Around the nation

2013-03-06T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

District of Columbia

Senate panel OKs Brennan for CIA post

WASHINGTON - White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan moved closer to becoming the next CIA director on Tuesday when the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 in favor of his nomination for the spy post.

The vote came after the White House agreed to give lawmakers access to additional secret Justice Department memos that lay out the Obama administration's legal justification for the killing of U.S. citizens accused of collaborating with al-Qaida overseas.

Brennan now faces a vote before the full Senate, where he is expected to win confirmation despite lingering concerns over aspects of his record and the administration's refusal to let lawmakers see the full list of legal memos on targeted killing operations.

Tennessee

Boy Scouts event dropped by singer

NASHVILLE - Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the national Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the organization's exclusion of gays.

Jepsen, the Canadian pop singer best known for the hit "Call Me Maybe," made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

"I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level," she wrote.

Rock band Train also has taken a stand, but pursued a different tack in a post on its website Friday. The group asked the BSA to reconsider its policy rather than immediately pull out of the July gathering in West Virginia.

New York

Crash suspect says he's set to surrender

NEW YORK - The suspected driver who fled the scene of a grisly crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and ultimately the child they were expecting said Tuesday that he planned to surrender, though police continued searching for him and said they would arrest him if they found him.

Julio Acevedo, 44, told the Daily News of New York that he was speeding away from a gunman who was trying to shoot at him early Sunday when the accident with a hired car happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. He said he fled the scene because he was worried he'd be killed.

New York

Kissinger in hospital after fall at home

NEW YORK - Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been admitted to a New York City hospital for observation after a fall in his home.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital said in a statement that Kissinger entered the hospital on Tuesday. The hospital said the 89-year-old ex-diplomat was expected to be discharged later in the day. It declined to say how he fell or what his injuries were.

Kissinger served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

Maine

Teen missing 2 days in wild is found alive

CARRABASSETT VALLEY - A 17-year-old skier who tried to take a backcountry shortcut survived two nights in the wild by building a shelter, drinking from a stream and walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day, officials said Tuesday.

A snowmobiler who was not part of an official search party found Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., about 9 a.m. Tuesday west of Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maine Warden Service said.

"I said, 'A lot of people are looking for you,' " snowmobiler Joseph Paul recalled telling the 17-year-old when they met up. "He said, 'I bet.' "

Wire reports

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