October 10th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Hot Air Balloon Crashes After Hitting Power Line; Two Burned

A wayward hot air balloon hit power lines Wednesday morning during an event in New Mexico, severely burning the two men in it and causing the balloon to plummet some 40 feet to the ground, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

The accident occurred during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a celebration dubbed by organizers as the "World's Largest Ballooning Event."

The two men, identified as 59-year-old Mark Kilgore and 66-year-old Daniel Lovato, were rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital to be treated for burns, event organizers said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot, his passenger, their chase crew and families," said Tom Garrity, a spokesman for the balloon event. "We will address aspects of this accident with our pilots at our next pilot briefing in hopes that the sequence of events will not repeat themselves."


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October 9th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

Woman Found Dead In Hospital Stairwell Believed To Be Missing Patient

She checked herself into a hospital 17 days ago for a bladder infection. But nobody could've predicted it would end like this.

When Lynne Spalding went missing from San Francisco General Hospital, her friends frantically searched and left messages on a Facebook page to keep each other hopeful.

On Tuesday, the messages on the "Find Lynne" Facebook pageturned from hope to anger. A body was found in an exterior stairwell of the hospital, and a law enforcement source says it is believed to be Spalding, CNN's Dan Simon reports.

How could this be? Spalding's friends had searched throughout San Francisco, in alleys and shelters, handing out hundreds of fliers.They wondered whether the woman, dazed by powerful medication, was wandering around somewhere.

"So we have a lot of questions as her family and friends," said David Perry, a Spalding family spokesman. "Did anyone see her leave the room? Did she leave alone? Is there videotape of Lynne leaving the hospital or wandering the halls?"

All who looked for Spalding, 57, who has two adult children, assumed the hospital had been searched thoroughly.

"Dumbfounded that they didn't find her for two weeks?! Where the hell were they looking?!" Liz Kennedy wrote on the "Find Lynne" website.

"I honestly believe there should be an investigation into how the hospital areas were not thoroughly checked by the staff," another poster named Sunil Raj wrote.

Hospital officials and police say they are investigating. The hospital says it has no idea how the body ended up in the rarely-used staircase.


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October 4th, 2013
11:22 AM ET

Source: Suspect In Biker Attack Video ID'd

Authorities say they've identified and are closer to finding one of the main bikers that played a role in the beating of a New York SUV driver, an act that was captured on tape and sparked national outrage, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

The biker being sought is suspected of bashing in the SUV driver's window, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN late Thursday.

The suspect was not in custody but may soon be, the official said.

The incident took place on Manhattan's West Side Highway on Sunday. Police said a man driving a Range Rover struck a motorcyclist who had slowed.


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