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March 13th, 2014
09:00 PM ET

US Airways plane evacuated after landing gear collapsed in Philadelphia

(CNN) - A US Airways plane blew a tire during takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia's airport, an airline spokesman said, with witnesses adding that they saw the plane "bounce" before screeching to a halt.

Citing initial reports, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said the commercial airliner's pilot decided to abort takeoff following the tire issue. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters noted the plane's front wheels collapsed, as photos indicate.

One person aboard ended up requesting medical assistance, said Lehmacher. Similarly, a Philadelphia fire department spokesman told CNN that there was one minor injury.

Passengers on the Florida-bound flight subsequently got off the plane and onto the runway, where they were picked up.

"Our crew safely evacuated the passengers," Lehmacher said. "We are accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening."

Flight 1702 was scheduled to take off at 5:50 p.m. and arrive in Fort Lauderdale about three hours later, according to US Airways' website, though the FAA's Peters said the incident took place around 6:25 p.m.

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February 13th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Police: Body found in Texas believed to be missing world traveler

(CNN) - Authorities in Texas believe they have found the body of Leanne Hecht Bearden, a 33-year-old who traveled all over the world only to go missing soon after returning to the United States.

Bearden had last been seen January 17, heading for what was supposed to be a one-hour walk from her in-laws' house in Garden Ridge, Texas. When she didn't come back, her family joined authorities in conducting an extensive search and a public outreach blitz urging people to be on the lookout.

Police got their first indication the hunt might be over in a phone call from a man around 12:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. ET) saying there was a body "in a wooded area near his home in Garden Ridge," city police Chief Donna O'Conner said.

O'Conner said responding officers "located what we believe to be the body of Leanne Bearden."

"We will reserve any information regarding the cause of death until an autopsy has been performed," the chief said. "Our thoughts are with the Bearden and Hecht families and (we) ask that you respect them in their time of grief."

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January 16th, 2014
01:14 PM ET

Asians up in arms over 'How I Met Your Mother' episode

(CNN) - CBS' newest "How I Met Your Mother" episode was supposed to serve as the latest and greatest installment in the series' ongoing gag about soundly, if humorously, slapping around a good friend.

Only thing is, some in the Asian community saw it as a slap in the face.

The sitcom's Monday show generated buzz on social media, but not for the reasons its creators intended. Instead, some reacted angrily to the decision to recast lead character actors - all of them white - in yellowface and to dress them in stereotypical Asian attire.

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"Yellowface? Orientalism? Fu Manchu? What?" tweeted one person, referencing the term "oriental" that many Asians find offensive. "Not okay @cbs."

On Wednesday, the creators of "How I Met Your Mother," which is in its final season, acknowledged the controversy and that some people had been offended by the portrayals in the show. Carter Bays tweeted that the episode aimed to be a "silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies." But Bays added that some didn't see it as funny at all, and for that, "We're deeply sorry."

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