say they have arrested a man they suspect fatally stabbed his pregnant wife and six of her relatives, including two elderly grandparents and two young nieces.
Police in China's northwest autonomous region of Ningxia say 24-year-old Ma Yongdong was captured Friday night.
State media say the suspect had quarreled Monday with his wife, Lan Xiaohong, who was six months pregnant. They say he found her later that day at her parents' home in a village in Pengyang county, and that he clashed with his in-laws before killing all seven victims with a knife.
The victims were Lan, her parents, grandparents and two nieces — ages 4 and 1½.
Ningxia police say on their official microblog that Ma has admitted to the homicides.
UPDATE: Autopsy inconclusive for fetus found in NYC bag
NEW YORK (AP) — Medical examiners say an autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl's shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store is inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died.
The inconclusive results came Friday, and the medical examiners' office says the needed tests could take a couple of weeks.
Chief police spokesman John McCarthy says investigators are awaiting the medical examiners' findings. Those would show how the fetus died, including whether it was born alive and whether it was asphyxiated.
The remains were discovered Thursday when a security guard stopped two 17-year-old girls at a Victoria's Secret store.
The girls were arrested on petit larceny charges. It's unclear whether they have lawyers.
UPDATE: 2 killers registered as felons after their escape
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two convicted killers who were freed by bogus paperwork as questions linger about who created the legitimate-looking documents that exposed gaps in Florida's judicial system.
Within days of walking out of prison, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, who had been sentenced to life, traveled about 300 miles to a jail an Orlando and registered as felons.
They signed paperwork. They were fingerprinted, and they were even photographed before walking out of the jail without raising any alarms. Had one of the murder victim's family not contacted prosecutors, authorities might not have known about the mistaken releases.
Authorities are trying to figure out how that could have happened and how to stop it from happening again.
BILL RUSSELL ARRESTED
NEW: Bill Russell arrested for carrying gun at airport
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials found a loaded gun in his luggage.
Russell was arrested Wednesday night as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Friday night that Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell's gun was confiscated and he was released.
Russell's gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. He was turned over to Port of Seattle police and there were no disruptions at the airport.
The 79-year-old Russell has lived in the Seattle area for decades. He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77.
UPDATE: Bill Young remembered for his 43 years in Congress
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young is being remembered as a longtime advocate for a strong national defense and for his hard work for his Florida constituents in his 43 years in Congress.
Young died Friday at age 82, one week after announcing from his hospital bed that he would not seek a 23rd term in Congress.
Young's chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said he died at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He had been there for nearly two weeks with back problems that came from a 1970 small plane crash.
Young was the longest-serving Republican in Congress and a defense hawk who was influential on military spending.
That's why he made headlines in 2012 when he said the United States should withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.
Stepmom of teen accused in Fla. bullying arrested
UNDATED (AP) — Florida deputies have arrested the stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a girl prior to her suicide.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Friday that 30-year-old Vivian Vosburg has been booked into the county jail on two counts of child abuse with bodily harm and four counts of child neglect.
Officials say Vosburg beat a child with her fists in her home as several other children watched.
Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference that one child in the home took a cellphone video of the beating and posted it on Facebook.
Judd says Vosburg is the stepmother of one of two girls charged with felony aggravated stalking earlier in the week. Officials say the girls bullied and harassed 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before she committed suicide.
Created: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:16:56 EST
Updated: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:16:56 EST