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Fugitive arrested in '68 hijacking

NEW YORK — A man wanted for hijacking a flight out of New York 40 years ago was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Cuba, federal authorities said.

Longtime fugitive Luis Armando Pena Soltren was wanted for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking of a Pan Am flight bound for Puerto Rico. The 66-year-old Soltren was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, federal prosecutors said. Soltren was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

Sewage spills cause problems for lakes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Large amounts of sewage that contribute to sometimes dangerous bacteria levels have spilling into Missouri waterways when rain floods decaying sewer systems or old pipes break.

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into Missouri's waterways in the past year alone, according to data from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

DNR spokesman Travis Ford told the Kansas City Star the agency is conducting an internal investigation into its own procedures because of concerns about the risk to human health.

McCain: Palin remains strong force in GOP

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain says Sarah Palin remains a formidable force in the Republican Party despite widespread criticisms of his 2008 running mate.

One of McCain's top advisers from his presidential campaign has said Palin would be a catastrophe for the GOP if she's the party's presidential nominee in 2012.

McCain says tensions are to be expected among campaign officials during and after a tough election. He says he's happy to have good Republicans eyeing the 2012 presidential race and says "Sarah is one of them."

Earhart goggles fetch $141,600 at auction

LOS ANGELES — A pair of Amelia Earhart's goggles have fetched $141,600 at an auction of entertainment memorabilia.

The Kansas-born aviatrix wore the goggles on her historic 1932 solo trans-Atlantic flight.

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