Regional Briefs – January 21, 2015

Baby Becomes New York’s 2nd Child Flu Victim

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A baby from Buffalo who died is the flu’s second child fatality in New York this season, Erie County health officials reported Tuesday. The infant was under six months old, an age too young for the vaccine. As of Jan. 10, the flu was in 56 of the state’s 62 counties and New York City.

Avonte Oquendo’s Mom Will Attend State of the Union

NEW YORK – Vanessa Fontane, mother of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who died after disappearing from his Queens school in Oct.  2013, is to attend the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night as the guest of Sen. Charles Schumer, the Associated Press reported. She hopes to draw attention to “Avonte’s Law,” which would fund a voluntary tracking system for autistic children.

Trump Giving “Serious Thought” to Presidential Run

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Donald Trump said Monday he’s once again giving “serious thought” to running for president. He told a South Carolina Tea Party convention that he would be the best person to lead the country, that it was “outrageous” Mitt Romney may run again, and that the last thing the nation needs is another Bush.

Plane Searched at JFK After False Bomb Threat

NEW YORK – A passenger jet at JFK International Airport got the all-clear Monday night after a bomb threat. A Delta flight from San Francisco with 171 passengers was evacuated right after it landed, then taken to a remote part of the runway to be checked.

First Solar Plane Expected At JFK Airport

NEW YORK – The first “round-the-world” flight by a solar-powered aircraft will make a stop at JFK Airport this spring. Solar Impulse 2, with a 236-feet wingspan, will take off from Abu Dhabi and will stop in New York in May or June.

Investigators: Garner Memorial Fire an Accident

NEW YORK – Investigators say candles caused a fire that damaged a memorial to Eric Garner, contradicting a claim by his stepfather, Benjamin Carr, that it may have been intentionally set, the Associated Press reported. The fire occurred around 10:30 p.m. Monday after a vigil led by Al Sharpton. On Tuesday morning, all that remained intact was a wreath bearing Garner’s name.